Leeds REACH, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, is a cutting edge voluntary organisation delivering services to young people whom for differing reasons may be facing difficulties in mainstream school.

The project was originated in 1994 and was endorsed by the local community, young people, families and the schools of which it serves.

The project is a registered charity with annual open access AGMs and regular open/information forums for local community participation.

Leeds REACH, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West YorkshireYoung people between the ages of 11 & 16+ (predominately but not exclusively Year 9 & from an African Caribbean heritage) are engaged in a programme of change which allows them to amend past behaviours, achieve, enjoy and return to school to complete their studies.

Most of our curriculum on offer is accredited via OCN (Open College Network) - STEP UP (Step Towards Enabling Progression) which enables students to gain points towards a GCSE qualification or act as a stand alone qualification. All accreditation gained at the service is transferred to the school where the young person attends.

The project works in partnership with the local education authority, Leeds City Council Youth Service and several secondary schools based within the inner North East/North West area of the city.

Our year follows the school calendar, with pupils enrolling each term and being phased back into their host school within 10-12 weeks. Through our partnership with Barnardo’s Yorkshire, when a young person reaches the age of 16 we’ll seek further education, training and employment opportunities by referring them onto the Barnardo’s ‘Believe Leeds’ project.

At a time where concerns regarding the lack of positive black models, under-achievement and exclusions amongst young black boys are being highlighted, Leeds Reach prides itself on the experience, knowledge, and positive black role models that work within the organisation.

Our commitment to support the attainment levels and emotional well being of young people within our care is paramount and our efforts to reduce school age exclusions, promote school attendance and unearth hidden talent is something that we believe will have a lasting effect on all that are involved within the service.

‘Educate to Reintegrate’

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