‘Alternative school’ invests in new Lincoln premises

A specialist education network which works with disadvantaged young people has invested in a new, bigger premises due to rising demand.

Specialist Education Support Network (SESN) has leased a new unit at The Point off Weaver Road in Lincoln.

The group’s mission is to give hope and motivation to 11 to 16-year-olds with the aim of giving them a better, brighter future.

The ‘alternative school’ is funded by Lincolnshire County Council. It also receives individual payments from schools which refer students, which teachers and other professionals believe will benefit from its expertise.

SESN takes a creative approach to working with individuals excluded from mainstream education or those who may be struggling generally with a range of social, emotional and behavioural issues.

SESN also helps them through its partnerships with local colleges, the use of satellite centres (such as its “classroom” based at building firm Gelder’s premises in Sturton by Stow), through its connections with Access to Music and by tapping into work placement opportunities provided by local firms.

Director Richard Bell, who heads a team of five staff, working at the new centre, said: “We are currently working with 25 young people.

“Lincolnshire County Council has commissioned and funded ten places for excluded students and schools across Lincolnshire have paid for other individuals they have referred to us.

“Every student is an individual and the dynamics of helping them change daily. In addition to our current arrangements, we are also setting-up an Animal Therapy Centre at Newark to help students who want to experience working with animals and, of course, we are keen to build relationships with more local businesses.”

Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co has leased the new unit to the group. Surveyor Emily Funnell said: “We are pleased to have leased a two-storey office unit at The Point to SESN.

“It has provided the Network with more than 5,400 sq ft of flexible open-plan accommodation, which can easily be adapted to its changing needs. The building also enjoys the benefit of 27 parking spaces. We wish SESN every success for the future.”