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Believe: Engage: Achieve.
Welcome to The Albany. Our ambition is to become the ‘Go to’ place for progress and innovation in learning within Alternative Provision in the East of England. Our core purpose is to re-engage learners to enhance their life choices. We know, from the testimonials of former students that we absolutely deliver on this goal.
One student once described her experience at The Albany as
‘Thumbs up to a new beginning!’
It truly is. At The Albany, every day is a new day, every moment a new opportunity to learn. Our past does not define us. Everyone can learn and anyone can change. Young people coming to The Albany may feel that they can’t succeed but we know they can. We help our students and their families to ‘Believe’ in themselves, ‘Engage’ in their learning (academic, creative, physical, social and emotional), and ‘Achieve’ in so many areas of their life. We aim to
‘transform pupils’ lives because … (we)… never give up on anyone.’ [Ofsted, July 2017}
The Albany is a learning community, where everyone is part of our ‘Albany Family’. In our recent Ofsted visit (July 2017), they recognised that we
‘go the extra mile every day to build positive relationships with … (our) … pupils. These relationships are key to your success in re-engaging pupils with their education.’
The Albany is a Secondary Provision
We have grown. Our Bury St Edmunds site has been developed to enable the expansion to include Key Stage 3. So, our community now includes Years 7 to 9, as well as Years 10 and 11. This enables new relationships to be formed over a longer period of time and an opportunity to work alongside our schools to help our students reintegrate into their home school and be successful. Ofsted recognised that we
‘tailor … (our) … provision in response to the needs of … (our) … community to provide a very good quality of education and care.’
We are excited to be extending this high quality education to a wider network of children and young people and their families.
Specialist SEMH Provision
In addition to 12 KS3 PRU places, where students coming to The Albany are looking to return back to their original or an alternate secondary school, The Albany is commissioned to deliver 8 places in KS3 for students with complex SEMH needs who may remain with us for a longer period of time before reintegrating to a secondary setting or transitioning to our KS4 offer.