The Apricot Vision
We want our students to be successful in both life and learning
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 have working partnerships with a number of schools, LAs, Councils, PRUs, and hospital outreach services. Our students are Children in Care, SEND, SEMH, and medical and mental health needs (including Autism, Asperger’s, selective mutism, high anxiety, OCD, and the like).
We are imaginative. There are a rangle of programme options and discounts that allow our clients easily to refer their vulnerable or marginal students to Apricot. Schools can even come together to commission roll on/roll off shared placements.
The Apricot Vision
We aim to provide for our students in four basic ways:
- Reengagement with learning
- Recognition of self-worth
- Reintegration to school, where possible
- Replacement of school, where necessary
What do we mean when we say we want our students to be successful in both life and learning?
Meet the team
We welcome all who are like-minded to join with us in improving the lives of vulnerable young people. Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. We are strong because being part of a team makes us selfless and feel that we are doing something for the greater good. (Mike Kryzewski)
Apricot is a team of dedicated educators passionate about improving their students’ lives – and loving every minute of it.
Safe and structured environment
We aim to provide a holistic, warm environment where learners feel respected, nurtured, and safe. We embrace and accommodate diversity among learners. The distractions and anxieties our students associate with traditional classrooms are mitigated in online lessons. Our personalised timetables reintroduce learning as a regular feature in our students’ lives – bridging the gap between home and school – paving the way for a return to mainstream education.
Valuing self and relationships
We teach both the child and the subject. Emphasis is placed on mutual respect and building sound relationships between teachers and students while maintaining high expectations. Our students feel secure, respected, and supported. Their confidence and resilience is built over their tenure with Apricot, affording them new opportunities to re-engage better with their own learning process – effectively re-inventing themselves as learners.
Meeting needs and gathering skills
Whether gaps in learning, high anxiety, self-regulation, or any other issue that has brought your young person to Apricot, our teachers are able and willing to help them overcome their barriers to learning. Building trust is a crucial first step. Listening to students in order to tailor lesson content and pace is a close second. Building resilience, confidence, and academic skills are a close third. We understand that learning becomes possible when the whole child is considered.