The Family School Alternative Provision Free School specialising in providing
short and long-term placements for students with complex needs.
Free Schools are independently managed, schools funded by the government. They are run on a not-for-profit basis and the governing body sets its own admission criteria.
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- DfE Code: 206/1112
- Number of places available in school: 24
The Family School is a different type of school that provides opportunities for young people who currently present as unsuited or unable to meet the demands of mainstream school provision. It is our conviction that many of these children have tremendous latent potential that an innovative school will nurture and release for the benefit of the wider society.
These children need early and sustained intervention to ensure that in
the first instance they are not permanently excluded from school or, where they have already been excluded, to ensure their return to full time appropriate provision is rapid and sustained.
The Family School will enable its pupils to:
- progress academically;
- improve their challenging behaviours;
- recover their psychological and emotional well-being; and
- gain resilience
so that they continue with full-time education and return successfully to their mainstream school.
The Family School has been developed through a new collaboration between the Anna Freud Centre and the former heads of a family education centre in Westminster, Neil Dawson and Brenda McHugh.