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The Limes College


Over the last 14 years The Limes College, which is the founding provision for Alternative Learning Trust, has developed to become a nationally recognised provision for children unable to access mainstream school.


The school moved from “good” to “outstanding”.


Key successes

  • High attainment – consistently above national average for PRUs and AP

  • Strong multi-agency partnership working within local area through Local Safeguarding Childrens Partnership and Vulnerable Pupils' Panel

  • Strong and experienced staff team, who train and support others

  • We have supported other schools, PRUs and AP

  • Innovative programmes and support developed to resolve issues behind the behaviours as to why children need alternative provision, including:

    • innovative work with families

    • strong multi agency team developed to enable teachers to teach

    • deliver work for families experiencing domestic abuse

    • use of restorative approach and restorative justice

    • mental health and trauma support work

    • family intervention groups and 1:1 support

    • training and behaviour support work

    • contextual safeguarding

    • number of accolades – TES AP Award, Dallaglio, SEND

  • Media articles – The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Today Programme (BBC Radio 4), BBC Radio London (interview with Vanessa Feltz)

  • Emma took part as a witness in the Education Select Committee's inquiry into exclusions, behaviour and alternative provision.  On another occasion Emma appeared with some of The Limes College's students in front of the Parliamentary Select Committee regarding the implementation of the new Domestic Abuse Act and its impact on children.


Today Programme - The Limes College/Ocean Youth Trust South (Tall Ships)

INSIDE OUT LONDON - The Limes College

Tarah Welsh gets exclusive access to a special unit giving excluded pupils a last chance to turn their lives around

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Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, SM1 2SD