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Pastoral Care

The wellbeing of our students is given the highest priority.
We know that for students to learn well, they need to feel happy and be safe. That’s why at each of our centres, we have a dedicated lead for Student Services, providing an outstanding Pastoral support service.

Staff are always on hand to offer a listening ear and support in times of need and using tried and tested coaching methods our pastoral team will nurture, guide and challenge every young person in our care to make progress that is personal to them.

Our dedicated team are there to raise the aspirations and encourage every young person to reach their full potential. The
importance of friendship and healthy, active lifestyles is regularly emphasised, and we provide a rich and diverse curriculum of enrichment and community
involvement. Every student is encouraged throughout their journey to participate actively in projects, volunteering or activities which will provide meaningful
benefit in our community.

Student efforts are rewarded in all sorts of ways appropriate to the individual, and their victories celebrated through our celebration and reward assemblies.

Their conviction for keeping kids safe and never giving up on them is commendable.




‘Safeguarding is everyone’s Business’

Employability Solutions Independent School is fully committed to the Safeguarding of students and staff and those who have direct links with the school.

We actively promote the positive welfare of our students and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and partners to endorse and practice this commitment at all times.

Staff are fully-trained in Safeguarding to the appropriate level and within the relevant Local Authority, ensuring they
are familiar with the processes. Designated Safeguarding Leads in each centre have two deputies working together to competently handle safeguarding issues.

Safeguarding training is updated annually as a minimum and staff access additional CPD training, for example, Youth Mental Health First Aid and Online Safety.



Student Services

“As an organisation, we’ve never been great at shouting about the work we do, and neither our prospectus nor website will ever truly be able to explain at length the work that goes into supporting and caring for every young person that comes through our doors at Employability Solutions.
We feel that our duty of care extends beyond the school day. Opportunities for students are personalised and carefully
planned. Parents and students will refer to ES as a ‘family’ and this is also how we see

The strong links we have built within local communities and with families ensure we have a network of people all working to help our students exceed expectations and achieve outcomes far beyond their starting point;

We believe

“It takes a village to raise a child”.

Nadia Miller
Head of Student Services
Designated Safeguarding Lead


Inclusion at Employability Solutions

“Our school motto is ‘it’s your time’ and our education provision is designed to provide
a wealth of opportunities for our students to find their moments to shine and embrace the opportunity to make a fresh start.
We believe that in education, one size does not fit all, and we provide a responsive, varied curriculum which is practical, physical and creative in essence”.

I wholeheartedly believe that every young person has the potential to succeed given the right environment and support to meet their individual needs.


Gayle Worswick, SENDCo
Head of Education

Transition Planning

We work closely with Local Authority transition officers, actively engaging in and facilitating transition planning to enable young people to plan effectively for their future.

The School has well-established relationships with many organisations who support young people and their families in their journey towards adult life.

Supported Internships

We offer supported internships and traineeships for students with EHCPs. We have a committed network of supportive local employers who want to help young people access real opportunities for employment.

Our delivery model is to train their ‘Managers as Mentors’ so they may successfully host young people with SEND for up to 1 year.

Tailor Your Own Curriculum

Which pieces of the puzzle are the right fit for you?
Pick more than one vocational subject.
With Maths, English, ICT skills and 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 in Occupational Studies.


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

Mission Statement

“To be the catalyst that creates positive social change for communities, by delivering alternative community education programmes which harness the skills, talents and qualities of its people and places” 

“I believe that Alternative Education
should be just that…’alternative
to, not less than’ mainstream
education. I have always been
fiercely passionate about
challenging conventional wisdom
and doing things differently,
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 EHC Plans.
The clue is in our title,
‘Employability Solutions’; We find
creative, innovative and commonsense
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.”

Claire Cook
Chief Executive

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.

Careers Education & Employment Programmes

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 a 94% success rate of moving people into sustainable jobs, education and training.


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.



“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.
I am personally committed to improving the
life chances of the students we care for and
to raising their aspirations.”

Lisa Heron
Head of Education

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