A News story by Radhika Sharma 13 October 2021

The Parker E-ACT Academy opened a new Social, Emotional, Mental Health provision on 11 October 2021, serving Daventry and wider Northampton.

There is currently no such provision within the town or the surrounding area, so Northamptonshire County Council approached The Parker E-ACT Academy as it already had a strong reputation for SEND provision. The local authority has invested £500,000 into the hub, which was formerly the academy’s reception area. 

Specialist provision is only available through privately run alternative provision in Northampton. These are not accessible for many students in Daventry and often have limited places.

It is estimated that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are experiencing SEMH challenges. National data shows that a child with any special educational need and disability (SEND) is significantly more likely to leave school without any qualifications.

The new SEMH provision is an exciting opportunity to provide focussed ‘wrap around’ care for young people in the area. The provision includes a sensory room, up to eight small classrooms, a food technology toom, ICT room as well as general offices.  

The hub will be a base for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and other external agencies and will allow a group of up to 20 young people with additional needs, such as anxiety, autism, ADHD and more, to access a fully inclusive school. The provision includes a sensory room, up to eight small classrooms, a food technology room, ICT room as well as general offices.  

Simon Cox, Executive Headteacher at The Parker E-ACT Academy said:

“I am extremely proud to be able to open this provision and we’re so grateful to Northamptonshire County Council, E-ACT and the Regional Schools Commissioner for their support in opening this centre. We look forward to The Parker E-ACT Academy being seen as a key supporting hub for young people suffering with SEMH in Daventry.”