A new therapeutic learning provision is set to open for students struggling to fit into mainstream education.

Sarah Mumford-Khan, 39, will run a new therapeutic provision called ‘N-Able’ - which aims to provide a ‘home from home’ learning environment for those students who suffer with high anxiety and stress levels, mental health issues, behavioural problems or psychological and emotional issues and those who find the social pressures difficult to manage at school.

N-Able will take place on the top floor of a new three-storey building along the Bath Road and will run from 10-2pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with a focus on English and Maths for children aged 11-25.

Sarah, who is also director of Kip McGrath Education Centre Worcester North and Worcester South, said: “As a qualified foster carer I have completed extensive training in understanding attachments and trauma in children, and having seen over 600 students come through the doors at Kip McGrath during the last 4 and a half years, I have been made aware of a real need to provide an alternative learning environment for some of our children in this city.

“I am looking to support Worcestershire’s Looked After Children in the care system, including adopted children, those with special guardianships and children who are in foster care.”

“There are many children who are struggling to settle in the mainstream environment and attending school each day becomes a huge battle for both them and their parents.

“These children are very capable and have the ability to achieve GCSE’s but are unable to learn in the environment they’re in due to social and emotional struggles,” she added.

Sarah aims to continue support once these students finish their GCSEs and move on into adult life, independent living, college and university.

Sarah said, “I want N-Able to offer practical support to these students that is ongoing after they have finished school.

“This would be to offer a service with form filling, applications, job interviews, uniforms, provide transport for their belongings and ultimately to set them up with host families for when they come back from university.

“I want N-Able and our staff to be the advocates for these children that often feel like they have no one else.”

Sarah said she hoped pupils may be able to fund the places using money received by schools, care homes or adoptive parents.