Other schools within Tendring:

If you attend one of these schools or have recently left and need help or advice you may find it easier to contact someone at the school as they will clearly know you well.

Opportunities & Support

Adult Community Learning Essex

Adult Community Learning Essex


Although, our new Autumn 2014 course directories will not be printed until the end of July, you can take a look on our website and enrol now. If you wish to enrol on a GCSE, IT, Accountancy, Bookkeeping or English and Maths course, ask our frontline staff about booking on an assessment first. If you wish to book onto the CACHE Support Work in Schools course you can enrol but you will need to complete your initial assessment activity. All other courses can be booked on our website, by telephoning 0845 6037635 or your local number, or visit your local centre.

Adult Community Learning

GCSE English, Maths & Science

Did you know?

Adult Community Learning is now delivering GCSE courses in your local community. These are: English, Maths Higher, Maths Foundation and Science.  Courses will be available at venues across Essex including: Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh, Saffron Walden and Witham.

All English and Maths GCSE courses are free to applicants who do  not currently hold a grade C or above.

A GCSE assessment and induction session is compulsory for those wishing to enrol on a GCSE course from September 2014.  The assessment session will comprise a short test in the subject you are intending to study, plus further information on what is involved in studying for a GCSE and the amount of homework which will be required.

These sessions are available from June to 22 September.

Please contact any centre to book your assessment:
Telephone: 0845 6037635
Email: [email protected]

ALM Training Services

ALM Training Services


ALM Training Services Ltd. is one of the most respected driver training companies in the country, delivering a high standard of training since 1993.

The courses are flexible and you can join whenever you want, usually for 3 days a week. The length of the course will be discussed with you depending on what you are interested in and your circumstances.

There are courses for all levels and at different lengths from a few weeks to a year. These include Qualifications such as Awards, certificates and Diplomas, such as:

  • Retail
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Forklift Licence
  • Reach Truck Licence
  • Employees Rights and Responsibilities
  • Customer Service
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Event planning
  • Work Skills

We can also offer help toward travel costs to get to and from the centre.

For more information about any courses or to join please call us on 01375 489738 or email: [email protected]

Colchester Institute

Colchester Institute

Colchester Institute is the major provider of further education and training for North Essex and adjoining areas. The College also provides a range of higher education (degree level) courses.

Choice – there is a course for you here

At Colchester Institute we aim to provide students of all ages with the knowledge, skills and experience to equip them for life. We work in partnership with employers locally, nationally and internationally to ensure our courses are matched to today’s standards and the needs of tomorrow.

Colchester Institute operates from campuses at Clacton, Colchester and Braintree.

The Learning Shop @ Dovercourt, The Learning Shop @ Witham, The Learning Centre @ Clacton and The Learning Shop @ Colchester provide additional town centre locations for IT, English and Maths training, as well as employability training.

Easton & Otley College

Easton & Otley College

Easton & Otley College is one of the UK’s leading land based colleges. We are focused on helping you gain the knowledge and skills you will need to build a successful career in one of the industries we serve. We also work hard to ensure you have an enjoyable time and we provide you with high levels of support and with some of the best industry-standard facilities available.

A course guide can be viewed here

The college works closely with the organisations in the land based sector to ensure our students develop the skills they need for future employment– this means our students get the best help we can give them in building a successful career. We also work hard to ensure that you perform to the best of your ability to enable you to progress to a higher level of study if that is your wish.

Education and Youth Services

Education and Youth Services

Education and Youth Services offer BTEC Vocational Qualifications to 16-18 year olds in Health and Social Care, Construction, Sport and Active Leisure, Work Skills, Business and Administration and ICT. Help with travel costs and other financial incentives are available.

For more information call us on 01255 520020 or email [email protected]

Employability and Skills Team

Employability and Skills Team

Looking for a new course?

If you’re between 16–19 and not currently in Education, Employment or Training and seeking help to find a new course, you can talk to Essex County Council’s Employability and Skills Team about the options that are available to you.

The team of highly qualified Careers Guidance Advisers are experienced, friendly and can help you with:

  • Advising you on the courses available to meet your needs;
  • How and when to apply for courses;
  • Career paths this can lead to following completion of the course.

Clacton and Harwich

Tel: 01255 253428

Email: [email protected]

Kent Connexions

Kent Connexions

CXKMaximisingPotentialThe STEP UP, Extending Employment Opportunity programme.

This innovative new programme, designed by CXK, offers learning programmes tailored to the individual needs of young people looking for extra support or who are vulnerable. The programme gives students a perfect mix of accredited and unaccredited learning opportunities, direction and work experience to help them enter employment, an apprenticeship or further education.

CXK’s STEP UP programme equips eligible young people with the essential skills required by employers and training providers and will improve motivation and confidence. So why wait? If you are a young person or if you work with any young people that you think could benefit from this innovative programme speak to us today by calling or texting 07974 738721 or email [email protected]. It is as easy as that!

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Prince’s Trust

Prince’s Trust

Youth Charity that helps change lives. Prince’s Trust provide practical and financial support, develop key work place skills such as confidence and motivation. 10 to 30 year olds struggling at school, in care, long term unemployed or in trouble with the law . Project currently running at Harwich vibe.

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives.

We give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

We have helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and support 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people we helped last year moved into work, education or training.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.


The Prince’s Trust is an approachable and diverse organisation which values and respects people’s different backgrounds, characteristics, ideas and beliefs. It is responsive to the needs of young people, staff, volunteers, delivery partners and all stakeholders.

Find out more about the Prince’s Trust at our website:

Signals Media Arts Centre

Signals Media Arts Centre

Signals seeks to promote understanding of film and media and encourage participation. Signals core programme includes a wide range of educational activities which are aimed at a wide cross section of the community, from first time youth involvement to supporting developing artists work.

Signals provides information and advice through the provision of one to one help, via the website and also through consultation and workshops.

Our courses for adults and children provide access and experience to digital production, they provide an opportunity to improve skills and discover new talents.

Signals community projects are award winning and enable disadvantaged groups to work on production projects. Giving participants skills and a voice. Signals works with groups through writing to editing helping participants realise their potential and share their stories.

Signals provides production and post production services to a range of clients from documenting projects to enhancing web content. Signals also provides production and post production equipment locally and at affordable rates.

Signals seeks to promote understanding and appreciation and develop new audiences, it explores new places and ways to exhibit film including festivals on line and in community venues.



We are an independent charitable organisation with 20 years of experience, helping people of all ages and from all walks of life to get back into work or to move on. Every day we’re listening to the experiences of others who are looking for work, so we really know what’s happening and what employers are looking for when they are recruiting new staff. We offer a relaxed and welcoming environment where it’s up to you how long you stay.

Starting with an individually tailored CV, reflecting not only your experience but skills and personality traits, you will begin to feel more confident in your own abilities. Application forms and covering letters that will help to put you on the top of the employer’s pile will follow and we can even help to ease those interview nerves.

To help you access new job opportunities you are welcome to use free internet access and, for those who are not familiar with this form of job searching, friendly advice is always on hand.

Signpost also offers courses/programmes in Lifeguarding, Practical Skills, Advice & Advocacy. Course units can be tailored to the learner’s individual preferences to enhance their progression opportunities.

MAHST – Maintenance Pathway Programme

Aged 16-18? Pre-apprenticeship course

FREE Lifeguard Course

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) – We provide application services across a range of subject area’s and modes of study for UK higher education providers. On this website you can search for your closest university.

Need Help? Got Any Questions? [email protected]

Freephone 0800 8815115

Childline is a free, private and confidential, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years.
Call 0800 1111 or visit

NHS advice
If you are feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, please call the NHS service free of charge from any phone.
Call 111 or visit

A multi-award winning cyberbullying non-profit support organisation for young people experienced cyberbullying.
Call 0845 6887277 or visit

To offer a listening service for those going through a personal crisis and want to talk about their despair or suicidal feelings.
Call 0845 790 9090 (24 hours) or visit

Crisis Helpline
Emergency support team covering Colchester & Tendring.
Mental health and Wellbeing.
Call 0845 038 0800 (24 hours)