Delta Academies Trust Receives Approval for New Alternative Provision Schools in Calderdale, Barnsley, Kirklees & Stockton-on-Tees

We are delighted that Delta Academies Trust, in partnership with Calderdale Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Kirklees Council, has received Department for Education approval to open new Alternative Provision schools for children aged 8-16. Delta has also received approval to open an 11-16 Alternative Provision in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

This will help meet the need for high quality alternative provision places in the Calderdale, Barnsley, Kirklees and Stockton-on-Tees areas, to inspire and support young people to re-engage in learning.

These purpose-built schools will allow our young people to benefit from a broad, enriching, and inclusive curriculum, delivered through outstanding teaching and learning. The schools will follow the highly successful Delta model, which incorporates the blueprint of the DfE’s alternative provision Taskforce pilot, embedding multi-agency support within a school setting. 

The new schools will provide state-of-the-art environments for students to undertake their studies in high-quality settings. We are excited we will be able to offer an ambitious range of academic and technical subjects, underpinned by individualised pastoral support, care and career guidance, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to help them take their next steps in education, training, or employment.

We look forward to working with Calderdale Council, Barnsley Council, Kirklees Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver these inspiring projects. 

Our vision is for students to feel safe, valued and part of a community, so that they develop a sense of self-belief, aspiration and pride in their ability and achievements.

We look forward to working closely with young people, parents, staff and wider stakeholders to realise this vision.

Jo Pittard, Executive Principal, Delta Academies Trust

I am delighted that more young people will have the opportunity to benefit from the personalised approach to learning and the outstanding enrichment curriculum which has been rightly recognised by Ofsted at Delta’s current alternative provision academies.

I look forward to working with Jo, the wider team and key local stakeholders to deliver this exciting project for the benefit of local young people and the wider community.

Paul Tarn, CEO, Delta Academies Trust

We are delighted that our joint bid with Delta Academies Trust for a new alternative provision free school has been successful. This will result in a brand new, purpose-built facility in Calderdale to support some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

It will contribute towards our priority to reduce inequalities, and our commitment to support young people to have the best possible start in life and to reach their full potential.

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services

BMBC are delighted that our joint application for a new Alternative Provision Free School for Barnsley has been successful. Barnsley Council are looking forward to working in partnership with Delta Academies Trust to create a school which will provide positive outcomes for our most vulnerable young people.

Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services

We are thrilled that a new school will be opening in Kirklees to support our children and young people.

Many pupils with additional needs make more sustained progress when they can access a specialist setting, and creating additional SEND provision is also vital to families, as well as pupils themselves.

The council has already made a multi-million-pound commitment to rebuild two existing special schools, as well as transforming SEND services and support across the district.

We are delighted to be working with Delta Academies Trust. The Alternative Provision Free School will be another way for vulnerable pupils to fulfil their potential for many years to come.

Tom Brailsford, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at Kirklees Council