S10 Consultation

Section 10 (S10) Consultation

The Youth Engagement Trust is looking to open The Raise Academy (SEMH 11 – 16 school) in September 2024. This need for this new free school has come about by the local authority identifying a shortfall in specialist provisions/places in the area, and the Trust has been appointed by the Department for Education to open a new specialist school, serving some of the most vulnerable young people in the local area. The school will admit up to 64 students with EHC Plans, in the 11 to 16 age range, whose primary needs are Social, Emotional, & Mental Health (SEMH) related.  Given the typical challenges and difficulties these children and young people face, and in response to the Halton / St Helens LA specification, we aim to achieve far better outcomes with our specific cohort than is possible for local schools by improving each learner’s life chances allowing them to thrive in modern Britain.

It is a requirement for the Trust chosen to run the school, to hold a consultation set out by Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010.  We are consulting on our plans to provide further information for the Secretary of State to support our application to enter into a Funding Agreement to ensure the school can open.

Our consultation period will run from Monday 2nd October 2023 to Friday 17th November 2023.  During this time we will be inviting all stakeholders, prospective parents/carers and students, professionals, as well as the members of the local community to share their opinions on the proposals for The Raise Academy.

We are keen to hear your comments so that we can offer feedback to ensure The Youth Engagement Schools Trust and The Raise Academy are meeting the needs of the communities we serve.  We are passionate about ensuring the best possible outcomes for the vulnerable students we are looking to support and educate.

We ask that anyone wishing to respond to this consultation completes the short questionnaire below and returns to: admin@theyestrust.org or, alternatively, please at one of our public drop in events at Warrington Road Children’s Centre, Widnes, WA8 0BS, on:

  • Tuesday 31st October 2023, 8am – 12pm 
  • Tuesday 7th November 2023, 2pm – 6pm

We offer a number of ways to share your views and opinions on our proposal:

  • Email us at: admin@theyestrust.org
  • Call us at the YES Trust office on: 01260 490042
  • Or write to us at our postal address at the top of this correspondence.

The Raise Academy S10 Questionnaire