Welcome to the The Keystone Academy Website providing excellence
for every learner

A brand new SEN Free School opening in September 2022 for up to 120 pupils aged 4-16 with a range of social, emotional and mental health difficulties.


Youth Engagement Schools Trust is delighted to have been selected to create a new special education provision in Shrewsbury. ‘The Keystone Academy’ will be a new type of education provision to add to the capacity the local authority already offers.

As a trust we are determined to secure excellence for all, and providing world class education and support to those who have previously failed in education, we are able to achieve this by continuously striving for the best; improving, innovating and reflecting. We all aspire to the highest standards of achievement. This includes, but is not limited to; educational accomplishment; the incredible passion that young people develop for learning; values; and inter-personal skills so that they can contribute positively to local and global communities.

Our Vision for The Keystone Academy is to work constantly to provide excellence for every student. With a highly-trained, specialised team, we will support the entire cohort’s needs, particularly focusing on those students with specialist neurodiversity needs; with an aspirational environment to recapture an often lost passion for learning and creativity we hope to capture new found curiosity and imagination to help all become the best versions of themselves.

‘Keystone’ represents far more than just a name for a school.  It neatly summarises our vision for the Academy, and expresses the ethos for education we strive to provide; being the centre support mechanism for our learners underpinned with an ethos focused on positive achievement and success at every stage. We will strive to provide a child centred approach to learning boosting core literacy, numeracy and life skills; while developing their personal, social and emotional skills; Leading to high quality academic and vocational achievement and positive post-16 destinations.

Nic Brindle – CEO


I am delighted to be the Headteacher for The Keystone Academy and am pleased to welcome you to our website.  I hope you are able to find the information you need right here but if not, we would be more than happy to answer any further questions you might have.

We are a brand-new specialist school based in Shrewsbury, catering for young people aged between 4-16 in the Shropshire area.  We are excited to open our doors for the first time in September 2022 in our temporary building, while our purpose-built school is being completed.

Our specialism in social, emotional and mental health needs and in particular neurodivergence, means our staff team will be highly skilled and able to adapt, providing personalised education, support and care for all learners.  We are passionate about preparing young people with the skills for life and will support everyone to achieve their very best socially, emotionally and academically.  We will always work collaboratively with families and agencies to achieve this.

We value the uniqueness of all.

Best wishes.

Ali Bellaby


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