Statutory information and policies

RB-Cambridge – Registered charity number 1175826

Performance outcomes

Our programme is designed to reduce students’ social isolation, build their confidence and get them back on an academic track, raising their ambitions and interest in learning.

We support a very diverse group of you people, many of whom have been out of education for several months or years. When our students join us, they have missed extensive periods of schooling. Accordingly, their attainment levels are usually well below the national average for their age. We also have a high proportion of students with special educational needs – in 2017/18, 81% of our students had special educational needs. It is therefore important to view performance not just in terms of academic attainment.

Our targets for our students

We continually monitor the quality of our provision. We aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • 80% of students improve attendance from 0% at their previous school to over 70% at Red Balloon after 12 months on the programme.
  • 85% of students return or transition to appropriate mainstream or alternative education or further education, training or work.
  • 90% of eligible students (Years 10 and 11) sit exams and obtain qualifications.

  • “It's a place where I feel comfortable and where I can go at my own pace, I can focus on socialising and on my education comfortably.”

    From the Red Balloon Cambridge Centre

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Figures at RB-Cambridge

Number of students supported: 18 (TBC)
Percentage of students with EHC plans: 81%
Attendance above 90%: 33%
Attendance above 70%: 66%
Progress at KS3 (studying at or above expected rate of progression)
Maths: 0%
English: 100%
Science: 50%
Number of Year 11 leavers: 5


GCSE exams

Number of students who sat GCSE exams: 5
Percentage of students achieving five or more good passes (4-9) including in Maths and English: 0%
Percentage of students achieving good passes in Maths: 0%
Percentage of students achieving good passes in English: 40%
Exam performance against predicted grades: 67% students achieved higher or met their expected grades (11% achieved higher; 66% met their expected grades)



Successful return to mainstream pre-KS5 (where return was aimed for): 0%
Successful transition to further education, training or work post-16: 72%
NEET: 28% (compared to 40% Alternative Provision average)
Percentage of 2017 leavers still in placement: 83% (5 out of 6)

Parents may have access to academic performance outcomes on request to the Centre, including results from any public examinations.


RB-Cambridge was last inspected by the Independent Schools Report (ISI) in 2015. The inspectors found RB-Cambridge to be fully compliant and excellent in every category. Pupils’ achievement was judged to be excellent and teaching highly effective, pupils’ personal development and behaviour was judged to be excellent as well as leadership and management.

You can see the full report here.

Annual reports

Red Balloon Learner Centre Group produces an annual report for the work undertaken across the Red Balloon federation of charities. Our most recent reports are available below.



Policies are reviewed annually by the Centre trustees. 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’ (e.g. Examinations Officer) as required within policies are also available from the Centre office. Our full list of policies is available here.

Number of official complaints received: 0