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Red Balloon Learner Centre Reading

Schools and Children’s services

Red Balloon Reading

The aim of Red Balloon is the recovery of bullied or traumatised young people who have self-excluded from school. We offer a full-time programme with a therapeutic approach. Our curriculum is negotiated with each student’s needs and interests in mind. Whilst offering all key subject areas to secondary school aged children, we also provide extracurricular activities to build students’ confidence in the community. We place wellbeing and students’ re-engagement in learning at the heart of everything we do. 

Lessons are in small groups and one-to-one when necessary. Part-time or transition placements are also considered depending on student need.

Students are admitted provided:

a) there is a place for them (maximum 15 students);
b) they can be supported by our provision;
c) they want to come to the Centre and are able to attend regularly;
d) they want to learn and make academic progress;
e) they will behave with respect and consideration towards the other students, the staff and the premises.

 When students have recovered they are fully supported in their transition back  into mainstream education (school or college).

 Our provision offers-

  • High adult to pupil staffing ratios.
  • Highly qualified teaching and support staff
  • Links to post 16 providers and Further Education colleges
  • 1:1 access to computers/laptops for all pupils
  • Music therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Transition Plans
  • Annual Review process
  • Termly progress reports
  • Regular contact with parents and carers
  • Development of lifeskills
  • A range of qualifications

There are costs related to using / accessing our service

 For further details please contact:

Contact Telephone 01189 583004

Contact email

Local offer age bands (Secondary) 11-16

SEN provision type targeted


The Red Balloon Learner Centre has published their Local Offer providing information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Who to contact

Contact Name
Emma Goodfellow
0118 958 3004
Red Balloon Learner Centre Reading

Where to go

Red Balloon Learner Centre Reading
Kings Road

Local Offer

Contact Name
Stuart Bracewell
Contact Telephone
0118 9583004
Contact Email
Red Balloon Learner Centre
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated
Download more Local Offer details for SEN Information Report - Local Offer Document 2018-19 here...

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.