About Us

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Progress Schools is a nationally based, alternative education provider with independent secondary schools located throughout England. We provide high-quality, supportive, and inspirational teaching to 11 – 16-year-olds at Key Stage 3 and 4. Our bespoke approach ensures positive progression either back into mainstream education, or into the world of further education, work-based learning, or employment when leaving us in Year 11.

Who are we?

At Progress Schools, we currently have thirteen independent secondary schools, located throughout England, who support local authorities and mainstream schools to work with young people who require an alternative approach to their education. Many students have been diagnosed SEND/SEMH (or are awaiting diagnosis), and/or have been excluded from at least one mainstream school.

Through our incredible workforce of teachers, engagement mentors, welfare officers, and alike, we ensure a truly rounded curriculum that is delivered in a nurturing and supportive way, enabling us to identify the potential and ambitions of our young people and work with them to support them to achieve these.

In 2019, The Timpson Review of School Exclusions identified that more than half of young people who access alternative provision (AP) or PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) type settings become NEET (not in education, employment, or training) when they leave school. Since our inception in 2016, we have supported most of our Year 11 students to progress into a positive destination when they leave us. This is something we feel incredibly passionate about, because we truly believe that every young person should be given all the support and guidance they need to help them to achieve their potential.

Our Proprietor Details

Progress Schools Limited,
Suite B2, Switch House,
Northern Perimeter Road,
L30 7PT, Liverpool


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All Progress Schools Are Supported By…

Charlotte Barton
Charlotte Barton

Managing Director

Nancy Wright
Nancy Wright

Director of Business

Cheryl James
Cheryl James

Head of Centre, Lead IQA

Justin Lewis
Justin Lewis

National Head of Safeguarding and Inclusion

Marie – Ann Donelon
Marie – Ann Donelon

Admissions Assistant

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith

National SENCO

Sean O'Dell
Sean O’Dell

Quality Manager – Education

Latest News

  • Progress School transforms student's life through unwavering support

    Progress Schools transforms student’s life through unwavering support

    In the short time Jack has attended Progress Schools, his whole outlook on life has changed thanks to the encouragement and time the staff have given.

  • Six tips to stay stress free in school

    For National Stress Awareness Day, we wanted to discuss ways to reduce stress in school and provide different methods of dealing with stress and to make our students aware of what is available to them.

  • Sofia excels thanks to support from Progress Schools

    Since starting Progress Schools in January, Sofia has excelled, with her attendance increasing by over 200% compared to mainstream schooling and her engaging more with her studies.

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