Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a young person attend Elmtree “full-time”?

A: No, a young person can only attend any Elmtree site for up to 18 hours a week.

Q: Will a young person miss out on the experiences of traditional schooling if they attend Elmtree?

A: Absolutely not. The Elmtree approach is designed to support each learner with a view to said learner being better equipped to support themselves should they return to mainstream education. The opportunities and experiences offered to learners at Elmtree are planned to further encourage, challenge and inspire.

Q: How long does the application process take?

A: The first step to making a referral to Elmtree is to complete the online admissions form, this takes about 30 minutes.

Once we have received your application, our admissions panel will consider the application to ensure we have capacity and can best meet the needs of the young person requiring support.

This usually happens within 3-7 working days of the application being recieved. Providing the Elmtree site has capacity, we can offer provision almost immediately (subject to the appropriate operational and safeguarding checks). To apply, visit www.elmtree-learning.org.uk

Q: Who can make a referral to Elmtree for Alternative Learning Provision?

A: This is most often completed by supporting staff in school who are seeking to engage appropriate ALP for a young person.

During this process, we actively encourage that the young person, their family and their school work together to find the best source of ALP. It is sometimes possible for parents/carers/families to arrange provision for this.