WSAPC aims to provide a caring and positive environment where all are valued and supported through a personalised curriculum which challenges and inspires individuals to achieve their potential.

Here at West Sussex Alternative Provision College (WSAPC) we operate in 8 separate locations, strategically sited to offer educational provision across West Sussex.

The college was formed in April 2013 and is led by me, Doug Thomas, Head Teacher and two deputies Rowan McConnell and Helen Ellis. We work closely with the Governing Body, and in partnership with West Sussex schools and professional agencies. We provide appropriate primary and secondary learning provision for a range of vulnerable and challenging students.

We provide the equivalent of 292 full time places for children and young people from West Sussex who have been permanently excluded, those at risk of exclusion and those out of school for medical reasons.

All our Centres offer educational programmes for young people. Additionally, our Blended Learning Team offers educational support in a child’s home, providing personalized learning packages suitable to the circumstances and needs of the young person. Our Inclusion Team works with our colleagues in mainstream schools, to help support and develop educational strategies for children presenting with challenging behaviour and who are consequently at risk of exclusion.

At WSAPC we strive to give our pupils a fresh approach to learning in our alternative provision setting. We encourage our pupils to continue their educational progress both within the time they are with us and when they are ready to move on to other schools and establishments.

We firmly believe that education is a lifelong process and acknowledge that there may have been obstacles and past events that have blocked our pupils’ educational progress. With this in mind, we recognise that we need to address both the social and emotional needs of our pupils alongside and in conjunction with their educational needs.

We look forward at all times, confronting the obstacles to learning and then moving on and planning for a positive future.

I would like to welcome you all to our school and to say that whether you are a pupil, a parent/carer or someone who would like to visit us, you are most welcome and do hope that your experience reflects what all of us feel about working at WSAPC.

Doug Thomas, Head Teacher