Releasing Potential

The Releasing Potential community is central to everything we do. We create a place of safety and fun for young people, allowing them to take managed risks that lead to breakthroughs in social and emotional well-being.

An education charity and Independent School with bases of operation across Hampshire and West Sussex.


Releasing Potential began in 2001 in Portsmouth, offering outdoor education as a way of engaging children and young people who had become disengaged from mainstream school. Over the last seventeen years, the organisation has grown, and now runs two school sites, one in Havant and the other in Chichester; an Outdoor Education Centre of Excellence; an Educational Mediation service; an academic research institute, and several social enterprise businesses.

We continue to offer outdoor education, giving children and young people opportunities to thrive beyond the narrow expectations of more traditional learning environments, but we also deliver specialist provision through a broad range of alternative educational models. We have been successful in our work by valuing children and young people as individuals and welcoming them into the Releasing Potential community with unconditional positive regard.

Our approach is holistic and systemic: we believe in creating an environment in which children and young people can be supported, regardless of their background or level of ability, and our philosophy of belonging, safety, and risk underpins everything we do. Our faith in the power of community determines the ways that we work, giving us a strong sense of identity across all areas of the organisation.


Releasing Potential
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court

Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 04622100


023 9247 9762


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