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Academy21 - Alternative Provision (RISE)

Academy21, part of the Wey Education group of companies, is an online school offering high quality, cost-effective education for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils who are unable to attend mainstream school due to illness, anxiety, autism, school refusal or exclusion. Key Stage 2 courses can be delivered through our sister school, InterHigh Juniors and Key Stage 5 courses can be delivered through InterHigh sixth form.

We provide a unique opportunity for vulnerable pupils to receive the support of ‘live’ teaching by subject specialist teachers within an online classroom and we can offer an extensive range of courses, GCSEs, iGCSEs and A Levels. We work in close partnership with local authorities and schools to ensure the very best alternative provision is available for pupils. Referrals are normally made through the local school with final exams taken in the local school or local centre.

Schools are able to access real-time online data to check on attendance in lessons. Detailed information is available on individual pupil attainment ensuring our clients are kept fully informed of student progress.

We also provide pupils with additional resources and activities to consolidate their learning including a lesson library which pupils can access 24/7. All homework assignments are marked by our teachers with feedback provided.

This is one of the providers who are part of the RISE alternative provision in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  

Paula Reynolds

Telephone: 07912 420785/01438 535001


Main website

W E Y Education Ltd,

43-44 New Bond Street
London, W1S 2SA


Academy21 is an online school so can be accessed from any location where there is an internet connection. 80% of students would access from home with 20% from a local school or centre.

Age restriction currently 11-16 although we are able to provide services outside of this by negotiation.

Most young people are referred because they are unable to access mainstream education for particular reasons. With KS2 and KS5 courses available through our sister schools InterHigh
Juniors and InterHigh sixth form.

There are no specific assessments carried out to determine eligibility although students who have severe learning difficulties would find it hard to access the curriculum.

A referral is required using an Enrolment Form supplied by Academy21.

Referrals are normally made by a professional supporting the pupil e.g. local authority key worker or teacher/Headteacher or SENCO. Timeframe for response: 24 hours
Waiting time to receive service: 2 working days once enrolment received.

Academy21 is an online provision where all referrals are made through the local authority or parent school. The company work closely with key personnel from the local authority or school to ensure that the home environment is suitable for study. 

Academy21 can complete a home-office/study risk assessment, although we normally support the nominated Lead Mentor to undertake this.

Academy21 have implemented rigorous recruitment selection procedures ensuring that all staff have specific qualifications, experience and enhanced DBS checks according to their roles. A single central register of all staff is kept and updated on a regular basis. Full details of the DBS certificates, staff qualifications and experience are available for scrutiny upon request.
The company have clear policies to ensure the safeguarding of young people within our care, which include:


  • Children’s Safeguarding and Child Protection (CSCP Policy); 
  • Allegations of Abuse against Staff;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • Disciplinary;
  • Safer Recruitment;
  • Complaints;
  • Data Protection;
  • Code of Conduct.

Academy21 have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who takes day-to-day responsibility for all safeguarding matters by the applying the following principles which underpin our approach:

1) safe recruitment
2) effective training and education for staff/pupils
3) implementing effective policies
4) ensuring support for students who disclose or are at risk
5) establishing a safe environment where pupils can learn and develop
6) ensuring the safe use of the internet
7) protecting personal information

In support of these principles Academy21 carefully select, screen, train and supervise our staff. Job descriptions set out expectations for staff to act proactively regarding child welfare. 

Academy21 also operate a highly-managed approach to ensure personal and e-safety. This is communicated clearly to students. A Code of Conduct operates in the classroom which includes ‘no sharing of personal information’ unless clear procedures are followed. We put strong emphasis on ensuring learners understand and practice responsible use of the internet and technology.

  • Autism
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Hearing impairment
  • Medical needs
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Speech, language communication needs
  • Visual Impairment