Statutory Information and Policies

RB-Reading – Registered charity number 1136446

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:

  • 100% 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.

  • “Our daughter loves Red Balloon. In her own words “this school has changed my life”. It’s great to see her enjoying school again. In an ideal world there would be a Red Balloon in every town.”

    From the Red Balloon Reading Centre

  • “For the first time in her life, our daughter wants to go to school. The staff are great, and support her when she struggles to cope.”

    From the Red Balloon Reading Centre

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RB-Reading was last inspected by the Independent Schools Report (ISI) in 2017. The inspectors found RB-Reading to be fully compliant in every category. RB Reading had a full Compliance and Quality Inspection 4th-6th February 2020 where the Centre was classified as Good.

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