Alternative provision

We use a tailored physical, emotional and educational programme to help mentor young people, challenge their minds and motivate them – giving them the confidence they need to be successful in life and prepare them for the next educational setting.

Natalie Lee, Operations Manager

Natalie has 21 years experience in Childcare and supporting SEN children and 18 years managing staff. Level 3 in Early Years and Level 3 in Leadership & Management. She is extremely passionate in ensuring every child is given every opportunity for a brighter future so  joined Storyy Group in March 2022. As Operations Manager she strives to develop and motivate her team ensuring every child has a champion.

Alternative Provision Dates

Spring & Summer Terms 2024
  • Monday 27th to Friday 31st May: May Half Term
  • Tuesday 23rd July: Last Day of Term

Autumn & Winter Terms 2024

  • Tuesday 3rd September: INSET Day
  • Wednesday 4th September: First Day of Autumn Term
  • Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November: October Half Term
  • Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January: Christmas Holidays

Our Services


Our primary school alternative provision caters to children within the age range of 5 to 11. By providing a safe and supportive environment, we aim to re-engage children in learning and empower them for future success. Our highly skilled team of mentors guide children through personalised intervention programs and workshops, fostering their academic, social, and emotional development. With our primary alternative provision, we consistently achieve positive outcomes, including improved attendance, increased self regulation and a renewed enthusiasm for learning.


Our secondary school alternative provision is designed for young people aged 11 to 16. Recognising the critical transitional phase of adolescence, we provide comprehensive support to empower students in their educational journey. Through our alternative provision, we offer a range of engaging activities, vocational training, and academic support that caters to the individual needs and aspirations of each student. Our experienced mentors and dedicated staff create a nurturing environment where students can increase their engagement in learning whilst flourishing, socially and emotionally. By focusing on personalised learning and fostering a sense of belonging, we achieve remarkable outcomes, such as improved academic performance, increased self-confidence, and successful transitions into further education, employment, or training opportunities.

Successful outcomes

Everything we do is geared towards a successful outcome for the young people in our care. Whilst each plan is tailored to the individual, here are some of the typical outcomes our alternative provision achieves.

Improved Learning Outcomes

By offering personalised learning approaches, smaller class sizes, and specialised teaching methods, our alternative provision helps improve academic performance. We see an increase in attainment levels, better grades, and a greater sense of accomplishment for students.

Enhanced Social and Emotional Well-being

We recognise the importance of nurturing our young people’s social and emotional development. Through targeted interventions, mentoring, and therapeutic support, our young people develop essential life skills, resilience, and emotional well-being. This outcome can lead to improved self-confidence, better relationships with peers and adults, and a greater sense of belonging.

Increased Engagement and Attendance

Our settings provide an environment that is more conducive to engaging and motivating students who may have struggled within mainstream education settings. By offering a curriculum that aligns with their interests and needs, our alternative provision re-engages young people in learning, leading to increased attendance rates, reduced truancy, and a renewed enthusiasm for education.

Successful Transition into Further Education or Employment

One of our key objectives is to prepare our young people for their future pathways. By offering vocational training, work experience opportunities, and careers guidance and apprenticeships, our alternative provision can support young people in making successful transitions into further education, employment, or training. This outcome contributes to their long-term prospects, increases their employability, and sets them on a positive trajectory for their future.

Our sites

Designed with love and care, our unique settings offer an energetic, safe, productive environment for our young people.

Our Provisions Team

Lee Barefoot

Account Manager

Charlie Ewing

Learning and Mentoring Lead

Kelly Eddy

Senior Deputy Provision Manager, The Pines (DDSL)

Max Field

Creative Team Manager (DDSL)

Martin Wiggins

Trades Provision Manager (DDSL)

Charlotte Linsell

Primary Provisions Manager, Storyybrook & Finchampstead (DDSL)

Natalie Lee

Operations Manager

Rebecca Sherwood

Pastoral Lead & DSL

Bradley Clapson

Creative & Digital Lead

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We work with local authorities, schools, teachers, parents and social-care institutes to engage young people in learning and put them on the path for an incredible future. By tapping into children’s interests, we’re able to better connect with them and engage them for longer – giving them the best possible chance of excelling.

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We take our approach to safeguarding very seriously. Meet Rebecca and her team to find out more.


We have a range of policies and procedures ranging our alternative provision, residential care and training areas of the business.

We place children before profits.

We offer safe and homely, high quality accommodation and bespoke care packages to meet the needs of our young people in a holistic manner. We make a difference to the lives of young people in care, helping them to reach their potential and transition into adulthood.

We place children before profits.

We offer safe and homely, high quality accommodation and bespoke care packages to meet the needs of our young people in a holistic manner. We make a difference to the lives of young people in care, helping them to reach their potential and transition into adulthood.