LifeLine Projects

The LifeLine School

Unfortunately, the LifeLine School is no longer accepting students and has now closed.

Nathan Singleton

Chief Executive Officer

The LifeLine Independent School is a unique provision that allows students with a disrupted educational background the opportunity to catch up with their peers in under 10 months. Many students leave our provision and go on to Level 3 programmes and A-Levels.

When students move on from us, they go not only with academic achievement, but with a wider appreciation of their role within the community. These achievements are possible through the commitment and determination demonstrated by our fleet of staff and banks of mentors and volunteers.

LifeLine is committed to our students and so the relationship continues when they leave the School. We encourage students to remain in contact via the LifeLine Alumni, mentors and teachers. This ongoing contact helps the students expand their social network and provides unexpected opportunities.


Paired with a carefully-matched mentor to ‘champion’ them, our students are guided to identify their potential and consider new possibilities for success.


Taking part in a range of positive relationships, our students become confident in themselves and start to form their own unique identity.


Putting their new-found drive into action, our students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own future and define their purpose in life.

At the LifeLine School, we place a great emphasis on fostering excellent relationships between staff, students, and parents, in order to understand each student’s individual needs and tailor a package of education that enables them to achieve their best.

Our approach is defined by the three major steps our students take.

"We want you to walk tall when you leave us!"

Academic Curriculum

On arrival, new students are assessed to determine their current level. We also interview each student so we can see how they tick. Using this information, we develop a package tailored to each student to help them achieve.

Because we care about our students holistically, we take an unconventional route to attainment. In addition to targeted academic studies, the curriculum includes:

By the end of the school year, you’ll have the opportunity to earn GCSEs or Level 2 qualifications accredited by City & Guilds or Edexcel. These qualifications will allow you to progress on to Level 3 qualifications and/or A-Levels, which are require for entry into a UK university.

At the LifeLine School, we offer you the chance to earn:

Functional Skills Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grade 2-3. Functional Skills Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grade 4-9. IGCSE (International GCSE) grades are equivalent to GCSE grades.

Supporting Activities

Life Skills

In order for School students to get the best education they can, we recognise that skills like being able to communicate with others, solving problems, and dealing with difficult situations are just as essential. These, too, form a core part of the learning agenda, supported by a strong team ethic and a climate of respect and care that is demonstrated by all the staff, mentors and students.


All School students take part in our award-winning VIP Mentoring programme, where our fully-trained local volunteer mentors, spend at least an hour a week one-on-one with each student. These VIP mentors build trust, show care and work as a team to help students to find their vision for their future, gain confidence in their own identity, and give them opportunities to find their purpose in life.

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities are better when they are shaped to the needs of the students and the available resources. Building a team of volunteer School Ambassador Mentors has been a key part of providing our students with every opportunity to make friends, develop character and become part of their local community. Ambassador Mentors have been the catalysts for a wide variety of programmes from a football club to a film club; art activities to an intergenerational project, all of which challenge wrong perceptions and encourage respect and character building.

Work experience

Building relationships with local businesses means that students can be given the opportunity to undertake work experience in a wide variety of sectors in the local area, as well as within the LifeLine family.

Extra-curricular clubs

Offering as full a range as possible of extra-curricular activities gives students the chance to meet with other young people and build new relationships in the community. This, when combined with a holistic approach to teaching which values care, compassion and relationship, is key to boosting students’ confidence and ability to make friends, integrate into a new community and thrive academically and vocationally.

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of our students progress by at least two levels during their year with us.
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of our students continue in education, employment, or training after leaving the School.

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is the average level of attendance for our students.

To date, well over 400 young people have benefited from the specialist teaching and support offered by the School.

Our services were commissioned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham since 2005, and the London Borough of Hackney between 2008-2010.

The School has not only been nominated for multiple awards, but has also won the Learning Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards 2013.

"We want you to walk tall when you leave us!"

About the School

Previously known as the LifeLine Institute, the LifeLine School has been running since 2006.

About the Proprietor

The LifeLine School is run by LifeLine Projects, an East London-based charity that exists to impact people and influence systems.


The LifeLine School is inspected as part of the Barking and Dagenham Tuition Service whom commission all of our places.

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