RB-Cambridge – Registered charity number 1175826

Performance outcomes

At Red Balloon, our programme has been designed to re-integrate students into a learning environment, with an emphasis on reducing social isolation, building self-esteem, and reigniting academic ambitions.

We support a diverse group of young people, many of whom have been out of education for months, or even years. Having missed extensive periods of schooling, many of our students understandably have levels of attainment that are well below the national average of their peers. Additionally, a high proportion of our students have special educational needs, and it is for these reasons we believe academic attainment should not be the sole indicator of their performance.

We therefore:

  • monitor students personal development through readiness to learn
  • record student progress in core subjects in KS3
  • record student progress in external examinations
  • record percentage of students moving from RB into appropriate next placements

Ongoingly seek soft data in terms of feedback from students, parents and other involved agencies in terms of our perfomance.

Our aims for our students

The aims of the Red Balloon Learner Centre Cambridge are to:

  • provide full-time appropriate provision for vulnerable students unable to attend school, either as a result of severe bullying or other trauma;
  • raise the self-esteem of our students;
  • build confidence of our students;
  • improve student attendance;
  • enable students to make academic progress;
  • help students identify and prepare for the next stage of their educational career;
  • provide opportunities for students to engage with the community.

  • “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 (Nov 2021, excluding One Step Beyond): 32

Percentage of students with EHC plans (Nov 2021): 91%

Progress at KS3 (studying at or above expected rate of progression) Summer 2021:

Maths: 37.5%

English: 25%

Science: 50%

Number of Year 11/11+ leavers: 16

GCSE exams Summer 2021
Number of students who sat GCSE/iGCSE exams: 19

Percentage of 9-4 Grades in core subjects as follows:

Maths: 87%

English: 87%

Science (iGCSE): 100%

Exam performance against predicted grades: 100% students achieved their expected grades

Transition (Summer 2021)

Successful return to mainstream pre-KS5 (where return was aimed for): 0%

Successful transition to further education, training or work post-16: 92%

NEET: 28% (compared to 40% Alternative Provision average)

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 Inspectorate (ISI) in 2018. The inspectors found RB-Cambridge to be fully compliant in every category.

You can see the 2018 report here.

The most recent Quality and Compliance inspection was in 2015. 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 2015 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.

Behaviour for Learning
Bullying and Harassment (Staff)
Data Protection
DBS Check
Dealing with Allegations of Abuse
Equal Opportunities
Equal Opportunities 2 – Staff
Examination Contigency
First Aid
Health and Safety
Non Examination Assessment
Quality Assurance
Risk Assessment
Safeguarding and child protection
Safe Recruitment
Staff Code of Conduct
Staff Disciplinary Policy
Student Wellbeing
Use of Reasonable Force
Whistleblowing (Staff)
Work Placement


Number of official complaints received: 0