London South East Academies Trust has today welcomed into it three Bexley-based schools, expanding high quality specialist and alternative provision further across the region.

The New Horizons Federation consists of three schools, offering education and support for young people whose needs are best met in either specialist Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision or benefit from the support and interventions offered through alternative provision in avoiding permanent exclusion.

To mark their joining of the Trust, the schools have been renamed as the Aspire, Endeavour and Horizons Academies. Each school will continue to provide innovative solutions to inclusion, including high quality teaching and learning as well as excellent pastoral care and guidance for all students.

This bring the number of schools within London South East Academies Trust to five. All offer outstanding alternative and specialist provision across Bromley and Bexley – ensuring that children have access to a high quality alternative to mainstream school when needed.

London South East Academies Trust is sponsored by London South East Colleges. CEO of the Trust, Sam Parrett, says:

“We are delighted to welcome New Horizons’ three schools into our Trust. This expands our network into the Borough of Bexley, enabling us to support more young people across a wider region.

“The Trust is hugely grateful to the Local Authorities for all their support, together with local schools. I look forward to working with the Executive Head Teacher New Horizons to further develop and strengthen provision – drawing on best practice and success that our other schools have seen over the past few years.”

The three new schools will each continue to be led by a head of school, overseen by Executive Head teacher, Jo Southby. She says:

“Becoming part of London South East Academies Trust will enable our schools to continue offering high quality support to young people across the Borough. Our focus is on helping students to become successful and independent young people by offering flexible, personalised education, taught in small groups by highly skilled staff and, where possible, to reintegrate them to mainstream school or alternatively secure further education, employment or training post-16.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Sam and the Trust, sharing best practice and strengthening provision across our network.”

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