Acorn Free School opened in September 2013 on a newly refurbished site on Calder Road, Lincoln.

Pupils attend Acorn Free School, whilst remaining dual registered with their mainstream setting.  Children typically split their time between Acorn and their mainstream schools for an initial period of 6-12 weeks, before being integrated back into mainstream education. In this way, we help them avoid the risk of exclusion, support behaviour change, fulfil their potential and raise standards of achievement. This includes targeting pupils for possible careers, thereby making education real and valuable to them.  A small number of pupils remain with us throughout their final year of education and working in partnership with their mainstream school they maintain their curriculum work and complete exams back in their own school

A further key feature of our approach is our outreach activity – working with children in their own schools rather than at the Acorn Free School site.  This provision extends to primary aged pupils and in this way we can help support schools, children and parents who are experiencing difficulties with behaviour change and emotional worries.

What others say about us

‘Being offered the opportunity to work in partnership with Acorn has greatly improved the outcomes of our young people.’

St Peter & St Paul’s Catholic School

Acorn school stepped in when we were absolutely at our wits end.  They kept a student in education when nobody else could in a positive and very caring school.  Jerry and his team clearly took time to work closely with this student to build up her trust.  I am eternally grateful for they support they provided in a time of crisis

Walton Girls High School

“We are very satisfied with the outreach support we receive for students and plan to use the staff’s expertise further in delivering INSET.’

John Spendluffe Technology College

‘Thank you for the incredibly powerful assemblies which you delivered to our pupils and for the time you spent with them as individuals.  There was a real buzz about the place after you left, with many pupils talking about what they had gained from the day.’

Sir William Robertson Academy

“My daughter is much more mature and her behaviour is positively different. She received immense support all round from Jerry and all the staff at Acorn. Lauren really enjoyed attending and getting the help she needed. “

Vicky Robinson, talking about her daughter