Southend YMCA Community School opened in September 2013.
The vision of Southend YMCA Community School (South Essex Community School Ltd) is to ‘Stand in the Gap’, helping young people to build their future through a holistic education where pupils aged 14-16 will acquire the knowledge, skills, experiences and qualifications to make the successful transition to adulthood.
It is Southend YMCA Community School’s belief that young people should be offered access to high quality provision. The acquisition of relevant and meaningful skills, knowledge, qualifications and experiences will increase life chances and aid economic inclusion for young people outside the mainstream school system.
Becoming a Free School has provided a more stable and legitimate environment for meeting the needs of young people in Southend. In addition, the DfE status has increased positive reputation, consequently providing a valuable resource to mainstream schools; utilising placements to increase retention, achievement and success rates and reduce exclusions.
Our first school OFSTED inspection was undertaken in June 2015. Click here for the full report.