About us

About Us

Bright Sparks Learning Centre was established to help meet the educational needs of the vulnerable young people in our area. We offer a calm, nurturing and therapeutic learning environment where students who are struggling to access mainstream education can flourish.

We recognise that a growing number of young people are unable to cope with the pressures of a mainstream schooling despite often being able and having huge potential.

Sadly, children who become school refusers often experience long-term disadvantage including failure to achieve their academic potential, increased mental health problems, greater social difficulties and reduced independence in relation to peers.

Bright Sparks Learning Centre works with pupils on a full and part-time basis to help pupils build self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation to enable pupils to re-engage with their learning.

We support local schools in offering part-time placements to fill gaps in learning by delivering curriculum catch-ups, key stage 3 interventions and gifted and talented programmes whilst also helping to restore emotional wellbeing.


Bright Sparks Learning Centre aims to provide an outstanding, and highly personalised, educational experience for young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and associated conditions, enabling them to overcome barriers to learning and achieve academic and personal success.

Through specialist teaching, well planned interventions and a range of therapeutic support, we aim to meet the needs of the most vulnerable young people and start the journey to transforming their futures.



At Bright Sparks Learning Centre we believe, with the right support, all children can achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Pupils often arrive as disengaged young people lacking self-esteem, self-control, aspirations and motivation. Our purpose is to re-engage pupils in the life and routines of an educational setting and help to develop well-adjusted and skilled young people who can contribute positively to society and lead productive and purposeful lives.

Working alongside secondary schools and commissioning local authorities, we ensure that pupils receive a relevant curriculum which is highly personalised and closely tailored to each pupils’ level of ability, interest and aspirations.

Pupils are set aspirational targets whilst at the centre and are given the opportunity to work towards meaningful qualifications such as GCSEs, BTECs and Functional Skills. Our academic curriculum is supported by a robust pastoral and PSHE programme designed to equip students with the necessary skills for adult life.

Our aspirational approach is highly motivational and soon inspires our young people, giving them the self-belief and desire needed to maximise progress, achieve academic success and seek an aspirational future.

Core aims

At Bright Sparks Learning Centre we aim to:

  • provide a happy, safe and nurturing learning environment where all pupils are supported so they can grow and flourish
  • provide a transformative learning environment which maximises academic and personal potential and achievement
  • meet the social, emotional and learning needs of each pupil through the delivery of a flexible, highly personalised and creative curriculum
  • achieve excellence in education and curriculum delivery
  • build pupils’ resilience, wellbeing and positive mental health within the context of a safe, therapeutic and nurturing learning environment
  • help pupils develop strategies to improve their mental health and well being
  • promote the highest standards of behaviour
  • help pupils acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the changing world in which they live
  • contribute to the development of confident, secure, well-adjusted and skilled young people who will make a positive contribution to society and live as independent a life as possible
  • contribute to the development of responsible citizens with a fundamental understanding of British values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • support parents and carers through supportive and valued working relationships
  • support local schools and authorities by helping pupils to re-engage with mainstream education