We Care for our Youth

CACFO UK  Education Centre provides a full-time alternative for children between the ages of 11-14 and has been in operation since November 2000. We are part of CACFO UK, a registered charity, are registered as an independent school with the Department for education and are Ofsted inspected.

The Centre serves as an Alternative Educational Provider thus ensuring that each student’s educational entitlement continues to be delivered while outside of mainstream education. Its work is overseen by a Governing Body comprising CACFO UK Trustees, the Headteacher, key members of the team and external representatives including two from Croydon LEA.

Who we place

Students who have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools can be referred to the Centre by their respective LEAs.

Students who are at risk of exclusion or are in trouble and have been placed in a Learning Support Unit can be referred to us by their schools for a period of respite.

Referrals are carried forward in accordance with Service Level Agreements agreed with LEAs and schools.

Our aim and track record

Ofsted rated CACFO UK Education Centre ‘Good’ at our most recent inspection report published in 2013.

Our  aim is to work with students to achieve reintegration into mainstream education in the shortest possible time. We therefore provide behavioural, counselling and other specialist support services alongside teaching students core curriculum subjects including enrichment.

We have over 16 years’ experience in this field and a very good and successful track record with an average of [80%] of students being successfully reintegrated into mainstream education.

Our success is in part  due to the relatively small numbers of students that we teach at the Centre which allows students to get a lot more individual attention and support compared to being in a mainstream environment. In addition, the carefully crafted Personal Support Programme we provide for each student also makes a major contribution to overall success.

Admission’s process

Admissions to the Centre are based on the terms of the Service Level Agreement between the placing LEA or school.   All placing bodies are required to complete a detailed application form for each applicant.  The Centre interviews all potential students and makes a judgment about their willingness to work towards eventual re-integration into mainstream education as a condition for offering a school place.

Parents are expected to take part in the interview and to provide strong support throughout the process.  As such, their consent to the Centre acting as an alternative education provider for their child is an essential  pre-requisite to a placement being considered.

At the interview, the underlying reasons for the student’s exclusion are discussed.  A frank appraisal is made of the student’s behaviour and initial ideas about targets for modifying it and broader development developed.

Our approach

Most students find that being offsite from mainstream schooling, even for a brief period, allows them time to reflect on what is going wrong, free from the tension and reminders around them in their own school.

In general students are taught the core subjects English, Maths and Science from the National Curriculum, and other subjects such as ICT, PE, Creative Arts, Citizenship and PSHE. This reduced curriculum allows for more pastoral work to be done with students to help address the difficulties hindering their education and relationship with school staff.

Students  also have access to Counselling at the Centre to provide therapeutic intervention and to develop and implement behaviour modification strategies.

The school day

Students are expected to arrive at the Centre between 9.00 am and 9.15 am. The register is taken at 9.15am. Students arriving after 9.30 would be marked late. Registration closes at 9.40 am.

The afternoon register is taken at 2.25 pm. Students leave the premises at 2.30 pm. The Centre runs a late detention policy. Late detention is for 15 minutes and is done on the day a student is late.

All students are expected to complete a daily target book identifying their achievements and areas for further improvement.

Students are expected to attend in the uniform of the most recent secondary school they have been attending, or Black or Grey Trousers or Skirt, white shirt and tie.  Students may wear trainers only for PE lessons. Students are expected to wear black shoes at all other times.  Chains, bracelets, dangling earrings and similar jewellery are not allowed for reasons of Health and safety.

There is a homework timetable for evenings and weekends to ensure that they receive regular and balanced amounts of homework, the thorough and punctual completion of which is of crucial importance.

A personal planner is issued to all students in which they record all homework set. Parents are asked to check the entries, to sign the book each week, and use it to communicate with teachers. By signing the book, parents indicate that they have seen their son or daughter’s record of the homework set for that week.

Reintegration into mainstream

The aim of the Centre is to work with students to achieve reintegration into mainstream education in the shortest possible time. The Centre typically works with students in an initial phase during the first term.  At the end of the phase, an assessment is made of the student’s readiness for mainstream reintegration. Parents and representatives of the placing authority take part in the review process. The overall length of stay of students is typically from six weeks to two terms.

How to make a referral

Click here for a copy of our Pupil Admissions Form.  Once completed please email it to headteacher@cacfo.org.uk

For enquires contact Mrs Oliver BA Cert. Ed, Dip. Ed (Interim Headteacher):

  • Email:  headteacher@cacfo.org.uk
  • Telephone: 020 8771 6222