Meet the Team

With over 25 years experience in education settings, ranging from mainstream and SEN schools to charity based youth development programmes our expertise enables us to engage and achieve positive outcomes for some of the most challenging, hard to reach and vulnerable learners. Course tutors are highly trained behaviour management specialists with extensive knowledge and experience in delivering alternative educational provision to all young people.

Chris Black (BA Hons)

Head of Centre

Chris is a qualified Teacher with over 15 years experience in education.He is an advocate for educational equality and has worked in both mainstream and SEN schools working with a wide spectrum of young people.

He has a proven track record in raising attainment across a variety of subjects including; English and Maths and also has also delivered; Assessment for Learning and Behaviour Management training.

Danny Cooke (BA Hons)

Programme Lead

Danny is a Qualified Youth and Community worker who has been working with young people in alternative settings for the last 12 years. Danny specialises in planning, implementing and delivering personal development programmes to at risk young people aged 13-19.

Danny has spent time working in SEN schools and has been involved in delivering in-house and external behaviour management training. Danny has also worked delivering therapeutic interventions to young people with a variety of needs.

Philip Murray (BA Hons)

Inclusion Manager

Philip is a BA Hons Playwork graduate who has worked with children and young people across a variety of settings over the past 13 years. He has ran Outreach projects in in economically deprived areas across the North West and was director of Rock School for over 3 years which taught and mentored young people aged 11-17 through music courses.

Philip has worked in a variety of roles within Wirral secondary schools and particualarly excelled in working with young people who struggle to engage in their education setting. Philip is an active Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Leader and current trustee & volunteer at local mental health Charity ‘The Open Door Centre’.


The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Creative Media Production is a qualification within a suite of BTECs in the Engineering sector. It is broadly equivalent in size to one GCSE.

This qualification provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of Creative Media. Students undertake a range of units including animation, audio and video production, digital video editing and digital photography.

Studying this qualification will help students:
achieve a nationally recognised Level 1/2 vocationally qualification
progress to related post-16 programmes and employment
gain practical experience in working with infants and children

Get in touch

If you are interested in enrolling a young person on one of our courses, please download and complete the referral form and email to or return by post.

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Where We Are

40 Thorsway, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 1NW