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The Everitt Academy opens in Carlton Colville

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust has opened The Everitt Academy to provide additional support to young people in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft.

18 September 2017

The Everitt Academy has opened this week in Carlton Colville, sponsored by the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust. The school supports young people in Waveney school district aged 9 to 16-years-old who find themselves outside mainstream education to achieve their potential, progress quickly and to succeed in sustained education or employment.

Suffolk County Council identified a shortfall in school places for Special Education across the Waveney district and recommended the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust as the sponsor of the new social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) school and this was approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust is the vehicle for Catch22’s sponsorship of academies and its schools focus on pupils who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision. Catch22 Multi Academies Trust is able to draw on the expertise, national networks and support of social business and charity Catch22 in key areas such as family support, substance misuse, youth justice and employment pathways.

The Everitt Academy

The Everitt Academy is a specialist alternative education school for 50 pupils aged 9 to 16-years-old who exhibit Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The Everitt Academy provides short-term placements for young people in the Carlton Colville area who require additional behavioural and/or mental health support. All students at The Everitt Academy have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in relation to their SEMH needs. Elizabeth Swan has joined Catch22 as Headteacher of The Everitt Academy after five years in Suffolk as Deputy Headteacher of Saxmundham Free School, and previously ten years of working in schools in London.

Elizabeth Swan, Headteacher of The Everitt Academy said:

“I aim to create a school where staff feel valued, happy and healthy at work and to create with them a school that our learners are proud to attend, where they feel safe, secure and able to access high quality learning.”

Cllr Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said:

“Suffolk County Council identified a gap in the provision in the county and worked with both the Department for Education and the regional schools commissioner to ensure we were able to create the case for a school. We also led on the academy selection competition.

Pupils placed at The Everitt Academy by Suffolk County Council may have a formal diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, but it has been identified all pupils require specialist support in managing their social and emotional responses to situations and other children and adults.

The ongoing suitability of any education placement is closely monitored in respect of pupils’ response to the support provided and the progress they make. For some pupils, a relatively short term placement may enable them to return to their local school, whilst for others, a longer period of intervention may be required.

We’re pleased with how things are going so far and hope the school, and its pupils, continue to succeed.”

Graham Payne, Executive Principal of the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust added:

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Everitt Academy in Carlton Colville. This is a really important provision for the local area and we are looking forward to meeting our new recruits! As well as providing the children with the highest standards of teaching and learning, we hope that the Academy serves as an important hub for the local community and we are excited about the prospect of working with other stakeholders who share our ambition to secure the best possible life chances for the children in our care.“

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