FACE Youth Therapeutic School


The FACE Youth Therapeutic School is a small School in Merton for Students in Years 7 - 11, who work better when being taught on their own for most of the time, rather than in a small class. Since 1999, FACE Youth have been making a difference for young people with Emotional, Social and Mental Health difficulties (previously referred to as behavioural, emotional and social difficulties). With a team of expert teachers, counsellors and mentors, we provide alternative education in our specialised Therapeutic School.

We have a high success rate at re-integration into mainstream education, either into secondary schools or post-16 colleges. We do this by providing a caring and encouraging environment, to help young people to manage their feelings and achieve their full potential.

The Founder and Headteacher of the School recently asked Cressey if we would be prepared to take over the management of FACE Youth, from September 2017; and this has now happened. The FACE Youth Therapeutic School will remain a separate School to Cressey; but Cressey is now responsible for it, and we manage the admissions process.

Ofsted Report

You can find FACE Youth's Ofsted report here: http://faceyouth.org.uk/ofsted

Emotional Support, Mentoring and Counselling

At FACE Youth, our aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people with emotional, social and mental health needs by providing a comprehensive service that addresses their educational and emotional wellbeing. Learning is a complex issue. FACE Youth recognises that in order for our students to engage fully in releasing their potential to being successful learners, we have to take into consideration many other facets of their development. For more details please click here.

Curriculum Approach and Qualifications

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, building on the skills and interests and needs of each individual student. We are aware that past educational experiences have not always been successful for our students. With a focus on the individual, we aim to foster a love of learning, provide opportunities to imbed skills that will impact on lifelong learning, and ensure that each student achieves appropriate qualifications or appropriate learning to facilitate smooth transition back to mainstream education. We offer a range of qualifications to meet each Student's needs, from GCSEs to Functional Skills to E-Learning qualifications.

Positive Management of Behaviour

While attending FACE Youth we expect our students to respect themselves, each other, the staff and the School. Our aim is always to encourage and affirm good behaviour through a system of respect and rewards. For more details please click here.

Term Dates and Daily Timings

For the school term dates, and details of the daily schedule, please click here.

School Policies

The school has a comprehensive range of policies relating to all aspects of school life. Our policies can be viewed by at the FACE Youth website at this link.  All School Policies can also be provided upon request, through the School Office.

For more details about FACE Youth

More details are available at FACE Youth's own website - please click here.

Place availability (as at Mar 2018)

There are currently no vacancies at FACE Youth. However there will be more places available in September 2018, for students in Years 7-8. FACE Youth is in S Wimbledon, and is part of the Cressey Schools Group; it is managed by Cressey and the admissions process is via Cressey. 

Admissions enquiries

For more details on place availability, please call John Herring on 07474 145 445. 

Attendance Criteria

We succeed where other schools have been unable to, with the very same students. We will consider admission for young people:

  • with social, emotional, attachment and mental health difficulties
  • with additional complex needs including ASD, Aspergers,  PDA, PDD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety, Conduct Disorder, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Global Delay, Tourettes, Tics,  and others
  • who need nurturing and have low self-esteem
  • with learning difficulties
  • who display challenging behaviour
  • who have attention and concentration difficulties
  • who have speech and language difficulties
  • who have sensory difficulties
  • who have literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • who display inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • who have been known to abuse drugs / solvents
  • who have been excluded from mainstream education
  • who have a history of criminal activity
  • who need 1:1 staff support