Youth Challenge Secondary - Academy Information

I have had the privilege of leading Youth Challenge since 2014. I have been a member of the Youth Challenge team since 2008 working in a variety of roles, all of which have enhanced my experience of working with young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Youth Challenge believes in fresh starts  and creating positive educational experiences for both our young people and parents. Re-engaging young people into education and preparing them for their next steps, be this back in mainstream school, special provision or post 16 remains at the forefront of what we do.

Through the delivery of personalised packages of learning we aim to meet the individual needs of our young people to ensure they have successful futures.

We pride ourselves on our creativity, commitment and our passion to help young people celebrate success to become the best they can be.

Rebecca Leonard

Vice Principal / Academy Lead


Youth Challenge Secondary Unit Core Purpose

Youth Challenge Secondary Provisional offer

At Youth Challenge

You Can…

Enjoy, Achieve, Succeed 


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive family environment and solid foundation where pupils feel valued as individuals. We encourage ambition and strive to provide enjoyable opportunities for pupils and their families to grow, and experience success in school, their homes and the community.

Our Values

We believe that we improve and grow stronger by listening and learning from others.

At Youth Challenge we promote:

Unconditional positive regard
Honesty Trust
Democracy   New beginnings/fresh starts
Working together  


Never giving up/ having a go   Co-operation
Personal Success

The Youth Challenge Secondary provision is governed by the Youth Challenge Local Governing Body’

Details can be found here: Youth Challenge LGB

Youth Challenge Admission Process 2018-19

Criteria: Pupils referred to Youth Challenge will either be:

  • Permanently excluded from mainstream school
  • New to the authority having previously attended an OOB alternative provision
  • On the verge of exclusion
  • Requiring a vocational offer
  • In need of some respite to support their place in mainstream school
  • Requiring specialist A/P phase 1 strategies

Referral process: Requests for admission to Youth Challenge from Bolton Local Authority, Schools and Out of Borough organisations should be made directly to the Academy Lead.

Bolton LA Referral should be made using the academy information passport. If the pupil has an early help this must be reviewed and transferred over to a lead professional at Youth Challenge.

Bolton schools and Out of Borough organisations should make Initial referrals for consideration on the BIT traded referral form. If the pupil is offered a place further information in the form of the information passport should be provided. We may request additional information to support the referral.  

Review processes

Bolton LA: The Executive Principal and the relevant Academy Lead will attend monthly update meetings with Local Authority colleagues where all pupils’ placements will be reviewed. At the meeting, the Local Authority can request:

  • An extension to the current placement
  • That a placement is terminated
  • That a places ceases and a mainstream setting is identified for re-integration purposes
  • That a KS4 pupil stays at BIT until the end of KS4

BIT will:

  • Report on pupil progress (academic and SEMH)
  • Report on suitability of continuation
  • Report on readiness to re-integrate
  • If applicable, request additional support for individual pupils.

The dates of the monthly meetings are:

  • 17th September 2018
  • 18th October 2018
  • 28th November 2018
  • 12th February 2019
  • 11th March 2019
  • 23rd April 2019
  • 23rd May 2019
  • 24th June 2019

Bolton School/Out of Borough Organisations: Review meetings will take place each half term with a representative from Youth Challenge and the host school along with a parent or carer. At this meeting BIT will:

  • Report on pupil progress (academic and SEMH)
  • Report on suitability of continuation
  • Report on readiness to re-integrate

Please click on the following link to download the referral forms:

BIT Student Information passport

BIT Traded Place Referral form

Once complete, please email them to the Academy Lead, Rebecca Leonard

Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton BL1 6JT

Queries from parents and other members of the public should be addressed to Rebecca Leonard, the Academy Lead

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