Chair of Governors – Leon Winston

Proprietor – Melanie Walker

Head of Alternative Education – Brett Rowson

Newton Abbot


“Chances” is the recognised and trusted name for Alternative Education Services in Devon.

At Chances we help young people, who are disengaging with their education, to learn the skills they require so that they can thrive in mainstream education.

Our aim is to improve a young person’s behaviour, attendance and achievement from poor to outstanding over the short period of time that they attend. We aim to achieve this through a mixture of quality youth work, care and teaching. The guidance and support put in place for the students is exceptional and very well matched to their individual needs.

We deliver our services from 2 purpose-built youth centres in South Devon (Newton Abbot and Dawlish) and schools from the South Hams, Exeter and West Devon refer into our services. We have been established for nearly 15 years, built up a trusted reputation and always strive for the best outcomes for young people and our partner schools. Check out our different options for support below.

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At a glance

At a glance

Our 6 week package is our standard package that aims to give young people a break from mainstream education, in order to focus on their behaviour. We will work intensively with the young people so that by the end of 6 weeks we will be aiming to reintegrate them back to their school, supporting them all the way.

A Bespoke package can be suited to any specific needs of the young person, the school, or the parents/carers. The package will be tailored around the needs of the young person, the needs of the school, and any needs or requests from the parent/carers.

The outreach package is based around supporting young people in their mainstream schools. By sending a staff member to support the young person in lesson, they can observe and support them without removing them from the environment they need to be able to thrive in.

Contact us with any questions you may have but also check out our FAQ

How do I make a complaint?2018-06-13T19:55:27+00:00

We are proud to say that we have had zero complaints in the academic year from Sept 17/18, however, you are free to read our complaints policy here or contact chances@spacepsm.org to connect to a member of staff in confidence and start our complaints procedure.

Can I refer my own child to Chances?2018-03-07T11:31:06+00:00

No, we can only accept referrals from schools.

What time does Chances start/finish?2017-06-19T10:26:31+00:00

Chances starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm.

What is a Key worker?2017-06-01T12:47:13+00:00

A key worker is the staff member that works on a 1-2-1 basis with your young person. They will meet with your young person on a regular basis to determine how they are doing, whether or not they have any concerns and so on. Once your young person begins reintegrating back into mainstream school, the key worker will support them in this transition.

What is reintegration?2017-06-19T09:52:03+00:00

Reintegration is a student’s transition from Chances back to their school. The speed of a reintegration will be decided in a reintegration meeting.

What kind of work does chances provide?2017-06-01T12:46:45+00:00

We ask for schools to send us work for the students that they refer to us. During times where no work is provided, we will assign our own work which is tailored to the student’s academic ability.

Do i need to fill out a referral form for outreach?2017-06-01T12:46:45+00:00

Yes. We require a referral form before we can begin any form of engagement with a young person.

How much does _______ cost?2017-06-01T12:46:45+00:00

Please contact us to enquire about any costs.

Do year 11 students on our roll have to come back to us for exams?2017-06-01T12:46:45+00:00

depending on the student, they can either attend an exam back at their mainstream school or attend their exam with us.

What do i need to wear to Chances?2017-06-01T12:45:56+00:00

We ask that you wear the correct uniform that your school asks you to wear. If you are not sure on what this is exactly, please ask and we will let you know.

Will I still get free school meals while at Chances?2017-06-19T10:28:29+00:00

Yes. If you receive free school meals from your mainstream school then you will still receive them at Chances.

Can I take my mobile phone to school?2017-06-01T12:45:56+00:00

Yes. However, they are not allowed in lesson and must be handed in at the start of every lesson. They will be handed back to you at the end.

I am vegetarian/Vegan/have a special dietary requirement?2017-06-01T12:45:56+00:00

Both the canteens we order our food from can cater to anyone’s particular dietary needs. Make sure you mention this to whoever is ordering the food and we will ask for you.

  • A ‘pause button’ to help young people reflect

  • Teachers provide educational stability

  • Youth workers provide holistic support

  • Full participation in multi-agency meetings

  • Over 15 schools use us regularly

Read our policies
Complete our referral form
Download our Outreach referral form
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Students per year


YP referred for support


“Chances has been very accommodating towards my child’s wide range of needs, from supplying vegan food to supporting his mental health recovery”


“The staff at Chances take the time to get to know you as a person and dont see you as just another student. My key worker helped me to get past issues i was having with other people and supported me when i made mistakes”


“The outreach package is invaluable to schools; being able to bring 121 support into the lessons is a big help”


Meet the team

Brett Rowson
Brett RowsonHead of Alternative Education: Designated Safeguarding, CSE and Prevent Officer for Chances: Newton Abbot and Dawlish
Gary Hayes
Gary HayesHead of Education and Designated Teacher for Children in Care
Steve Evans
Steve EvansHead of Behaviour and Deputy Safeguarding Officer - Dawlish
Lisa Money
Lisa MoneyTeacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Matt Buck
Matt BuckYouth Worker
Richard Brooks
Richard BrooksYouth Worker
Dan Leverton
Dan LevertonTeacher
Jim Euridge
Jim EuridgeYouth Worker
Jack Barton
Jack BartonYouth Worker
Sarah Lock
Sarah LockYouth Worker