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Spark is our Loughton based youth project (formerly known as Grace Academy). Spark aims to provide young people with a nurturing and supportive environment where they can develop life and learning skills, and prepare them for the world beyond compulsory school.


Started in November 2009, the centre originally offered primarily an alternative education service to schools in the area, targeting in particular young people who are having significant difficulties attending mainstream school.


Spark’s provision now includes a mentoring scheme and post 16 support and guidance as well as continuing to provide an alternative education programme to local secondary schools.

Developed out of needs identified in a local church based youth group, the centre is mainly funded through service level agreements with schools, but also relies on volunteers, fundraising and local community support.


Spark Education

Spark education is an alternative education centre established to provide extra support for young people who are struggling in mainstream education. We provide unique one to one support for students in Year 9-11. We deliver various courses including COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) and ASDAN English and Maths. We also continue to support students in their ongoing GCSE and school studies.


Spark Mentoring

Spark Mentoring is an exciting initiative aimed at young people from age 11-19 who may be having difficulties in school or college. We seek to encourage and instil aspirations through our targeted one to one mentoring scheme. We want to challenge young people to become the best that they can be and reach their full potential, whether that be in education, training or work.


Spark Post 16

Spark Post 16 targets 16-19 year olds in the local area who are not currently in education, employment or training. We support young people who have struggled since leaving full time education. We provide drop-in sessions throughout the week for young people to develop employment skills and look for training or work opportunities.


We are always on the look out for volunteers to support young people aged 14-16 who are attending Spark as an alternative to mainstream secondary school. You will be working with small groups of a maximum 7 students together with experienced and qualified Youth Workers. You can volunteer for a half day (9.30am - 12 midday or 12.30pm - 2pm) or a full day (9.30am - 2pm).


We are looking for volunteers to support us 1 day per week between Monday and Friday and to be able to commit to at least 1 academic term.


Contact our administrator, Victoria for more information (contact details below)







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Alternative Education Project



Post-16 Guidance and Support


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Contact details

Adele Rogers
Development Worker

Loughton Youth Centre
106 Borders Lane 
IG10 3SB 

Tel: 020 8508 6743

E-mail: [email protected]

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