Second Chances School

To key stakeholders, partners, parent/carers and students,
Changes to education provision at Vine Education Trust

The board of the Vine Education Trust (VET) has taken the decision to de-register and therefore close Second Chances School at the end of this term. This has been a very difficult decision.

We are very proud of what Second Chances has achieved over the last 14 years, supporting very vulnerable young people who have found it difficult to engage in mainstream schools, and seeing them progress into positive destinations.

The decision to de-register became necessary because of the significant changes that have happened in the education market. It is our duty to plan for the future and we are now committed to supporting a collaborative bid for a much more comprehensive provision. The wider Vine Trust Group will continue to provide an effective alternative provision for all young people in its sphere of influence, and this of course includes the outgoing students of Second Chances.  

Ahead of a successful bid, and with the support of partner schools and Vine Access Centres (the group's subsidiary coaching service), VET will offer an interim offsite provision for outgoing students, that combines effective behaviour improvement, personal development, careers education and  employability skills alongside educational study (including English and Maths GCSEs). This interim provision will begin in January 2016 and senior managers are in contact with partner schools to ensure any disruption to students is minimised.

As proprietor of the school, we have informed the DFE, Ofsted, the Charities Commission, and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The Vine Education Trust would like to thank all those who have worked for the school over the last 14 years, making such a positive impact to the lives of so many young people.

Yours faithfully,


David Lomax
Chairman of Governors, 
Second Chances School.