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Red Balloon Learner Centre - Alternative Provision

The aim of Red Balloon is the recovery of bullied or traumatised young people who have self-excluded from school. We offer a full-time programme with a therapeutic approach. Our curriculum is negotiated with each student’s needs and interests in mind. Whilst offering all key subject areas to secondary school aged children, we also provide extracurricular activities to build students’ confidence in the community. We place wellbeing and students’ re-engagement in learning at the heart of everything we do. 

‚ÄčLessons are in small groups and one-to-one when necessary. Part-time or transition placements are also considered depending on student need.

Students are admitted provided:

a) there is a place for them (maximum 24 students);
b) they can be supported by our provision;
c) they want to come to the Centre and are able to attend regularly;
d) they want to learn and make academic progress;
e) they will behave with respect and consideration towards the other students, the staff and the premises.


When students have recovered they are fully supported in their transition back  into mainstream education (school or college).


Our provision offers:

  • High adult to pupil staffing ratios.
  • Highly qualified teaching and support staff
  • Links to post 16 providers and Further Education colleges
  • 1:1 access to computers/laptops for all pupils
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Transition Plans
  • Annual Review process
  • Termly progress reports
  • Regular contact with parents and carers
  • Development of lifeskills
  • A range of qualifications

Referral to this service for a young person with special educational needs or disabilities is through the Education, Health and Care Plan Team in the Children and Young People Disability Service. 



Emma Goodfellow

Telephone: 0118 958 3004


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220 Kings Road


Berkshire RG1 4JJ