Red Balloon Norwich

Headteacher’s welcome

On walking through our door, the first thing you’ll notice is that Red Balloon – Norwich (RB-Norwich) has a real ‘home from home’ atmosphere. You’ll be greeted by a member of staff – and possibly even our Centre dog – who will make you feel instantly welcome. Our Centre has a safe family atmosphere, and learners and staff leave their shoes at the door, popping on their own slippers or walking around in their socks.

You’ll also notice that our learners are enjoying their lessons in very small classes, alongside three or four other students.

There is an air of calm, companionship, and serious learning with fun thrown in!

You might even catch the smell of some delicious home cooking, as our learners and staff all sit together at meal times around tables and chat. There is a great sense of community.

We are close to the City Centre, which means students can also take trips to the museum, castle and other venues to support and expand their learning.

Angela Hewett

About the Centre

RB-Norwich provides a safe and supportive learning environment for up to 40 young people from Norfolk and surrounding counties. Our Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:30 during term time, and students attend full-time or start on a reduced time-table and building up to full time, depending on their needs and abilities.

Students can join RB-Norwich from age 11 to 16, with those already with us able to stay to the maximum age of 17 to complete their GCSEs. Though we have sixth-form aged students with us, we are not able to offer A-levels. The highest level of education we offer is Key Stage 4 (GCSEs and equivalent).

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About Red Balloon

At Red Balloon we judge success and progress for our students against their unique goals. It’s not about getting good grades, we want to see our students grow as individuals and develop the personal skills, social skills and confidence to make their way in the world.

All Red Balloon Centres are based on the three key elements of

to ensure our students get the support they need to thrive. Read more about our Values, ethos and practice.

Negotiated curriculum

All students are given the opportunity to negotiate their curriculum. This means that teachers use topics that students are passionate about – eg horse riding, manga comics, paintball or car racing – and creatively linked them to the curricular subjects to rekindle their interest in learning. Over the course of their time with us, students progress from 1:1 sessions to small group sessions. 50% of our programme is dedicated to well-being support and therapy and students are offered a range of therapeutic support via their mentors.

At the heart of our community is our big communal kitchen and dining room. Here, staff and students come together to eat, celebrate birthdays and other festive occasions, play games or just sit and chat.

See more on What students can expect or Our Values, Ethos and Practice.

Find out more about Red Balloon Norwich

Enrolling with us

We are currently operating a waiting list of one academic year. To enquire about a place and add your child’s name to our waiting list, please contact us on 01603 622288 or For further information see Admissions.

If RB-Norwich is not suitable for you or your child, do take a look at our online provision Red Balloon of the Air.

Our stories

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Contact details

  • 76 Earlham Road ,
    Norwich NR2 3DF
  • 01603 622288
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Safeguarding at Red Balloon Norwich

Red Balloon – Norwich’s lead for safeguarding and child protection:Angela Hewett01603 622288
Designated Safeguarding Person –
Heather Ndaji
Heather Jolly
01603 622288
01603 622288
Red Balloon Group Lead for Safeguarding and Child ProtectionRobert Watson07877 857656


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