Meeting the needs of the local community and authority
No Child Will Be Left Behind
Giving young adults a positive future
Welcome to the Nexus Academy
Cathy Barr CEO The Shared Learning Trust
The Nexus Academy will provide a new state of the art educational opportunity for pupils who may otherwise not have access to the mainstream school system. The Shared Learning Trust have the management and teaching skills to make this dream a reality. Please support us by registering your interest.Thank you.
The Nexus Academy
This website provides you with exciting information on the proposal for a new alternative provision free school in your local area.
The Shared Learning Trust, which currently manages two secondary academies and two primary academies, all of which are rated “Good” by Ofsted, are in consultation with Luton Borough Council and local head teachers to provide a free school offering provision for learners aged 9 – 18.
This new school will provide access to the national curriculum for students who may otherwise be unable to take part in a mainstream setting. The Nexus Academy aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the emotional and academic needs of each student with a personalised curriculum offering.
The Nexus Academy will provide services and outreach work to enable reintegration for many of its learners. Where reintegration to mainstream education is not viable, we seek to ensure all learners have a clearly defined pathway to enable them to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to society and their community.
The Nexus Academy will provide dedicated pathways for learners through internal and external apprenticeships.
The need for a new school
Our vision for the alternative provision is to accommodate approx. 90 pupils ranging from key stage 2 (KS2) up to key stage 5 (KS5).
National statistics show an increase in permanent exclusions across state funded primary, secondary and specialist schools with 5,795 permanent exclusions in 2014/15 compared to 6,685 in 2015/16.
In 2015/16, 26 students were permanently excluded across secondary schools in Luton and 17 across Central Bedfordshire. There were a further 8 permanent exclusions in the primary sectors.
It is our vision to ensure that every child within our Trust reaches their full potential.
For KS5 students, we want to equip them with sufficient skills to become confident, employable and valued members of society. Our proposal to meeting this commitment is to provide access to apprenticeships leading to a qualification at the end of the final year, which will give students access to a job and career.
The Shared Learning Trust is well placed to support The Nexus Academy in meeting the needs of the local authority due to our existing strategies and experience. The specialist teachers at The Nexus Academy will be supported by very experienced and well qualified senior leaders at our other four academies.