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Lapwing Education - specialist alternative education

General Details

Lapwing is a specialist education provider delivering bespoke alternative provision to young people aged 4-25 years old with complex additional needs across East Anglia. The organisation's core aim is to develop students' academic, personal, emotional and life skills, which underpin their ability to succeed professionally and socially/personally. 

Student programmes are highly personalised and designed around a young person's needs, interests and aspirations.  These can include a broad range of content and qualifications including academic (GCSEs, Functional Skills), vocational (Arts Award, AQA unit awards) as well as life skills/employability/work experience and therapeutic interventions.  

The Lapwing office is situated in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich but staff work peripatetically across East Anglia going out to students and working with them in venues and with local partners which are deliberately sourced to support that student's specific programme objectives.  Lapwing work with a whole range of young people with complex additional needs including social, emotional, behavioural, mental health and learning difficulties and disabilities.

Lapwing offers a range of programmes supporting students in 2:1, 1:1 and small group settings.  Young people who have accessed a Lapwing programme may be:

  • primary and secondary school students struggling to manage in a mainstream, PRU or special school placement due to mental health, anxiety, social, emotional, medical, behavioural, learning difficulties, Autism/Aspergers, exclusion
  • primary and secondary school students with complex Special Educational Needs or a Disability who require a highly personalised provision to meet their needs
  • primary and secondary school students requiring a short term specialist programme before transferring into a long term specialist placement
  • children in care requiring a short term 'school ready' programme while waiting to take up a school, PRU or special school place
  • post 16 students with Education Health and Care Plans who are unable to access a conventional college place and require a bespoke programme tailored to meet their needs and aspirations
  • young people (aged 4-25) with severe learning disabilities who require a personalised programme focusing on their personal development, communication, independence, life skills, literacy & numeracy, transition to adulthood
  • young people requiring therapeutic interventions including integrative therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, art therapy, music therapy, speech and language therapy, Neuro-linguistic programming, Thrive approach, sensory techniques, etc. as part of their programme

Lapwing's provision is truly bespoke and programmes are designed with a student's needs, interests and aspirations at the forefront, maximising engagement and outcomes.  Lapwing can deliver an holistic and in depth initial assessment process (to ascertain learning, social and emotional development) thereby offering support, information and advice to help take a young person forward to reach their potential. 

This provider has been Quality Assured since 2017 and is an approved provider by Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance and Provider Development Team - find out more here.

Who to contact

Will Fletcher
CEO & Head of Education
01473 621762
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Additional contact

Lisa Squirrell
Education Manager
01473 621762

Where to go

8a The Square
Martlesham Heath
Area served
All Suffolk
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Free parking at our Martlesham office

Our headquarters is based in Martlesham Heath and this is our base for management, administration and training.  A small amount of tutoring for local students takes place here but the majority of our personalised education programmes take place within young peoples' local communities across the region.

Days & Times

Please contact us for more details.

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Email or telephone Will Fletcher or Lisa Squirrell to enquire about provision.

Age Groups
16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Lift, Adapted Toilet

Accreditation details
City & Guilds Functional Skills, AQA Unit Award Scheme, Thrive Approach

Service users involved in planning
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Local Offer Local Offer Record

Will Fletcher or Lisa Squirrell
01473 621762
Lapwing Education
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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