St Edmunds Society has been around for over 52 years. St Eds is a collaborative vocational learning hub providing an alternative learning provision for young people entering Construction, Transport Maintenance, Catering & Hospitality and Hair & Beauty.
At St-Eds, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of training courses for students at both pre-16 and post-16. Whether you are a young person looking for training, a parent/carer or guardian, a referral agency or an IAG professional looking to place students, we look forward to welcoming you to St Edmunds Society.

Careers Advice and Guidance

Many young people often do not get the advice and guidance they may need to progress into their chosen career path. At St-Eds, we love helping students to be the best they can be!

The CIAG Team will provide you with careers information, advice and guidance to help you become aware of the opportunities available in Norfolk and what your next steps should be. They will help to develop your confidence, enabling you to access future career paths applicable to your skills and interests.

The team will prepare you for the demands in the labour market, helping you to explore the opportunities available and to make the most of your qualifications. They will also support you with your functional skills in Maths and English to compliment your vocational qualifications.

The team, accredited by Matrix, will also organise employability days with St-Eds corporate partners, to enhance your overall learning experience throughout your training course.

“It is amazing to see how the students progress whilst they are here, developing their confidence during one-to-one sessions, helping them feel better equipped to be able to access their next steps.”

Serena Davenport – Study Programme Manager and CIAG

Serena Davenport Transition Coach

Employabilty Day At Taylor Wimpey

St-Eds is fortunate to have access to nationally recognised sub-contractors such as Taylor Wimpey, with whom our students can develop relationships for work experience and apprenticeships.

“At St-Eds Training Centre they help you to become more independent in your learning and you are encouraged to take opportunities that are available. This enabled me to get the placement at Taylor Wimpey which has given me hands on experience in what the construction industry is really like.”
Tom Kavanagh – Taylor Wimpey
Taylor Wimpey

Welfare and Behaviour Management

Tara Bliss-Appleton Welfare Support Manager

Studies and past practice have identified that young people will often struggle in education when their emotional, physical and behavioural needs are not effectively being met.

On arrival, you will be offered a thorough induction, to show you and your parents/guardians what St-Eds has to offer you and how the team can help prepare you for the future. We like to get to know and understand all of our students.

Specifically, St-Eds has developed its Welfare Support Team, to ensure that the safety of all students and staff comes first. Through strong communication and engagement, the Welfare Team will identify any barriers to your learning and work with you to overcome these.

By applying its knowledge and experience, the Welfare Support Team focuses on gaining trust and building lasting relationships, helping you to target and reach manageable training and workplace goals.

“The safety, care and welfare of our students, both physical and emotional, is our number one priority. We focus on connecting with our young people; building close relationships with them based on trust.”

Tara Bliss-Appleton – Welfare Support Manager

What Our Students Had To Say

We asked some of our students to talk about their experiences at St-Eds. Here’s what they had to say!

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Meet The St Eds Team

Lorraine Bliss, MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Lorraine Bliss CEO

Lorraine has been with St-Eds for over twenty-six years and has been its Project Leader and CEO for the last twenty. She firmly believes that every young person deserves the right to achieve their full potential, irrespective of the social and mainstream educational challenges they may have faced growing up. That is the core focus at St-Eds. Lorraine is extremely proud of the work that St-Eds has achieved and the difference that staff and tutors have made to the lives of thousands of young people over the years.


Revenue Development Manager

Mark Anderson Revenue Development Manager

Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of education-system development and is responsible for overseeing the growth of new business contracts and the curriculum. Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Mark is focused on implementing new curriculum areas, whilst promoting the positive ethos that has become synonymous with St-Eds. Mark thoroughly enjoys his role, believing St-Eds to be a progressive organisation with a unique ability to engage and deliver positive vocational education experiences for young people.


Welfare and Inclusion Manager / Social Worker

tara bliss-appleton - welfare support manager-social worker

Tara is our Welfare and Inclusion Manager and our qualified Social Worker onsite. She manages our welfare team to support challenging and complex students. Tara has been qualified and worked in this area for over 17 years as it has been her long standing passion. This came about from her mother whom was supporting homeless and vulnerable children and adults when Tara was younger. Along with her ever growing list of training she really is an asset to our team and to our students!


Study Programme Manager and CIAG

Serena Davenport Transition Coach

Serena is the Study Programme Manager and CIAG (Careers Information, Advice and Guidance) at St-Eds. Supported by the rest of the IAG Team, her role is to help prepare students for transition into the labour market. Serena’s experience and guidance allows students to learn vital skills such as CV preparation, submitting job applications, as well as interview skills. Serena finds it particularly rewarding to watch St-Eds students secure real full-time work placements on completion of their training.


Welfare Support Officer

Nicky Wright 2018

Nicky started here as a volunteer, this engaged her as she learned an entirely new skillset. She has previously manned a few titles with us and has recently been promoted due to her kind nature, professionalism and approachable skills with our young people. Nicky is a great people-person and deals well in any situation. Nicky is brilliant at building trusting relationships with our young people and understanding their complications. She is an asset to our welfare team.


Welfare Support Officer

Welfare Support

Jade is the Welfare Support Officer at St-Eds. Jade supports with educational, health and care plans (EHCPs) and special educational needs whilst key working St-Eds young people. Alongside working at St-Eds, Jade completes a BA (Hons) in Special Educational Needs and Disability studies degree at University of Suffolk where she learns her theory work. She has built wonderful relationships with our young people and understands how to safeguard them correctly. Jade is a great lover of chocolate and family time.


Student Engagement Mentor

Welfare Support

Jo is our Student Engagement Mentor to support individuals within the training centre. Jo has a small group of students that she is responsible for regarding welfare, safeguarding and engagement in varying sectors. She has many years experience working with disadvantaged young people to support careers guidance. Jo has a high ability to sympathise with the young people on a professional level with use of her excellent communication skills.


Study Programme Officer

Amanda Bowies 2018

Amanda is our Study Programme Officer. Her role is to welcome new learners to ensure they feel welcome from the moment they walk through our reception doors. She will identify students’ needs and the ways we can specialise and support them in preparation of the student joining us. Amanda has many years in recruitment and working with NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people. She finds her position here very rewarding and enjoys supporting our young people to start their journey working towards a successful career.


Student Testimonials

St-Eds has given me what primary and high school has not. I feel St-Eds understands my needs and it makes me want to be at school.

Leon – Student

I came to St-Eds in 2013. The staff helped me to overcome anxiety and expanded my knowledge within the construction industry.

Sophie Tomkins – Trainee

During my time at St-Eds, I have learned a wealth of experience and skills from my tutors that I can take with me into the working world.

Jess Davies – Apprentice

Some Achievements That We’re Proud Of

Number Of Training Courses That Are Run At St Eds
Number Of Students Completing Training In 2017
Percentage Of Post-16's Going On To Full-Time Employment