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About Us

Young People’s Academy is a secondary special school for students with social, emotional and mental health needs.

We recognise that the majority of our students thrive via a varied curriculum that is practical based and introduces students to and enhances their experiences via an enrichment programme.

We understand that many of our students arrive at Young People’s Academy having had very difficult experiences of school in the past. With the skill and dedication of our staff, we aim to reconnect them with education so they can make progress to becoming successful adults via a reflective approach. Reflection and restorative practice, as opposed to detentions and exclusions, is used to help students understand what is currently happening, what they are trying and using well, and how they can move forward.

Young People’s Academy is determined that students will leave with academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, able to sustain relationships and employment and maintain healthy households.

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

Latest News

Listening Period

We are currently undertaking a two week ‘listening period’ with our key stakeholders, as part of the closure process of the current YPA ahead of the opening of the new YPA building in Spring 2022. The purpose of the Listening …

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New School Build Update

Work is progressing at pace on YPA’s brand new school. A number of rooms and teaching spaces are taking shape and the building infrastructure is beginning to be installed. The roof of the building will act as the services hub …

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Trip to 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park and Family Farm

Students studying Food technology recently enjoyed a trip to 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park and Family Farm. They spent the day petting the farm animals, feeding calves, riding on tractors and tiring themselves out on the slides, bouncy pillows and go-karts. …

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Showcasing PRIDE values wherever we go!

On a recent outing to Liquid Leisure, one of YPA’s Year 9 students, Dylan Linstead demonstrated all of the schools PRIDE values.  Dylan saw a staff member struggling in the water and bravely swam to his rescue and got him …

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