Red Balloon Educational Trust – Norfolk Statutory Information and Policies

RBET – Norfolk is part of Red Balloon Educational Trust – Registered charity number 1109606.

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;

… and ongoingly seek soft data in terms of feedback from students, parents and other involved agencies in terms of our performance.

Our aims for our students

The aims of the Red Balloon Educational Trust – Norfolk are to:

  • make appropriate provision (usually full time, but possibly part time in the early part of a student’s time at the Centre) 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.

  • “I really value the approach ability and flexibility. The teachers are easy to approach and the lessons can be tailored to help the students more since the class sizes aren't so huge they can be individualized. ”

    From the Red Balloon of the Air Centre
    In Red Balloon of the Air

  • “Red Balloon has helped me regain my confidence and feel so much better about myself.”

    From the Red Balloon of the Air Centre

  • “Josh has learned he can trust the staff who have been so supportive; they have built his resilience and confidence hugely, both at the Centre and with life in general.”

    From the Red Balloon Worthing Centre

View all testimonials


RBET – Norfolk had its opening inspection in November 2023.

Nov 2023 school pre-registration inspection report


Annual reports

Red Balloon Educational Trust produces an annual report for the work undertaken across the Trust, including RBAir, Red Balloon Worthing, RBET – Norfolk and Central Services. 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’ (eg Examinations Officer) as required within policies are also available from the Centre office.

Behaviour for Learning
Bullying and Harassment (Staff)
Data Protection
Dealing with Allegations of Abuse
Disability and Discrimination
English as an Additional Language
Equality and Diversity
Exams Contingency
Examinations Complaints/Appeals
First Aid
Health and Safety
Low-Level Concerns
Non-Examination Assessment
Relationship and Sex Education
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safe Recruitment
Staff Code of Conduct
Student Wellbeing Policy
Use of Reasonable Force
Whistleblowing (Staff)
Work Placement


Key Centre information

Address 76 Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 3DF
Telephone number 01223 366052
Name of Headteacher Sarah Saunders
Proprietor Red Balloon Educational Trust

Willow Lodge, 37 High Street, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6DF

01223 366052

Chair of the governing board Carrie Herbert
DfE number926/6036

Number of official complaints received: 0

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