The Ladder School

Redefining alternative provision.

The Ladder School is a brand-new school for Walsall, to cater for the needs of young people within the local community; to offer something different educationally. The Ladder School will support young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream provision, primarily because of behavioural difficulties or because their needs cannot be met in a mainstream setting.

The Ladder School is a free school that is part of the Mercian Trust and The Ladder School will become the newest member to a diverse family of schools. Students who attend The Ladder School will be dual rolled with their ‘home’ school, to offer a wraparound alternative education provision, to ensure that students can succeed and to enable them to make a positive contribution to their families, the local community and wider society.

Mr Chris Bury:


“I think The Ladder School, will provide a unique opportunity for the young people in Walsall and it is my aim to ensure that the students of The Ladder School will have access to an outstanding provision, to allow them to open doors, to new opportunities.”

“The Mercian Trust, feels like the perfect organisation to be leading the development of The Ladder School. It is a diverse multi academy trust who are not afraid to be educational pioneers, to ensure the highest standards, in all of its partner schools.”

“I am a firm believer that excellent learning starts with clear principles, if you get the little things right, everything else will fall into place.”

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