RISE Learning Zone

Therapeutic Education

Founded in 2015, RISE is a not-for-profit education organisation for Nottingham based in a hectare of woodland on the outskirts of the city. RISE was established to accommodate a small number of vulnerable learners on their education journey away from mainstream schools, and providing educational opportunities for some who may one day return. Recognising that the best learning happens within a responsive and nurturing community, the organisation provides learners with an experience centred on our natural environment and our therapeutic approach.

At our secluded site on the outskirts of Nottingham, a sanctuary set in a hectare of woodland, we are building our programme around social, developmental and therapeutic aspects of learning, often site-specific: understanding the environment; aspiring to sustainable living both personally and in community; and growing, cooking & eating together. Currently we are offering fifteen places per day for young learners unable to access mainstream education for various reasons; further programmes offer formal and informal education around our core interests for the wider community including life-long learning, personal development and capacity building.


Learner Admissions

RISE offers an alternative education programme with part-time and full-time places for key stage 3 & 4 learners who are not in mainstream schools. We are currently offering 15 places per day, providing a full and varied curriculum including functional skills, vocational studies, personal development and environmental studies with qualifications from EL-2 to Level 2, depending on subject.

Admissions must be made by referral from the local authority, home schools, or through Social Care and associated agencies - parents are not able to refer their own children, although are welcome to discuss places with us.

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Volunteer with us

People from all walks of life volunteer with RISE for a variety of reasons. Whether as a step back into work after time out, to gain valuable experience or just to give something back, we can always find a place for people who want to support our programme: we are lucky to have a group of amazing volunteers who are vital to all that we do.

We have a strong track record of making volunteer places work for people, with a welcoming team ethic and supporting the development of their particular interests or careers. Volunteers often stay with us for the long term, with five volunteers part of the founder membership of the organisation and a number of volunteers moving into paid work with us when circumstances allowed. Others have used our provision as a stepping stone to college and careers elsewhere and we will always help to facilitate this.

If you are interested in volunteering with RISE, please contact Fiona Bourne by email.

Study with us

We routinely provide for students and educators to take placements with us, and can accommodate a range of roles and responsibilities for prospective placements. Please contact Fiona Bourne for an informal discussion on our placement scheme.

Our goal is to provide life-long learning opportunities in our communities, as we build our funding and resources. Check back here or contact us for more details as programmes are developed.


Friends & Supporters

Donations make a considerable contribution to our efforts in sustaining a nurturing and therapeutic learning environment for vulnerable disadvantaged young people.
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We extend our sincere thanks to the following individuals & organisations who have supported RISE Learning Zone: