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Skillz Students and families inspired by Paralympic champion and Secret Millionaire Added on Friday 18 July (at 16:01PM)


An alternative education centre working to improve the lives of young people in Leeds has celebrated its fifth birthday by welcoming a gold medal-winning Yorkshire Paralympian and a leading Yorkshire entrepreneur to a special celebration.

Skillz Education, based in Wortley, works with youngsters who are unable to achieve their full potential in mainstream education for a variety of reasons. 241 boys and girls have been supported by the centre since it was set up in 2009.

Parents and carers of students, plus representatives from schools and organisations across Leeds, were invited to the event on Friday 27 June which saw Skillz students showcasing their work. This included a silent auction for bird boxes which had been built in joinery sessions and music provided by those who had taken part in DJ sessions.

Paralympic archery champion Danielle Brown and leading entrepreneur and one time Secret Millionaire Carl Hopkins joined the birthday event to inspire the young people to achieve their goals by talking about the challenges they had overcome during their lives.

Gemma Stow, Founder and Director of Skillz Education, said it was great opportunity to be able to showcase the achievements made by the young people:

“Although the students who come to Skillz have particular challenges to overcome, we are committed to working as hard as we can to ensure they receive the best possible education and fully achieve their potential.

“Welcoming two inspirational figures to our fifth birthday celebration was an indication of our commitment to showing the young people that there is nothing they can’t do if they work hard and receive support.

“Danielle is a true champion, achieving a first class law degree while competing at a world class level. The young people revelled in not only hearing from her but getting up close and personal with her gold medals from the Beijing and London Paralympics.

“Carl’s story, coming from a council estate in Leeds to being one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, is also inspirational and shows our students that they can achieve their dreams.”

Guests at the celebration were also given the opportunity to have a tour of the Skillz facility and certificates were presented to students past and present for taking part in their courses.

See all the great photos of a great day here

Skillz 5th Birthday and Student Success celebration event today! Added on Friday 27 June (at 07:41AM)


All students welcome to attend - we would love to see you and your families there - including the Year 11's that have recently finished with us! From 1230-230 at St John's Church Hall across from Skillz

Maths Teacher wanted! Added on Tuesday 03 June (at 14:22PM)


We are searching for a unique individual who can teach Maths and has what it takes to make a difference to the young people's lives that attend Skillz! Please click on the link for more info

Skillz in 'Off Sight' Newsletter Added on Tuesday 22 April (at 09:32AM)


Check out the front page photo of young people with Skillz staff that was the featured in the Leeds City Council Children's Services 'Off Sight' newsletter. We are also really pleased that they have included an article that shows how attending Skillz can really make a difference to young people's lives in many ways! Tell us what you think any feedback welcome :) Click on the link below to read the full newsletter -

Sporty Skillz!! Added on Friday 28 March (at 09:31AM)


So, after collecting in all the donations and counting up, Skillz have raised a whopping £127.55 for Sport Relief!
Well done again everyone and thanks for taking part!
It was loads of fun and great to raise so much money for such a worthy cause!

Check out some of the action shots!

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To see where the money goes or donate to Sport Relief yourself go to:

Skillz young people have their say! Added on Monday 24 March (at 14:16PM)


We recently held a learner forum, where young people had the chance to tell us what they thought about their time at Skillz.

Here is some of their feedback:

'Skillz staff are very good 'cos they are always there when you need to talk'

'My attendance and behaviour are better and I have got my head down more'

'I like everything about Skillz, it's fun'

'My behaviour is better because I enjoy it here and we can work in small groups and it's not too crowded'

'I know I have made progress because I attend more and do more work'

'Skillz have helped me out with stuff and made me realise you need Education'

'I like Skillz 'cos they treat you like an adult'

Are you a young person who attends Skillz? Tell us what you think! Our door is always open come and have a chat, fill in a feedback slip and hand it to your tutor or email us at We'd love to hear what you have to say!!

Would you like to attend Skillz? – Get in touch and we can arrange for you to come and have a look round and see what you think!

For information about Skillz, courses we offer and the referral process, please contact Lucy:
0113 2635988