The Alternative School - Included, not excluded
About Us

About Us

The Alternative School (known as TAS to most young people) was set up in May 2007 to offer a new and exciting alternative KS4 curriculum for all those young people who are not engaging with main stream education. 

This may be due to a number of different reasons, but whatever the reason we will offer every young person that we work with the chance to start again and feel included in an innovative and interesting education programme where we aim to not only build self esteem and confidence but actively work to improve reading, writing, understanding, Numeracy and I.C.T. 

An innovative and interesting education programme

Click to enlargeIt is a totally flexible and unique programme that is tailored around the specific needs of each individual young person with every young person receiving both one to one tutoring and involvement in group work, volunteering, career development and long-term supported work placements.

We understand that some young people may have been experiencing problems at school for a number of years and we do not expect miracles overnight, neither do we expect pupils to slot into a pre-pared timetable.  Each young person attending TAS will work to a timetable that has been designed around them, has also been designed with their input and is 100% personal to that young person.  Our aim is to change their perception of education from perhaps a negative experience to a positive one and to then build on this by providing a well structured tailor made individual timetable.

Achieve meaningful qualifications

Click to enlargeThe timetable will vary greatly for each young person and will include a percentage of one-to-one work with additional team projects and activities to help build confidence, self esteem, the chance to gain meaningful qualifications at either GCSE level or equivalent to GCSE, work towards The Duke of Edinburgh Award, focus on career development and available college courses and the opportunity for each young person to take charge and be responsible for their own learning.   

Alongside the above, each young person will also have the opportunity to try different work tasters, visit different employers, colleges and universities, build their own portfolio, partake in both indoor and outdoor activities and achieve qualifications and certificates that they probably never thought they could achieve before.

Overcoming barriers

Click to enlargeAt TAS we always aim to take a more holistic approach to education and aim to support both the personal and educational needs of young people, helping them to overcome a wide range of barriers and develop themselves into well rounded young individuals.

We strive to engage young people in a wide range of positive activities and to develop them as young adults, at a pace that is suited to that young person and with subjects and experiences that means they are interested and therefore willing to partake.

Fantastic attendance rates

Click to enlargeWe operate an `open door` policy and allow students to leave sessions if they are not feeling comfortable, stressed or unhappy in anyway.  This means that students are not penalized for taking five, ten or even thirty minutes out of sessions in order to have a breather, and more times that not means that we are able to engage young people for longer periods of time and achieve fantastic attendance rates.

Young people referred to TAS will be allocated their own personal tutor from TAS and also a Young Peoples Worker from The Pendle Young Peoples Service who will meet with them regularly to discuss future career choices, college courses and local employment opportunities.  At TAS, we not only want to support young people whilst they are with us in school term, but we also feel it is our duty to ensure that all of our pupils are supported whilst they progress onto college, apprenticeships or employment. We will actively help pupils to complete application forms, produce a CV, practice interview techniques and follow their progress through the summer holidays to ensure they arrive at their chosen destination without too many hiccups.

The very best opportunities for young people

The team at TAS work closely with a number of multi agencies such as  The Pendle Young Peoples Service, local Police, Pendle Borough Council, and Neighbourhood Management Team,  Vinvolved, Primary Care Trust, Lancashire County Council,  Early Break Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service BUT most importantly the parents.  We feel parents are an integral part of the success process and actively encourage parents to visit TAS on a regular basis and stay in touch with us via phone/texting to ensure that together we are providing the very best opportunities for young people.

Do you know a young person who may benefit from attending TAS?

Please contact us and we will forward an information pack and organise a suitable time for you to come and look around.  

Young people can be referred to TAS through a variety of means – Friends, Parents, Schools, Young Peoples Service, PRU`s, Education Authorities, Independent Education Providers, Social Services and often self referrals through word of mouth from friends.

Useful Links

For 10% discount off all your Duke of Edinburgh equipment, ask TAS for the special discount reference -

Duke of Edinburgh
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