Red Balloon NW London Statutory Information and Policies

RB-NW London – Registered charity number 1109947

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.
  • 75% of students increase activities outside the home by 50% after 12 months on the programme (for RBAir students)

  • “Mainstream schools didn't take time out to talk with me about what my problems and insecurities were. But with Red Balloon they were there supporting me from the get go and everything sort of worked around what I was comfortable doing.”

    From the Red Balloon NW London Centre

  • “Red Balloon kept me out all the bad places and they kept me from doing bad stuff I probably would have done without them.”

    From the Red Balloon NW London Centre

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RB-NW London was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012 and by the Independent Schools Report (ISI) in 2021, and re-inspected by the ISI in 2022. Ofsted found RB-NWL to be good in the categories of quality of education and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and to be satisfactory in the category of welfare, health and safety of pupils.

You can see the full ISI reports here (2021), and here (2022).

Annual reports

Until 2020, Annual Reports for the Centre were produced by Red Balloon Educational Trust (at the time called Red Balloon Learner Centre Group) who produced an annual report for the work undertaken across the Red Balloon federation of charities. These 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)
DBS Check
Dealing with Allegations of Abuse
Dealing with Child on Child Abuse
Disability and Discrimination
Equality and Diversity
Exams Contingency Plan
Financial Controls
First Aid
Health and Safety
Non-Examination Assessment
Risk Assessment
Safe Recruitment
Safeguarding NW London
Staff Code of Conduct
Student Wellbeing
Subject Access Request
Use of Reasonable Force
Work Placement


Number of official complaints received: 1