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Personalised Learning

Tailor your own curriculum.
Programmes of study designed to meet students where they are at.

With Maths, English, ICT skills and a strong PHSE curriculum at the core of every students programme of study, students get to choose and try out a range of vocational tasters that are accredited and will help them work towards a recognised qualification.


of year 11 leavers move into positive destinations. 40% of those stay on with us and take up one of our study programmes

Who We Are

Our Mission

To transform young lives and build resilient communities through high-quality alternative education

Claire Cook
Chief Executive

“I believe that Alternative Education should be just that…‘alternative to, not less than’ mainstream education. I am fiercely passionate about providing a service that works in close partnership with schools to prevent permanent exclusions and placement breakdown, and since opening the doors in 2012, with our unique approach, we have consistently produced excellent outcomes, both academic and pastoral for our students; transforming young lives and building resilient communities
in the process.

In May 2018, I am proud to say we became a Registered Independent School, further galvanising our commitment to providing credible alternative education. We specialise in referrals for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health barriers, as well as unique support for Children who are Looked After and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s).

The clue is in our title, ‘Employability Solutions’; We find creative, innovative and common-sense approaches to build the employability of every young person, such that they can go
off into the world of work and
be successful.

I would urge anyone wanting more information, to come along for an informal chat and a look around our centres. We have an open-door policy and the kettle is always on!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our students and their families to Employability Solutions and wish them every success in their education.”

Our CEO is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, part of a
global network of social business leaders who disrupt the status quo
and do things differently. With this in mind, we are determined to ignite
a spark in any young person who has a passion to make a difference
through Enterprise.

Speke Up

Speke Up

Wow, what a day. We’ve spent the day hearing all about the amazing and exciting opportunities happening in Speke for local people. We loved supporting the day and truly support all those worthy winners… the Police have really worked their magic giving the money over to the community to decide what they want to see. We can see so many opportunities to help and support so many of you by pooling our resources and working together… apologies to all those who voted for us but our decision to withdraw our application was a considered one. We don’t think we should have to “get lucky” in order to help our most vulnerable access vital services that ought to be available as a statutory right. We wish all you the very best of luck – remember we want you to VOTE for a better government, lobby MP’s and demand access for services – be the voice of those who aren’t heard! 

Student Journey

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We have high expectations of our students and believe that they will learn, feel safe, secure and positive about themselves if they have clear and consistent boundaries.

Our school successfully creates a welcoming, calm and purposeful atmosphere in which students are valued as individuals and treated with dignity and respect.
Small class sizes, longer contact time and excellent resources
ensure the learning environment is conducive to positive behaviour. In keeping with our ethos, our restorative approach to handling mistakes gives the students an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, make amends and move forward. We do this through structured coaching conversations, guidance and support.

Ask us about this year’s
pledge, demonstrating our commitment
to re-investing 100% of the profits by providing added-value experiences such as camping,
residentials, restaurant visits and more!


Of<br /> our Post-16 learners complete their study programme in full

I went to 9 different schools before I came to ES. I never thought I would stick at education, but it was different here…they made me take responsibility for my own actions.
I learned so much by going through the mistakes process with the staff.

Jordanna, former student,

now employed as a receptionist

Careers Education & Employment Programmes

Guided by the Gatsby Benchmarks, Careers education is embedded throughout the students journey to allow them to make meaningful connections and form aspirational targets, goals and plans for their future.
Working in partnership with local employers that complement the vocational pathways on offer, students gain valuable insight into the world of work through our programme of work experience, employer assemblies, guest speakers and industry visits.

Our wider Post-16 employment programmes support local people who are not currently in employment, education or training (NEET) to take control of their own lives and move towards a better future. In fact,
our employment programmes have an 89% success
rate of moving people into sustainable jobs, education and training.



Success rate, securing sustainable employment for students attending an employment programme.

Employability Solutions is a member of Vola, a highly successful consortium of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector service providers operating in Liverpool City Region.

Being a partner and working collaboratively within this wider network of voluntary organisations opens up more doors and opportunities for us to support young people in the community and allows us to access additional funding to tackle NEET and worklessness through our community-based learning skills and projects.


We are registered as an exam centre with the following awarding bodies:


The curriculum is underpinned by a desire to
enable all students to develop their personal,
social, academic and employability skills to a
level which enables them to lead meaningful,
happy lives. This is designed to have a tangible community benefit as well as the obvious positive personal impact on the students.
We are personally committed to improving the
life chances of the students we care for and
to raising their aspirations.

The Support and sense of family that I had at ES made me the person I am today. I am passionate about supporting other young people to suceed.

Ryan, former student

Trainee Teaching Assistant