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Our post-16 colleges provide progammes for learners aged 16-19 who, for whatever reason, do not want to stay in a traditional academic environment.

Our approach

We specialise in offering learning and training opportunities for young people outside of a traditional academic environment. We provide our students with a different option – the opportunity to carry on their learning in a smaller, highly supportive environment where the focus is on providing learning and training options to help you gain the skills, qualifications and experiences you need to achieve your goals in life.

Our programmes can be tailored to each learner’s individual needs, education and employment goals, with tutors working with young people to design a tailored learning programme that is matched to their interests and goals. These learning options can include literacy and numeracy skills, work experience, and vocational qualifications, alongside personal and social development, and behaviour, attendance and attainment support.

Learners and apprentices enjoy learning in a positive, respectful and caring environment. Young people benefit from studying in small groups and apprentices from effective, one-to-one support from their tutors. Most young people who start their programme lacking the skills to learn, develop into motivated individuals who achieve well.

Ofsted Inspection Report, 2022

Our locations

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Links Studios

Links Studios

A state-of-the-art recording studio for teaching and developing young people through music in Newham.

105 Barking Road, London, UK

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Links Media College

Links Media College

Links Media College supports young people aged 16-19 to achieve recognised Music Technology qualifications.

105 Barking Road, London, UK

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Maidstone Skills Centre

Maidstone Skills Centre

Maidstone Skills Centre provides schools and pupil referral units with vocational study for students in Years 10-13.

Maidstone Skills Centre, Titchfield Road, Maidstone, UK

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Catch22 College: Maidstone

Catch22 College: Maidstone

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-19.

Maidstone Skills Centre, Titchfield Road, Maidstone, UK

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Catch22 College: Great Yarmouth

Catch22 College: Great Yarmouth

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-19.

North River Road, Great Yarmouth, UK

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Catch22 College: Thetford

Catch22 College: Thetford

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-19.

Croxton Road, Thetford, UK

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Catch22 College: Nottingham

Catch22 College: Nottingham

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-19.

Daleside Road, Nottingham, UK

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Catch22 College: Peterlee

Catch22 College: Peterlee

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-19.

1 Hailsham Pl, Hailsham Place, Peterlee, UK

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Catch22 College: Bishop Auckland

Catch22 College: Bishop Auckland

Catch22 College delivers vocational and academic qualifications for young people aged 16-24.

1c Henson Close, Bishop Auckland, UK

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Frequently asked questions

What are the three key elements of Catch22's post-16 programmes?

Our students can pick from a range of learning options from three key elements:

  • Functional literacy and numeracy skills: We support learners to reach functional skills at Level 2 in both numeracy and literacy by the time they finish their learning programme.
  • Work experience: We aim to support all learners into external work placements. This enables the development of good employment skills and with support provides an environment which enables learners to build their confidence and understanding of the world of work.
  • Vocational qualifications: Local delivery teams carry out a detailed market analysis to ensure that our vocational programmes that they offer meet the needs of the local economy.

Catch22 is accredited with the national matrix quality standard – an outcome-based accreditation promoted by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills for organisations that offer high quality advice and guidance services.

What subjects or courses are available at each of Catch22's post-16 service locations?

Each College has its own prospectus which outlines the courses available. Please visit their service page using the links above to access their prospectus and online learning timetables.

Can I access any financial support whilst studying with Catch22?

As a post-16 student at Catch22, you may be entitled to receive financial support to help you while you are studying with us. On our financial support page, you can find links to guidance and support on applying for bursaries, alongside the relevant application forms (including eligibility criteria).

Application forms should be submitted to College staff prior to admission, or on site.

As required by the ESFA, we have also published a statement to provide details of how we plan to use the 16-19 Tuition Funding in line with the ESFA guidance to prioritise support for disadvantaged students.

What happens in the event of a temporary college closure?

In the event of a college closure Catch22 are committed to provide education, learning and support for our students, through a blended learning delivery of lessons, this includes self study and online delivery.

The reasons why we would use the blended learning approach are:

  • Government advice
  • College and Students absence
  • Severe weather and any other eventuality meaning a site needed to close as per business continuity plans

Where possible colleges will replicate students’ timetables and curriculum. This will also take into consideration safeguarding and the wellbeing of students.

More information can be found in our Blended Learning Policy.

What is the vision of Catch22's post-16 programmes?

At Catch22, we believe that people can thrive if they have three basic things in life. We call these our 3Ps. In practice, for our Colleges, this means:

  • People: We believe that every young person, regardless of their background or the barriers they face, deserves a good education. Our dedicated staff help students achieve their full potential by providing tailored support to give them the best chance of success.
  • Purpose: We educate students and help them become active citizens in their communities. We equip them with the skills, qualifications and confidence to progress in the world of work and enter the next stage of their lives with purpose.
  • Place: Our Colleges provide a safe, youth-centered and nurturing environment. There is a strong mutual respect between students and staff, creating places that are conducive to learning and development.

What are the values of Catch22's post-16 programmes?

Our values describe how we go about our work. The College Team values reflect the Catch22 values:

We’re compassionate: we care about people – supporting them to move forward.

Many of our students face barriers to learning; whether that’s due to poor mental health, a difficult family situation or previous negative experiences in school. At Catch22, we don’t give up on people. We understand the complexity of needs and adapt our approach accordingly.

Because of our high staff to student ratio, we’re able to work with each student as an individual and support them with all aspects of their lives.

Our students are cared for and referred to other services for extra help if they need it.

We’re collaborative: we do things with people, not to them

Learner voice is at the heart of our ethos. Our students are encouraged to voice their opinions and tell us what works and what doesn’t – and we act on that feedback.

We also involve parents and carers in College life so there is a consistency of message and support for students at home and in the College setting.

We collaborate closely with other services – including social care, drug and alcohol services, housing support and speech and language therapy. Students are able to access these services as and when they need to.

We  also work with local employers to open up work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for our students. Our curriculum is shaped around local labour market needs, putting us in a unique position to be able to help students gain employment and apprenticeships in roles of value to the local community.

We empower others: we give people the knowledge, skills and opportunities to thrive

Our core purpose it to make a positive impact on young people’s lives by empowering them to believe that they can succeed in education.

Students are empowered by the fact that we don’t just value qualifications – we value (and reward) commitment and behaviour. For those struggling to achieve academically we teach them perseverance and how to break down work into milestones and celebrate each success.

There are no entry requirements for our Colleges; all students are treated as individuals and supported to reach their ambitions.

Our staff too are empowered to give the best possible support to students, with CPD geared around nurturing, pastoral support and qualifications.

We’re curious: we explore, innovate and challenge to improve what we do

We’re proud of our innovative teaching methods. Our students are receptive to alternative ways of learning – whether that’s through gamifying maths lessons or replacing desk-based learning with more practical sessions.

We appreciate the importance of motivating students. Our staff continually develop creative ways to recognise good attitudes and behaviours, and explore ways in which to keep students interested in learning and committed to staying the course.

Contact our post-16 training programmes

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Lisa Widdowson

Director of Learning and Skills

Talk to us about how together, we can support young people to progress and sustain in education.

We would love to hear from you if you are looking to:

  • re-engage a young person at risk of low attendance or social exclusion,
  • support learners who can benefit from small, supportive vocational education provision, or
  • make college participation inclusive.

Privacy notice

How we manage your data

Catch22 Charity Ltd. manages the data you provide in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • The Data Controller (the organisation that determines how your data is managed) is Catch22Contact us if you have a query about how your data is managed.
  • The Data Processor (the organisation that does data processing on behalf of Catch22) is Totally.Tech.
  • We are committed to giving you (the Data Subject in legal terms) an easy way to exercise your eight rights under the GDPR.
  • We retain your data for as long as you allow us to do so. You can exercise your right to erasure at any time however, there may be some instances where we need to retain your information for a longer duration for legal reasons, such as when applying for a job with Catch22.

What information do we collect?

Catch22 may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

  • information about your computer and your visits to and use of this website, including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views (cookies),
  • information that you provide to us for the purpose of applying for a job or receiving job alerts (job applications / job alerts),
  • subscribing to email newsletters including your name and email address (email newsletter), or
  • information that you submit that relates to a complaint, service feedback or enquiry (complaints / feedback and enquiries).

Specific detail of each processing activity is provided below.


Cookies are text files that are stored on your web browser by a website’s server. Each cookie is unique to your browser, and will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the website domain name. This information is sent back to the server each time your browser requests a page from it. This enables the website server to identify and track your web browser via your unique, anonymous, identifier.

Catch22 only uses cookies on its website where they will support the functioning of its website and to improve the experience of its website visitors. These cookies may be created by Catch22’s website, or by third-party services that Catch22 uses, to enable its website to be run effectively.

Some, ‘necessary’ cookies are essential to the running of our website and are exempt from the requirement of consent as per the GDPR and PECR. Functional, analytical and advertising cookies are all optional, and we will only store these cookies on your browser where we have received your freely-given, specific, informed, and unambiguous consent.

Any information that is collected by Catch22 via cookies is processed in a way which does not, and cannot, identify an individual person. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting the Catch22 website.

You can find out more about Catch22’s use of cookies, and how to opt-out of or delete cookies from your browser via our Cookies Statement.

Job applications

If you apply for a job with Catch22 using our hosted online job application system, this service will be provided by a data processor on our behalf (SmartRecruiters).

To process your application, we ask for your personal details including name and contact details. We will ask you about your previous experience, education, referees and for answers to questions relevant to the role you have applied for. The hiring managers for the role, along with our Recruitment and HR teams will have access to all of this information.

Catch22 processes your job application data for the purpose of its legitimate interest to process your HR information.

  • If you are successful, the information you provide during the application process will be retained by us as part of your employee file for the duration of your employment plus six years following the end of your employment.
  • If you are unsuccessful at any stage of the process, the information you have provided until that point will be retained for six months from the closure of the campaign.
  • Equal opportunities information is retained for six months following the closure of the campaign whether you are successful or not.

For more information, please see the SmartRecruiters privacy notice.

Job alerts

Through the SmartRecruiters job application system, it is also possible to sign up for job alerts, which will let you know when new jobs that meet your criteria have been posted.

These alerts are managed by the data processor (SmartRecruiters) on our behalf, and will only be processed using your freely-given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

If at any point you wish to unsubscribe from SmartRecruiters job alerts, this can be done by clicking the unsubscribe link on the latest email. You can also log into your SmartRecruiters candidate profile to modify or withdraw your details.

For more information, please see the SmartRecruiters privacy notice.

Email newsletter

If you subscribe to Catch22’s newsletter and/or event mailing lists, you will receive regular communications relating to our work. These mailings will be facilitated by a third-party provider, such as Mailchimp or Salesforce (marketing platforms), and your data will be processed by a third-party client relationship management platform, Salesforce.

Catch22 will only process your contact details and send you newsletters following your freely-given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

You have the right to unsubscribe from any of our email mailing lists at any time. If you wish to unsubscribe from a Catch22 mailing list please click the unsubscribe link on the latest email or contact dpo@catch-22.org.uk to ensure that you do not continue to receive email newsletters from us. We will need to continue to hold your details after you have unsubscribed to ensure that we do not send you further communications.

For more information, please see the Mailchimp or Salesforce privacy notices as appropriate.

Feedback and enquiries

Catch22 processes the data submitted through any of our website contact forms for the purpose of receiving your message and responding to it under the lawful basis of consent, which you give when submitting the form.

We will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues, and to check on the level of service we provide.

These contact forms are processed using the WordPress plugin, Gravity Forms. When these forms are submitted to us, notification emails are automatically generated to send your enquiry to the appropriate team within Catch22 who will store your email for as long as is required to deal with your enquiry and any subsequent issues.

Form submissions are also stored within the Catch22 WordPress database for a period of 90 days. This allows us to identify if there are any issues with forms being received by our teams. After this time, forms and all accompanying personal data are automatically deleted from the system. Gravity Forms does not receive copies of any of forms, or any accompanying personal data, that are submitted via the Catch22 website.

You have the right to withdraw consent for us to contact you at any time by contacting dpo@catch-22.org.uk. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, which in the United Kingdom is the Information Commissioner’s Office.

For more information, please see the Gravity Forms privacy notice.


Complaints can be submitted using our online feedback form, by emailing feedback@catch-22.org.uk, or by post. Catch22 undertakes the processing of your complaints data as part of its legitimate interests.

When we receive a complaint from a person we make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This normally contains the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide.

We usually have to disclose the complainant’s identity to whoever the complaint is about. This is inevitable where, for example, the accuracy of a person’s record is in dispute. If a complainant doesn’t want information identifying him or her to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis.

We will keep personal information contained in complaint files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for six years from closure. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘data minimisation’ principle.

For more information, please see the Complaints, Compliments and Feedback policy.

Use of data processors

The Data Processor (the organisation that does data processing on behalf of Catch22) is Totally.Tech.

Catch22 also works with third-party data processors to provide our:

  • content management system (WordPress),
  • website analytics (Google Analytics),
  • marketing platform (Mailchimp),
  • client relationship management platform (Salesforce),
  • social media advertising campaigns (Meta Pixel, Twitter Pixel, LinkedIn Insight Tag, TikTok Pixel), and
  • recruitment service (SmartRecruiters).

We have contracts in place with our data processors. This means that they cannot do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do it. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it and retain it for the period we instruct.

Individual Catch22 services may work with additional third-party data processors in line with their contractual requirements. For more information, please see the relevant Service Privacy Notice, which can be downloaded from their service page on this website, or found by searching for the service by name in our Policy Library.


Catch22 may disclose information about you to any of our employees, officers, agents, suppliers or data processors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy notice.

In addition, we may disclose information about you:

  • to the extent that we are required to do so by law,
  • in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, or
  • in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

Except as provided in this privacy notice, Catch22 will not provide your information to third parties without your consent.

Security of your personal data

Catch22 will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure, encrypted password and firewall protected servers. As data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

Where information is held on our behalf by data processors, we will ensure, to the best of our ability, that they hold your information securely and in line with data protection legislation. We hold contracts with all data processors to make sure that they cannot do anything with your data unless we have instructed them to do so.

Notice amendments

We may update this privacy notice from time-to-time. Check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.

Your rights

Please contact the Data Protection Officer if you have any queries regarding this Privacy Notice or if you would like to exercise or query any of the following rights afforded to you under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

  • right to access
  • right to erasure
  • right to object
  • right to rectification
  • right to be informed
  • right to restrict processing
  • right to data portability
  • rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
  • right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) – via the Complaints page on the ICO website or by calling 0303 123 1113

For further information on your rights, please visit the Individual Rights page on the ICO website.


If you have any questions about this privacy notice or of our treatment of your personal data, please email dpo@catch-22.org.uk or write to:

Data Protection Officer

27 Pear Tree Street

Data controller

Catch22’s data protection registration number is Z1473239


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