The idea for The Campus builds on earlier work to develop a ‘Young Offenders Academy’. This work was developed by a Group of experts and reformers chaired by David Chesterton, a magistrate in the Youth and Family Court. The ‘Young Offenders Academy’ concept, developed by the Advisory Group, would provide a locally based facility that would integrate high quality education, training, accommodation and other services with a secure element and offer the courts an alternative to existing Young Offenders Institutions.
In November 2012 the Foyer Federation, with support from the High Street Fund, commissioned Andrew Morley, the former Chief Executive of the London Criminal Justice Board, to develop an alternative to a custody scheme in Haringey. With support from The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP), Andrew developed the Campus concept and gained support from partners in Haringey for a Free School application.
With support from Wates Family Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and a private donor, Graham Robb, previously of the Youth Justice Board, developed the application. In Spring 2015, the Department for Education approved the application.