Church offers ‘last chance’ for pupils

Bishop of Wakefield attends the launch of a new centre for expelled children, to try and help turn lives around.'w6923a146
Bishop of Wakefield attends the launch of a new centre for expelled children, to try and help turn lives around.'w6923a146

CHILDREN who are on the brink of being turfed out of their school are now being offered a helping hand by a church.

Christian educational charity The Lighthouse Group (TLG) has set up a centre at All Saints Church in Normanton.

It offers a 12-week placement for pupils, aged from 11 to 16, from the 25 secondary schools in the district who have either been expelled or face being excluded.

The centre is being managed by Gavin Budby who left Freeston High School with no qualifications.

Mr Budby, 33, said: “We’re all really excited to welcome in the young people and already have one person.

“I’ve been really encouraged by meetings with the schools in the area and the involvement of the local community through the church.

“We discuss any issues they have and try and engage them with education and get them back into school.

“Some may find lessons difficult or have behavioural issues so we can help them on a one-to-one level.”

The centre has been set up in the newly refurbished Parish Rooms at the Normanton church.

Youngsters will attend two-hour sessions once a week, but their attendance is voluntary and down to the pupil, their family and school.

The centre provides alternative education with an aim to get the child back in to full time school or other training.

For more visit www.tlg.org.uk