Welcome to Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust
The Learn@ group of Academies and Alternative Providers serve the West of England with specialist education for children aged 5 through to 19 who have a variety of needs.
I am very proud to be part of this innovative and unique arrangement to provide quality teaching and learning for young people who have been identified as having social, emotional, mental health (SEMH), social, language and communication needs (SLCN) and autistic spectrum condition (ASC).
Across Learn@ we recognise that we are all different and life is not always equal and fair; many young people have special needs and traumatic early life experiences, which often result in their early educational experiences being challenging and negative. Our aim is to support all children and help them recognise their own worth, raise their self-esteem and re-engage them in successful learning with a wide, relevant and rich curriculum. We recognise that young peoples needs don't stop when school holidays begin and our aim is to provide effective support and continued learning opportunities throughout the whole year. This includes offering individual mentoring and holiday camps during the school holidays.
Our three specialist Academies provide education for young people aged 5 to 19 who have a variety of needs that may be SEMH, SLCN and ASC.
Knowle DGE Academy serves young people from Bristol and surrounding Local Authorities. They offer day time education with extended learning opportunities throughout the week and on weekdays to ‘short breaks’ at its on-site accommodation, the LoDGE. Knowle DGE Academy is a "Good" school which offers an "Outstanding" sixth form. (Ofsted, 2015).
Notton House Academy is based in Wiltshire and offers term time only, weekday residential education for boys from across the South West and is looking to extend this to 52 week provision in the near future. Notton House Academy is a "Good" school which offers good standards of residential care (Ofsted, February 2019).
Soundwell Academy is a new free school, which serves Bristol, South Gloucestershire and BATHNES. When fully open it will cater for 124 young people from 5 to 18 years. It will also offer ‘short break’ opportunities for young people to provide extended learning and independance training for the students.
Sky Academy is an established special school for boys from year 6 to year 11 with SEMH or SLCN. It currently serves the whole county of Somerset and offers 80 places with the opportunity of mid-week term time residential provision where appropriate. Sky Academy is due to expand within the next year with the building of a new Primary Department, so places for Primary aged pupils will be available.
All of these Academies offer a wide range of individually tailored curriculum programmes and vocational learning in small groups. Most of our students will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) before they arrive but in some circumstances we can offer a place for assessment.
St Matthias Academy (Key Stage 3 and 4) is an Alternative Provider which works closely with mainstream schools in the City of Bristol to both prevent exclusions and support young people who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools. It has well resourced facilities across the Central/East and North districts of Bristol in Fishponds and Brentry.
Lansdown Park Academy (Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4) is an Alternative Provider which provides places across both Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset, for young people who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools. It runs 3 different bases in Stockwood, Keynsham and Rush Hill. Lansdown Park also provide an Early Intervention Base (EIB) for Primary aged children to give early specialist support to prevent exclusion and create a more inclusive mainstream system.
Both our Alternative Providers offer a challenging 12-week programme, which following induction prepares and supports a young person to successfully return to a mainstream school. Some students benefit from an extended placement with us, which involves an in-depth assessment of their needs and potential transfer to a specialist school or mainstream with additional support.
Contact us for support and advice on how we may be able to help your child’s needs.
Please take the time to look at all our academies in more detail through the links provided below and contact them directly if you wish to arrange a visit.
If you are on the difficult journey of choosing a new school for your child, please do not hesitate to call me on 0117 244 9746. We are here to help you give your child a positive future.
Chief Executive Officer
Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust
Lansdown Park Academy
Stockwood Lane, Stockwood, Bristol, BS14 8SJ
St Matthias Academy
17 Alexandra Park, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2BG
Leinster Avenue, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1NN
Notton House Academy
28 Notton, Lacock, Wiltshire. SN15 2NF
Lansdown Park Academy Rush Hill
Rush Hill Bath BA2 2QL
Learn@ Central ALP, Meriton Street, Bristol, BS2 0SZ