New Alternative Provision free school for children aged 8-16 - update

Issued in partnership with Delta Academies Trust

Delta Academies Trust, in partnership with Barnsley Council, has received Department for Education (DfE) approval to open a new Alternative Provision free school for children aged 8-16.  This will help meet the need for high quality alternative provision places in the Barnsley area, to inspire and support young people to re-engage in learning.

The purpose-built school will allow our young people to benefit from a broad, enriching, and inclusive curriculum, delivered through outstanding teaching and learning. The school will follow the highly successful Delta model, which incorporates the blueprint of the DfE's alternative provision Taskforce pilot, embedding multi-agency support within a school setting.  

The new school will provide a state-of-the-art environment for students to undertake their studies in a high-quality setting. We are excited we will be able to offer an ambitious range of academic and technical subjects, underpinned by individualised pastoral support, care and career guidance, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to help them take their next steps in education, training or employment. 

The Trust is looking forward to working with Barnsley Council and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver this inspiring project.  

Jo Pittard, Executive Principal, Delta Academies Trust said: “Our vision is for students to feel safe, valued and part of a community, so that they develop a sense of self-belief, aspiration and pride in their ability and achievements.

“We look forward to working closely with young people, parents, staff and wider stakeholders to realise this vision.”    

Paul Tarn CEO, Delta Academies Trust, said: “I am delighted that more young people will have the opportunity to benefit from the personalised approach to learning and the outstanding enrichment curriculum which has been rightly recognised by OFSTED at Delta’s current alternative provision academies.

“I look forward to working with Jo, the wider team and key local stakeholders to deliver this exciting project for the benefit of local young people and the wider community.”    

Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, Cllr Trevor Cave, said: “Barnsley Council is thrilled that our joint application for a new Alternative Provision Free School for Barnsley has been successful. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Delta Academies Trust to create a school which will provide positive outcomes for our most vulnerable young people.”

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