Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, visited Catch22 include Norfolk, a local alternative provision school, to meet with staff and pupils and learn first-hand the positive impact the school makes on the lives of young people.
Chloe visited Catch22’s school, which has recently relocated to within her Norwich North constituency, where she met Philip Hinchliffe, Head of School, and received a tour of the school’s facilities and took part in a roundtable discussion with some of its current pupils.
Catch22 include Norfolk is an Ofsted registered independent school. It provides full-time, alternative, secondary education for 40 young people who have been excluded from their previous school or pupil referral unit, or who need additionalbehavioural, emotional or medicalsupport than is offered by a mainstream setting.The new school brings together students and teachers who were previously split across three separate sites in Norwich. Across the county, Catch22 include Norfolk supports 92 students in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and King’s Lynn. Catch22 is a national charity and social business, supporting people through education, justice, social action, training and employment.
Chloe learned first-hand some of the challenges the school faces when supporting young people with a variety of complex needs and home lives, and spoke to staff and pupils about the ways the school has positively impacted them. Chloe met with two Year 11 pupils during a roundtable discussion, to learn about their stories and how Catch22 has been able to support them in improving their lives.
Chloe comments: “Meeting the staff and pupils of Catch22 was really important for me as a constituency MP. I always seek to understand and support the good work that local schools are doing, and that includes all kinds of learning environments. Catch22 supports young people who have had some often really tough school and family situations, and I was grateful to speak to students and learn how the school has helped them.
“I chair the Youth Board of the Norwich Opportunity Area, and founded the Norwich For Jobs Project, because I believe in being hands-on. So for me, visiting Catch22 was extremely useful in learning how organisations can come together to support young people to improve the quality of their lives, and to offer them second chances and positive opportunities.”
Philip Hinchliffe, Head Teacher of Catch22 include Norfolk commented: “We were heartened by Chloe’s appetite for doing things differently, for supporting every young person in Norwich to achieve their potential, no matter where they started. Catch22 truly believes that it takes a village to raise a child, and that we must unite to improve the education opportunities for those young people for whom the mainstream model doesn’t work. We urge Norwich’s employers, head teachers, community groups, and FE colleges to all consider their role in helping our learners thrive, and look forward to working with Chloe to make that happen.”