Red Balloon - Cambridge has been growing and thriving for 18 years. We have 15 students who travel every morning from across Cambridgeshire and beyond. They are a diverse group of young people with a range of aspirations and a variety of histories. Nonetheless there is a real sense of community between them and, indeed, between the students and the staff and volunteers who are here to support them.
The students are united by the fact that they have had significant struggles in the past but are now in a place where they feel safe and are beginning to feel successful, happier and more resilient. Each student has a bespoke timetable, sometimes working in one-to-one lessons and other times as part of a group. Walking around our homely centre you come across students cooking, learning to play the piano, re-enacting Macbeth, dissecting lambs’ hearts, conjugating verbs and grappling with quadratic equations!
We offer a very broad curriculum and strive to make sure that it is stimulating and relevant to the young people we work with and also meets their future needs. We organise trips and visits throughout the year ranging from short walks to local shops and museums to longer trips to London and an annual outward-bound adventure in the Lake District. We also work closely with our students’ families where this is needed and liaise with the other agencies involved in their lives. Once a student is ready to return to school or to move on to further education we support them through this process.
Our students make impressive progress - both academically and in terms of well-being - taking one tiny step after another, towards the brighter, stronger futures that they all deserve.
Red Balloon – Cambridge was last inspected in November 2015. The report can be found at:
Trustees review policies annually - the chair of trustees signs a policy list (held in the centre office) to indicate that this has been carried out. Names of 'responsible staff' (eg examinations officer, fire officer) as required within policies are also available from the centre office.
If we receive a referral for a student with English as a second language, we will seek support from the pertinent Local Authority.
Address Red Balloon - Cambridge, Herbert House, 57 Warkworth Terrace, Cambridge CB1 1EE
Telephone 01223 357714
Proprietor Dr Caroline Herbert MBE
Chair of Trustees Mike Frankl
Telephone 01223 366052
Number of official complaints received - 0