Alternative Provison


We want to provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE.

Our young people must work through four sections to complete their Bronze Award over a minimum period of six months:





Your DofE programme is a real adventure. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24.

You can do DofE programs at three levels:

  • Bronze (aged 14+)
  • Silver (aged 15+)
  • Gold (aged 16+)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

DofE is a Charity. They aim to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Their ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers.


E.Quality Training is a Staffordshire work-based Training Provider that puts learner experience at the forefront of its business practices.

They provide vocational training in the 5 specialist areas listed below, primarily focussing on Apprenticeships and Study Programmes (pre-apprenticeships) for anyone aged over 16.

The business started in 1999 and has grown to include 4 training centres across Staffordshire. The location of each centre was carefully chosen to be conveniently accessible by public transport for all learners in its catchment area.

The tutors are highly qualified, very experienced and enthusiastically committed to drawing out the best from every learner. Training is of a consistently high quality and all assessment is carried out to exacting industry standards. Training and assignments are based on individual needs and learners are given as much support as they need so they can learn at a pace that suits them.

Study Programme learners are based in one of our centres and usually work in small groups of around ten. This means we’re able to provide lots of support to try to achieve a positive outcome for every person that studies with us. Our learners achieve outstanding results – in 2015/16 95% of learners achieved their learning goals and progressed into employment, apprenticeships or further training at a higher level.

Apprenticeship training is principally based in the workplace, with attendance at one of our centres usually on one day a week.

Training Courses

Equality offer training courses in the following vocational specialisms:

  • Hair & Beauty
  • Barbering
  • Childcare
  • Health & Social Care
  • Business Administration
  • Vocational Studies

These are underpinned with training in Maths, English & ICT, as required by each learner, and they have also introduced training in GCSE Maths & English since 2016.

Qualifications: BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies, VTCP Level 1 in Hair and Beauty, Introduction to Health & Social Care Level 1 NCFE Award, Child Care NCFE Award Level 2, BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Child Care


Outdoor Education at The Hollies

Each week pupils spend a day out of the building taking part in an outdoor education programme. The programme is designed to show our pupils that learning can take place beyond the classroom and its four walls.

The five core aims of the programme are:

  • Raise Self-esteem and aspirations
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Encourage pupils to take on new challenges
  • For young people to have an appreciation for areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Promote direct learning using safe practice in challenging environments

The Outdoor education programme provides valuable alternative, often non-competitive, avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance. Through successfully facing up to the challenges which outdoor activities provide, overcoming fears and apprehensions along the way, our young people make major strides in confidence, with implications for all aspects of their development in, and out of school.

The activities can range from rock climbing to hiking, mountain biking to kayaking, and even bush craft to cooking. The inclusive programme allows every young person to take part at their own discretion, experiencing new adventures along the way, which hopefully will spark an interest outside of school.



Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, pupils can take advantage of the beautiful estate and gardens at Rodbaston. They have a working farm, Animal Zone and Equine Centre on campus.

Rodbaston remains the go-to place for agriculture, horticulture, animal care, floristry, veterinary care, horse management, countryside management and much more.

Qualifications they offer with 14-16 provision are:

-Motor vehicle maintenance

-Animal care




Pupils learn the value of a vocational study, and get used to working with animals or equipment that they would need in a day-to-day job within the industry. Here pupils receive tuition in small groups, supported by a Hollies member of staff. The course is split into practical and theory sessions.