More about us

Our history

Apricot Online Ltd (Apricot) is a part-time online alternative education provision for vulnerable children whose education has been affected by mental or physical health issues, learning difficulties, exclusion, or the risk of exclusion. We provide services to children aged between 8 and 18 who require teaching outside of mainstream schools for short or long periods of time. See some live lesson excerpts here.

Apricot was founded in 2011. In 2013, Amy Smith took over ownership and became the Managing Director. Amy has strong experience in education, IT, graphic design, video production, budgeting, and public speaking. She is our technical advisor and development lead.

Jodie Butler became the Operations Director in 2015 and is responsible for operational management, human resources, and finance. Jodie is very much our front of house, liaising with clients, parents, and students.

Lewisa Jordan became the Assistant Headteacher in 2017 and is responsible for curriculum, progression, and HoD and staff support. She continues to teach with Apricot.

Over the years we have developed our curriculum and teaching staff to be the broadest, most flexible, and tailored online school in the UK. We continue to have working partnerships with a number of schools. Meet our Senior Leadership Team.

Our clients consist of schools (mainstream, academies, and special), councils, LAs, PRUs, and hospital outreach services.

Our students consist of Children in Care, SEND, SEMH, Medical Needs, and those with mental health issues (including Autism, Asperger’s, selective mutism, high anxiety, OCD, and the like).

We are imaginative. There are a range of programme options and discounts that allow our clients easily to refer their vulnerable student cohorts to Apricot. In some areas, schools have come together to purchase roll-on/roll-off seats.

In brief…

Apricot is here to serve you and your students. This is what we offer:

  • Teaching to our students’ capabilities (no matter their age) and helping them take appropriate qualifications
  • Highly skilled, trained, and qualified teachers to help students make excellent and rapid progress
  • Supporting students to help them overcome barriers to learning
  • Motivating students, developing self-confidence, and improving attendance
  • Academic attainment on a par with, or exceeding, mainstream schools (especially in English, Maths and Science)
  • Helping students reintegrate into mainstream education, further education, training, or employment
  • Working closely with outside agencies, principally clients and programmes where students are on roll