Approved Outdoor Activity Provider in -
Accrington & Rossendale
At TAS, we have the ﬂexibility to deliver a wide
range of activity / creative projects and workshops to
schools, community organisations and youth
Courses accredited through Edexcel, Trinity College
and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
When do we work?
Daytime, evenings, weekends and school holidays.
An alternative approach to education
What is The Alternative School?
Now in our fourth year, The Alternative School (known as TAS) was set
up to offer alternative education for those young people who are not
making progress within a school environment.
We are different because we are able to offer a totally unique and
ﬂexible programme that is tailored around the speciﬁc needs of each
individual young person.
Young people are referred to TAS from a variety of places including
local schools,Y.P.S., PRU’s, Police,Youth Offending Team, Social Services,
Family Support and often self referral from friends or other young
people that they know. Each young person referred to TAS will work to
a timetable that has been designed around them, has also been designed
with their input and is 100% personal to that young person. The
timetable will vary greatly for each young person and will include a high
percentage of one-to-one work with additional team projects and
activities to help build conﬁdence, team working and social skills.
Each young person will have the opportunity to build their own
portfolio, partake in both indoor and outdoor activities and achieve
qualiﬁcations and certiﬁcates that are relevant to them.
At TAS we aim to take a more holistic approach and support both the
personal and educational needs of young people, helping them to
overcome a wide range of barriers and develop themselves into well
rounded young individuals.
Attending FULL-TIME at TAS
Individual timetable to suit the young
1:1 support, advice and career guidance
TAS Curriculum Modules (Maximum class size of 4)
Literacy / Numeracy / ICT or G.C.S.E.`s (Edexcel
1 Full day of sport / BTEC accredited
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bronze or Silver
College visits, taster days and voluntary work
Counselling Sessions, 1:1 Mentors,Y.P.S. Personal Advisor
TAS Adventurous Activity Programme (AQA Accredited)
Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Caving, Mountain
Biking, Street Dance, Fishing, Raft Building, Rock Climbing,
Gorge Scrambling, Football Skills, ‘DJ’ing and Kick Boxing.
Pupils obtain at least 3 qualiﬁcations + portfolio of work,
and positive progression onto F.E.
Attending PART-Time at TAS
Support school studies
Ideal as a stand alone programme or part of a reintegration
package back into school, available for years 9, 10 and 11
1:1 support with class work / homework
Gain additional qualiﬁcations
Conﬁdence & Self Esteem building
TAS Adventurous Activities programme
Counselling, Bullying, Mediation work-shops
Peer Mentoring Programme
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
TAS Adventurous Activities
Ideal for a group of pupils requiring an additional
qualiﬁcation and motivational support
Can be booked for a speciﬁc group for a speciﬁc term
Collection and Drop off in TAS minibus
TAS Qualiﬁed Staff Ratio 1:4 pupils
Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch
Accredited Qualiﬁcation (AQA / Sports Leaders Award, D of E)
Portfolio of work & evidence
Activities available as an introduction course or can be booked by each
activity leading to progression in that area.
(Schemes of work and lesson plans available)
Safer Cycling Course
Mountain Bike Leadership
Rock Climbing (inside and out )
Walking (Geocache Trails)
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award
Why not add the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or GOLD Award to your C.V.?
Available as an After School Club, during School as part of a Personal Development programme, during Summer Holidays, Weekends or Evenings – please ask if you have an
idea for your group of young people.
Bronze Award min of 13 yrs. + approx. 9 months to complete
Silver Award min of 13 yrs. + approx. 12 months to complete
Gold Award min of 16 yrs + approx. 18 months to complete
All young people completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award will receive a certiﬁcate for each section completed, a framed ﬁnal certiﬁcate, photographic evidence for their
portfolio, Duke of Edinburgh badge, portfolio of work and will be invited to a presentation evening.
TAS Family Activities and Camping
Activity days with the aim of building
and improving family relationships
All activities planned with speciﬁc aims and objectives
to meet the individual needs / requirements of each
Initial assessment meeting and getting to know one
another (family & instructors)
Can be organised as a one day course, or series of
Conﬁdence building, team work, self esteem activities /
Can be booked for groups or individual families
Collection and Drop off in a minibus
TAS staff + AALA accredited activity instructor
Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch professional
photo, summary of the day, suggestions for how to
continue to build and improve family relationships
Indoor and Outdoor activities / camping available
1:1 Tutoring / Study Support
Why not excel in your school work or try
1:1 support with homework
Help with Maths & English
Gain an additional qualiﬁcation as well as your chosen
Prepare a professional C.V. and apply for part-time jobs
Access to I.C.T. and learn new skills
Write and produce a mini ﬁlm with your friends
Learn how to set up your own business
Mountain Bike Leadership & Safer Cycling
Speciﬁc course written to encourage cycling for all ages,
groups of friends, families etc.
Options available -
Bike maintenance course using own bike (AQA
Help with obtaining funding / sourcing second hand bikes
Bike ability course (Cycling Proﬁciency) (accredited)
Mountain Bike leadership course (accredited)
The above to include bike hire, helmets, transport to and
from different mountain bike tracks / locations
delivered to groups
E.g. Grafﬁti Art, Mosaics, Face Painting, Pottery Painting,
Glass Painting, T Shirt Design, Kite Making, Jewellery
Making, Henna Tattoos, Knitted Bags, Candle making +
“ TAS helped me to sort my life out and get
me back on track, I don`t know where I
would be without them.”
(pupil, 2009/10 – now mentoring at TAS)
What else did we do at TAS?
Film Production, Camping, Street dance, City Visits, Pottery, Volunteering,
Football Coaching, Graffiti Art, Photography, Professional Photo Shoot, Fashion
Project, Informative Work-shops, Independence Skills
We learnt how to feel good about ourselves, be confident
and had FUN doing it.