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Catch22 announced as sponsor for new special educational needs free school

Catch22 has been announced as the sponsor for a new special educational needs free school, due to open next year in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft.

21 December 2016

Catch22 has been announced as the sponsor for a new special educational needs free school, due to open next year in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft.

Suffolk County Council recommended Catch22 to be the sponsor of the new Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) school and this has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

The free school will be located on the former site of Carlton Colville Primary School, in Hall Road and will offer small specialised provision for around 50 pupils from Years 5 to 11 (ages 9-16). Catch22 will run a consultation for the wider community in the coming months, to agree the specifics of the provision.

Refurbishment and remodelling work will be needed on the existing school building before it can open as the new free school, with the work due to go out to tender in the New Year. Part of the building is used by The Attic, a Pupil Referral Unit maintained by Suffolk County Council, and this will remain on the site alongside the new free school run by Catch22.

Cllr Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:

Catch22 has a strong history of providing young people with specialist education that supports them to progress and succeed, and has a number of existing schools that are all rated Good by Ofsted. During the panel day we heard from a number of prospective sponsors, and Catch22 showed a good understanding of the needs of pupils with SEMH and the kind of support they may need both inside and outside school.

‘They also provided a strong model for the new school with a commitment to raising the educational outcomes of pupils, including placing high importance on involving the pupils in the school to build their confidence and encourage them to take part in their learning.’

Tracy Pepper, Director of Education at Catch22 commented:

‘We are thrilled to be working with the County Council and existing education community to improve the outcomes of young people in Suffolk. We are proud of the transformative impact that the Catch22 model has on the lives of our pupils, and look forward to having the same impact for pupils of the new free school in Carlton Colville.’

Catch22 delivers education through Academies, Independent schools, Post-16 Study Programme and bespoke Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) in-school and off-site provision.

We opened our first alternative provision school in 2011 and in 2014 launched the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust, an approved Academy Sponsor which focuses on students who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision. We aim to provide young people aged four to 18-years-old with alternative education in order for them to progress and succeed in sustained education or employment. By 2017 we expect to have 13 schools within their education directorate.

About Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs

SEMH needs are a type of special educational needs in which children may struggle to maintain relationships with peers and adults, and can mean that they find it difficult to engage with mainstream education.

The majority of young people with SEMH needs in Suffolk are educated at their local school. However, a small percentage of pupils benefit from an alternative learning environment with a higher ratio of teachers to pupils and onsite education specialists. The new SEMH free school in Carlton Colville will provide pupils with a specialised curriculum and opportunities into employment and further education.