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

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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Windrush Day

YPA marked Windrush Day by acknowledging those who immigrated to Britain post World War 2 from the Caribbean to help rebuild the country. The staff and students wore the colours black or yellow to match the vibrancy and ethnicity of …

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New Free School building update

We’re excited to be able to share some images of the building works at our new Free School, due to open April 2022. The building will comprise two separate Free Schools; Young People’s Academy and Young People’s Hub (currently The …

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Canine assisted learning

We’ve welcomed a new member to the YPA family! Indie is our very friendly assistant who loves supporting our students. Working with Indie allows students to discuss how they are feeling and work towards regulating their emotions. This targeted therapy …

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