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Ashwood Academy officially opened by Regional Schools Commissioner

Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington officially opened The Ashwood Academy in Basingstoke at a launch event held on 29 January 2015.

10 February 2015

The Ashwood Academy welcomed over 40 local stakeholders and headteachers to the official launch on 29 January 2015 at its site in Basingstoke.

Dominic Herrington, the Department of Education’s Regional Schools Commissioner for South East England and South London, officially opened the Academy. He gave a thought-provoking speech on the importance of alternative provision and praised Catch22’s delivery of high quality education at Ashwood.

The Academy’s progress in recent months and the role Catch22 is playing in supporting Ashwood was highlighted to the guests during the evening. There was a showcase of students’ work and guests were invited to tour the Academy and meet some of its pupils, who shared their experiences of the positive impact Ashwood has had on them.

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Catch22 Chief Executive Chris Wright, Headteacher Graham Payne, and Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington with learners from The Ashwood Academy

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About the academy

The Ashwood Academy is a small, supportive alternative education centre for learners aged 11 to 16-years-old, offering short term provision with the aim of reintegrating learners into mainstream schools. The national curriculum is delivered within a flexible and nurturing environment that recognises individual needs and the Academy’s strong wraparound approach enables learners to build their confidence, overcome barriers to learning and progress to a positive next step.

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The Ashwood Academy launch event

Catch22 was selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to sponsor Ashwood Education Centre in February 2014. At the start of the academic year 2014/15, Ashwood Education Centre converted to The Ashwood Academy and became part of the Catch22 Group. It is the first pupil referral unit and alternative education school under Catch22’s new sponsorship agreement and Catch22 have been working closely with the local authority in Hampshire to improve outcomes and design a model for Ashwood that meets local need.

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Artwork by students from The Ashwood Academy

Catch22’s alternate education provision

In the last two years, Catch22 has made significant investment in our alternative education provision, through our independent schools and now through the DfE maintained school, Ashwood Academy. Catch22 also supports over 700 vulnerable young people with challenging behaviours through include, its group of five independent alternative education schools.

Catch22 also brings a wealth of experience in delivering successful employability programmes. The Academy will now focus on better preparing Ashwood learners for the world of work by providing access to apprenticeship opportunities, a wider choice of career experiences and promoting development of the right mindset for successful and sustained employment.

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