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Progress Education is an all-encompassing education provider with a shared purpose to change lives through the power of education and training. Through our alternative educational provision and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision, we support young people aged between 11 – 16 to achieve their potential.  Since 2015 we have supported over thousands of young people nationally. 

Meet the Team

Who are we?

Consisting of Progress Schools and Progress Careers (formally known as CareersInc), Progress Education strives to ensure that no young person falls through the cracks of the education system. We achieve this by ensuring that every young person who we come in to contact with has access to the same high standards of curriculum delivery and careers advice, regardless of background, ability, or location.  

Our vision has and will always be to ensure young people are supported to develop their skills and knowledge, empowering them to build the foundations for their futures. Our young people are at the heart of everything we do, and It is this commitment which leads us to continually seek to innovate and inspire through our delivery.  

2015 Launch
2016> Growth
2020 Acquisition
2021 Rebrand
2021 Merge

Progress Schools launch with 5 sites.

Progress Schools enjoys significant growth throughout England.

CareersInc are acquired by The Progress Group and partner with Progress Schools.

CareersInc and Progress Schools are rebranded.

Progress Education launched, our all-emcompassing educational solution.

Our Brands

Progress Schools

Progress Schools is a nationally based, alternative education provider with independent secondary schools located throughout England. We provide high-quality, supportive, and inspirational teaching to 11 – 16-year-olds at Key Stage 3 and 4. Our bespoke approach ensures positive progression either back into mainstream education, or into the world of further education, work-based learning, or employment when leaving us in Year 11. 

Progress Careers

Progress Careers (formally known as CareersInc) delivers high-quality, flexible Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG) services to schools. We support schools and educational institutions to fulfil their responsibility to provide students with high-quality, external, and impartial CEIAG. Each of our Careers Advisers are hand-selected for their knowledge, passion, and commitment to delivering outstanding CEIAG. Our commitment to quality standards is evidence in all our staff members being members of the Career Development Institute professional register.


Positive Destinations

Progress Careers


Parent Satisfaction

Progress Schools


Ofsted Ratings

Progress Schools

Progress Education Leadership

James Madine
James Madine


Sion Hughes

Learning &
Development Executive

Paula Thompson

Progress Careers
Operational Executive

Cath Martin

MIS, Contracts &
People Manager

Stacie Madine


Lauren Proctor


Cheryl James

Quality Manager &
Head of Centre

Sean O’Dell

Systems, Staff Training
& Development Manager

Gray Prince


Progress Schools Leadership

Vicky McDowell

Headteacher – North

Sue Astley

Headteacher – Lancashire

Elaine Delahurst

Headteacher – Merseyside

Jade Gibson

Headteacher – Midlands

Jenny Smith


Progress Careers Leadership

Paula Thompson

Progress Careers
Operational Executive

John Paley

Careers Operational

Mel Craven

Careers Operational Manager

Latest News

  • Leading the way in Alternative Education Provision

    Progress Schools have officially opened the doors to their new school in Gorton, Manchester.

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  • Progress Schools opens doors to a brand-new school in Wolverhampton

    Progress Schools opens doors to a brand-new school in Wolverhampton

    Progress Schools have officially opened the doors to their new school in Gorton, Manchester.

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