New alternative provision free school for Barnsley, following spring budget announcement

We’re delighted to announce that Barnsley was one of the twenty successful bids for alternative provision free schools, as announced by the Government in its spring budget.

Out of 43 applications, only 20 schools were secured, and we will be welcoming Delta Barnsley AP Free School to our borough in the future.

The Alternative Provision free schools will support early intervention, helping improve outcomes for children requiring alternative provision, and helping them to fulfil their potential.   A key part of what the school will offer will focus on provision that will help prevent escalation to suspensions or permanent exclusions which we know are so damaging to young people’s future.

Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said:

“We are committed to making Barnsley the place of possibilities for all our children and young people and we understand the importance of offering a diverse range of learning environments. for them to be able to fulfil their potential.  

“High-quality alternative provision plays a crucial role in maintaining the engagement of children and young individuals in their learning journey while providing essential support to address challenges related to social, emotional, mental health, and behaviour.”

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