School celebrates new unit’s success

Pupils from Academy 360 teaching family members at the Achievement Centre open day.
Pupils from Academy 360 teaching family members at the Achievement Centre open day.
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A CELEBRATION relaunch was held to showcase the success of a specialised school unit.

Academy 360 has opened its new look Achievement Centre and aims to more than double the number of young people who can benefit from it.

Almost four years ago, the school started renting five rooms in the nearby Springboard centre to work with its secondary-aged pupils who found it difficult to progress in mainstream school.

Outcomes have proved so successful that the all-age academy has now taken over the whole of the Portchester Road building, and members of the community were invited along to take a look around.

David Amos, associate headteacher at Academy 360, said: “This is a fantastic facility. It is fairly unique.

“I can’t think there are many secondary schools which have something like this.

“We want to provide an inclusive education for all our students.

“This centre means that, for whatever reason, if a pupil is struggling in mainstream, they can come to the Achievement Centre.”

He said the benefits of working in a relaxed setting with smaller numbers of pupils are huge for students.

Mr Amos praised the dedication of Sue Collings, deputy headteacher with responsibility for behaviour and safety, Achievement Centre manager, Vicky Gilbert, and all her team for the hard work they have put into creating the facility over the past few months.