About Us

Young People’s Academy is a secondary special school for students with social, emotional and mental health needs.

We recognise that the majority of our students thrive via a varied curriculum that is practical based and introduces students to and enhances their experiences via an enrichment programme.

We understand that many of our students arrive at Young People’s Academy having had very difficult experiences of school in the past. With the skill and dedication of our staff, we aim to reconnect them with education so they can make progress to becoming successful adults via a reflective approach. Reflection and restorative practice, as opposed to detentions and exclusions, is used to help students understand what is currently happening, what they are trying and using well, and how they can move forward.

Young People’s Academy is determined that students will leave with academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, able to sustain relationships and employment and maintain healthy households.

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

Latest News

Finalists for Educational Resources Awards!

Innovating Minds, an award winning social enterprise that is passionate about providing accessible psychological support for young people in education, training and employment to foster emotional wellbeing and resiliency, have been working alongside Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub …

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£10K awarded to YPA for Youth Mental Health project

£10K awarded to YPA for Youth Mental Health project The Young People’s Academy has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to run a training and awareness project for Youth Mental Health support. At YPA and across the Trust …

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Christmas card competition winner!

Christmas card competition winner! Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust were delighted to receive 58 entries for the annual Christmas Card Competition, what talented and creative pupils and students we have! The designs filled us with Christmas cheer, so much so, …

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Department of Education Visit

Department of Education Visit Last week, Young People’ Academy were thrilled to have a visit from Andre Ellis from the Department of Education, who have helped to approve the new free school application for the School. He came over to get …

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