Excluded: Kicked Out From School, from The Open University and BBC Three, goes inside the Bridge AP Academy to meet some of the thousands of children excluded permanently from their schools each year. What happens to them next?
Although it has to deal with a wide range of behavioural problems, the Bridge Academy in West London, one of the country’s largest alternative provision academies, still expects each student to get a minimum of 5 GCSEs. The stakes could not be higher. As exams approach and tensions mount, the children’s behaviour starts to go downhill.
In the third and last programme in the series we follow 16-year-old Thomas, who hates school and learning. He lives for football, and wants to be a football coach, but will the school be able to keep him in a lesson for more than 5 minutes?
Meanwhile for 16-year-old Michael, passing his GCSEs would mean being able to go to college to pursue his love of animals, but will his fear of leaving the school sabotage his future?
Excluded: Kicked Out Of School episode three is first broadcast on BBC Three, 3rd February 2015 at 9pm. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.