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Young People in Torbay to get additional support with the opening of two new academies

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust has opened two new academies in Torbay. The Burton Academy and The Brunel Academy will provide additional support for young people in Paignton and Torquay, empowering them to achieve their potential, no matter what their background.

20 April 2017

The Burton Academy in Torquay and The Brunel Academy in Paignton have opened this month, both sponsored by the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust. The schools will support young people in Torbay aged 11 to 16-years-old who find themselves outside mainstream education to achieve their potential, progress quickly and to succeed in sustained education or employment.

Torbay County Council recommended the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust as the sponsor of the new alternative provision (AP) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) schools 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. Its schools focus on pupils who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision. We are 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 Burton Academy

The Burton Academy, opened across two sites in Paignton and Torquay, is an alternative education school (AP) for 40 pupils aged 11 to 16-years-old and whose needs cannot be met within a mainstream environment. The Academy will support young people in the Torbay area who require additional social, emotional and behavioural support. The Academy will provide special educational provision for children who need additional support to maintain relationships with peers and adults.

The Brunel Academy

The Brunel Academy is a specialist alternative education school for 56 pupils aged 11 to 16-years-old who exhibit Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The Brunel Academy provides short-term placements for young people in the Torbay area who require additional behavioural and/or mental health support. All students at The Brunel Academy have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in relation to their SEMH needs.

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

‘The opening of both the Burton and Brunel Academies is good news for both the local community and for the young people of Torbay who are outside of mainstream education. 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 our new learners in Torbay. We work hard to make sure that all of our schools are best practice environments where all students achieve their purpose, have a good place to learn, and are supported by good people and to deliver education where everyone is able to achieve their potential, no matter what their background’.

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