Social Impact

We are a Social business and pride ourselves in supporting social mobility and improving the prospects of our town.

Many of our students have complex dynamics such as issues with peer groups or within a mainstream school, some young people are from within the care system. We work with all our students, if required, in liaising with anti social behaviour/young offenders officers, access sexual health services and emotional and mental health issues.

Improved vocational aspirations by gaining entry level or Beauty Guild certificates and experience within a salon environment (all students achieved a recognised qualification last year) allowing progression to post 16 education.

Supported emotional, health and well-being

Improved attendance, behaviour and attitude to education

Our Outcomes

  • Students gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to raise aspirations
  • The borough is supported through an effective alternative provision that reduces overall exclusions and works with mainstream schools to improve overall outcomes.
  • Reduce the number of NEETS
  • Less reliance on public services, social services, police and health care systems as the young people have an education package which supports and encourages success.

What do our students say?


“I am a student at Cirque, I have been for the past 2 years and currently in my 3rd year. Mainstream school just wasn’t the right fit for me and the strict rules, 30+ student classes and overwhelming punishments made it no easier alongside my behavioural issues and anxiety. I wasn’t a very well-behaved child and was told I would never amount to anything if I didn’t become a better student. I am now 3 years on and have 10 qualifications in the beauty industry, I have learned so many new skills and met lots of new friends and I get the support I need from Vanessa and Stuart whenever I need it. I feel as though I can go to them about anything no matter how personal and they will always go the extra mile to make sure I’m comfortable and happy. I can’t imagine where I would be if I was still in mainstream school, but I do know I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am now and I’m just glad all that changed when I came to Cirque.”