These Centres cater for young people from Year 7 to Year 11, who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school, are at risk of permanent exclusion, or have been unsuccessful at a fresh start to another school via the Supported Transfer Protocol. There are 3 Centres – The Beechwood Centre, The Lilford Centre and The Phoenix Centre, which are situated in different areas across the borough.
The aim of these Centres is to provide young people with the opportunity to overcome their barriers to learning and to support them in going back into mainstream education. A reduced National Curriculum is offered in line with national guidance, accompanied by a range of activities structured to try and support pupils to re-engage with their education and improve their life skills.
In Key Stage 4, the Centres work closely with the Alternative and Complimentary Education (ACE) Team in order to support academic progress and the achievement of qualifications, whilst preparing the young people for life after school. In Year 10, the young people will spend 3 days a week at their Pupil Support Centre along with 2 days a week at ACE. In Year 11, the young people will spend 2 days a week at their Pupil Support Centre along with 3 days a week at ACE.