Welcome to

Ipswich GAPS Centre

We can help you progress towards your next steps...

If you are out of education or training and want to gain qualifications, work experience, confidence and self belief to achieve your dreams, Ipswich GAPS Study Programme can help you.

We’ll develop a tailored package of support and goals to help support your individual needs. Working in small groups, our friendly and experienced tutors will help you to progress towards your next steps in life.

As a participant in TCHCs GAPS Study Programme you will have the opportunity to gain vocational skills and qualifications, including maths, English, skills for work and work experience.

Your programme will include:

  • Vocational Aim
  • Maths & English
  • Life Skills
  • Work Skills
  • Work Experience

Courses we offer

Emma Carpenter

Ipswich GAPS Centre Manager

Welcome to GAPS Ipswich! As Centre Manager, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share the vision and values that guide our work.

Since April 2023, I have had the privilege of leading this GAPS Centre, bringing over 15 years of experience in education, with expertise in Alternative Provision, Inclusion, and Behavior Support.

Our talented staff share my passion for empowering young people to gain not just qualifications, but the personal skills and confidence to thrive in their next steps. Our Tutors take the time to know each Learner, supporting their educational and personal growth. Together, we help Learners build confidence, resilience, independence, and community spirit. This happens through enriched lessons, exploring local industries, robust employer partnerships, and an inclusive culture.

The most rewarding part of my work is seeing our learners succeed. Though my job has many facets, it is the learners progress that makes everything click into place.


TCHC works effectively to include learners with complex needs. We have the facilities and expertise to work with learners with special educational needs in the areas of:

  • Sensory and physical needs
  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and interaction
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Learners with complex communication difficulties (ASD)

Our provision proudly consists of a personalised and flexible programme of support, which is updated regularly, to give our learners a positive learning experience.

All courses will be accredited through National Awarding Bodies.

Financial Support

This programme is fully funded. For eligible learners, we may be able to provide support covering costs such as travel and meals.

Please click here to see if you are eligible for financial support.


TCHC takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and we want to ensure that all people using our centres and services are kept safe from all forms of harm.

We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to:

  • Respect each other’s right to feel safe
  • Treat others fairly and with respect
  • Not to threaten, hurt or abuse others

It is important you feel safe, if you are worried or concerned about yourself or someone you know, please talk to us:

Alex Pazik – Safeguarding Manager (07732 684738)
Jodie Thomas – Safeguarding Champion (01473 232257)

or please email: [email protected]


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