The Urban Academy
The Urban Academy, based in south east London, is a post-16 educational and life skills academy, specifically designed to meet the needs of young people who reject or have been rejected from other educational facilities due to their complex emotional or behavioural needs.
Present educational structures are sometimes inaccessible to this client group because providers are too under-resourced to deliver individual tailor-made provisions. Often, young people enter such settings, fail within them and are excluded or self-exclude as a result. This leaves the young person with decreased levels of motivation and a reduced belief in their capacity to achieve.
The Urban Academy aims to reverse this trend and give the young person a real chance to succeed. The Urban Academy provides a crucial step to help young people prepare to move on successfully into further education or employment by offering a range of courses and workshops including basic skills (literacy and numeracy), life skills and creative art-based skills. During their learning day, each young person is provided with freshly cooked food on site and alternative health therapies in order to address physiological distress.
Established in 2005, the Urban Academy now supports 220 young people to assist them in moving into university, college, or employment.
The Urban Academy can be found at:34 Decima Street
Telephone: +44 (0)207 4078419