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Lighting the way to a brighter future

We’re a unique Alternative Educational Provision…

At Torch Learning Centre (TLC) the Directors Nicki Henman and Lore McIntyre have provided an alternative educational provision for students that are experiencing difficulties within school.

TLC provides a range of educational and vocational options that are tailor made to meet the needs of the individual student but will also give the students a rounded curriculum that will secure entry to further education on completion of Yr.11 exams

Unique to Torch Learning Centre is our personal development driven programme (Enlightenment Learning) which is at the core of all Torch Learning Centre Curriculums.

TLC Average Attendance*
Exam Pass Rate
English Improvement (one or more levels)
Maths Improvement (one or more levels)

*compared with an average attendance rate of just 47% at school

All Torch Learning Centre programmes run from our 5 year established training centre based in Irchester Village, Northants. Our fully-equipped centre is designed to provide a calming and supportive environment to enable our students to learn as effectively as possible.

Students will also have the opportunity to fundamentally challenge their barriers to learning with the qualified assistance of our Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

You might have some questions about how we work or what we offer. If you don’t see the answer to your questions below, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Each school or academy has their own unique training days that tend to co- inside with end or beginning of term. TLC staff members have their own training days, parents will be informed by letter and dates will be posted on TLC website if TLC closes due to staff training.

TLC recognises that some academies operate different term dates and times to suit the needs of their children but TLC operate a 6 term system in line with Northampton Education Authority and term dates are posted on TLC website.

TLC is open for students from 9.30am until 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. TLC staff members are on site from 8.00am.

Although students are not expected to wear school uniform a dress standard is expected. Students will be made aware of dress standard on induction to TLC.

Parents will receive a termly progress report on the achievement and progress of their child, and qualifications achieved.

Students with parent’s written permission are allowed off site at lunch time. Parents who wish to give permission for students to go off site can sign the parental consent form on the TLC  students referral form.

Parents can ring TLC from 8.00am to report a student absence. TLC will ring parents if a student does not arrive as intended. Referred schools will be informed by email of the student’s absence.

Parents will be telephoned by TLC Directors and information will be posted on TLC website. If students arrive by taxi TLC will inform taxi company.

Students who attend TLC will take their exams at TLC. Students have a range of qualifications they can choose from but all students will be expected to complete Functional Skills Maths and English from Entry 3 to Level 2 and COPE Level 1 ( Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)

Students will be expected to bring their own lunch unless they have been given permission to go off site where they can buy their lunch from various shops in Irchester Village.

Students that have free school meal entitlement will be given a daily amount of money to purchase a lunchtime meal.

All students are encouraged to revise or complete work at home for the various qualifications they are studying.

TLC has given me more of an opportunity for another chance. It has a relaxed atmosphere and we get treated as equals, which is important.

Anonymous Student

I like it here because if I was in mainstream school I would have been kicked out by now. We get so much more support here.

Anonymous Student

01933 355550

Please contact us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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