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School Information

KS4 long-term placements

Horizons Academy works with mainstream schools to help reduce permanent exclusions within the London Borough of Bexley. We aim to present alternative options to our partners schools, whilst working collaboratively to develop personalised plans to support pupils who fall into the 'at risk' category. These  are known as long-term/Alternative to permanent exclusion placements and these pupils remained dual-registered with their mainstream school.

To make a referral for a KS4 long-term placement each school must complete a referral form providing evidence that a  graduated approach has been taken to support pupils in school, a risk assessment and a Boxall profile and send these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than the Thursday before each Horizons referral panel which takes place fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon. More details can be found by clicking on the 'Referrals to Horizons Academy Bexley' tab on the Horizons Academy Bexley website.

If a pupil is offered a KS4 long term placement than the parent/carer of the child will be contacted to arrange a ‘Pre-admission’ meeting by the Head of Student Experience at Horizons Academy.

KS4 6th day provision

We understand that sometimes pupils will be permanently excluded from their mainstream school. When this happens we offer a placement for a pupil on the 6th day after their permanent exclusion from school on a singlie-registration basis.

Where a Year 10 pupil has been permanently excluded from school than we will present them at Fair Access Panel (FAP) so that they can return to mainstream education. These pupils remain on single-registration until they come off our roll.

Where a Year 11 pupil has been permanently excluded from school than they will remain at Horizons Academy Bexley for the remainder of the academic year on a single-registration basis.


Whilst attending Horizons Academy Bexley pupils will have access to a broad and balanaced curriculum as highlighted below.

All of our students have access to the following core curriculum:

  • English (GCSE and Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2)
  • Maths (GCSE and Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2)
  • ICT (Functional Skills Levels 1)
  • Biology (GCSE)

The majority of our students are able to access options in a further 3/4 courses which enables them to achieve a potential accreditation outcome of 7-8 qualifications during their time with us. We review our options annually to ensure these match to student interests and abilities. Options may include:

  • Art (GCSE)
  • Sport (BTEC/Sports Leaders)
  • Food and Nutrition (Level 2 / Home Cooking Skills Levels 1 and 2)
  • Contruction (City and Guilds Level 1)
  • Health and Social Care (Level 1/2)
  • Hair and Beauty

Our Key Stage 4 provision is not an easy or less valuable option, but in some cases a more bespoke and tailored programme of learning and support which provides a sound platform for future success. We also encourage all of our Key Stage 4 learners to access a number of short, employability preparation courses on line which offer accreditation in Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and other work-based skills.

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Mr. S. Sheaf
Head of Keystage 4