Community School

About the project

The Southend YMCA Community School provides full-time alternative education for students between the ages of 14 to 16, combining a GCSE programme with enrichment activities and pastoral support.


The School was set up by Southend YMCA through the Free School system so young people could gain a suitable education, aiding them to contribute, thrive and reach their potential.


It is the school's mission and vision to ensure all young people receive a high-quality education and we ‘stand in the gap’ to support and help them experience success.


The three core values are the DNA of the school. Each value is represented within the curriculum and within the wider school offer. They play an important role in students experiencing success both inside and outside the classroom.


RESPECT, POTENTIAL & RESTORATIVE are the values that underpin everything we offer and help support the fundamental skills that all students need to ensure they are successful in life beyond their time here.

How we can help

The school achieved an Ofsted Good in its last inspection (2019). With students benefiting from:


  • A good education

  • A calm, well-ordered and resourced learning environment

  • A positive learning atmosphere

  • A focus on personal development, safeguarding, behaviour and welfare

  • A curriculum to overcome learning barriers

  • Good academic and vocational results

  • Preparation for the next stage in life

  • Students move on to pupils move on to education, employment or training

Alternative Provision is for students who cannot attend mainstream school for a variety of reasons, such as school exclusion, behaviour issues, short or long-term illness, school refusal or those just not suited to mainstream education. Referrals may be made by the Local Authority or placing school.

"Young people contribute, thrive and reach their potential."

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Phone: 01702 212541 (Lee Thorne, Headteacher)

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