What is the Grasvenor Project?

The Grasvenor Project is a service, in partnership with Barnet Virtual School and funded through The John Lyons Trust,that aims to improve the outcomes of looked after children and young people in the London Borough of Barnet, who -

  • Have been excluded.

  • Are at risk of exclusion

  • Are not attending school for any reason

  • Are waiting to be placed in a school

  • Are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties that are preventing them from effectively accessing education in their current provision. 

  • Would benefit from regressive play opportunities

  • Having significant learning gaps


This is not an extensive list and is deliberately left open to enable us to offer bespoke packages of care to any young person and their specific needs and requirements.


The Grasvenor Project aims to ensure positive outcomes for all referrals.  The key methodology is 1:1 mentoring where Project staff are assigned according to the individual LAC’s needs as presented. This is ensured by regular reviews of progress which enable the young persons voice to be heard and actions and targets are changed to meet their changing needs.  The Grasvenor Project has two strands, physical and outreach. The physical strand costs £500.00 per term, while the outreach strand has a not for profit cost element currently £43.50p per hour. The outreach strand bridges the gap for those who are hard to reach in the community, via matching mentors to visit those referred out in the community.  Young people can access either the Physical or Outreach services, however packages of care combining both can be arranged.


What is The Grasvenor Physical Project?

The Physical Project provides a physical placement one day per week to children or young people referred, either at Grasvenor Avenue Infant school, or one of our partnering schools in the London Borough of Barnet. A mentor is assigned to each child or young person referred to the Project, who will support and supervise them on their allocated placement day.  The mentor is also able to offer one to one time, to have conversations, to confide in and to help support and guide them through the challenges they may face.  The young people and mentors build solid relationships and often stay in touch after the placement has finished. Each young person referred will be supported to become a valued member of the school. The placement in the infant school gives opportunity for regressive play, enabling the young person to develop relationships and deal with the daily challenges of working alongside others.  The young person will rediscover who they are and the non-threatening educational environment gives an opportunity for the young person to redefine themselves.  Each young person is offered an opportunity to set up and run a project with the children in the school as well as encouraged through indirect learning, to reflect on the current barrier to them achieving educationally. When placing young people referred in a position of responsibility, they can for example, through their experience working at the school, begin to reflect on why certain rules are in place by applying them to their role; and reflecting on these in relation to the school they are on roll with. This service has had huge success with many young people, enabling them to grow in self esteem, resilience and re-enter the education system successfully.  This service runs during term time only.

What is Grasvenor Project Outreach?

The Grasvenor Project Outreach service also provides a Mentor to each child or young person referred, however the difference with this strand, is that support is offered in the community; often taking place at the home of the individual referred. The focus of the outreach team is to provide mentoring and advocacy support for hard to reach groups, where Mentors work to re-engage young people who have disengaged with their education, support them in job applications, support in developing independence and self care skills.  Our mentors regularly work with young offenders and those with gang affiliation, support transitions from foster care to semi and full independence in the community.    Mentors work on identifying what the barriers are to achieving from the young person’s perspective, and are supported and encouraged to find ways for them to reduce, including engaging them in their own decision making. This strand of service is particularly useful for young people who are resistant to engaging with professionals or going out in the community, as it provides an independent source of support and advocacy for them. This service runs during holidays and term times. 


Who can make referrals or how to make referrals to the Project?