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Pupil referral units

Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) are a type of school established and run by the Local Authority specifically for pupils who cannot attend a mainstream school.

Under Section 19 of the Education Act 1966, Local Authorities have a duty to provide suitable education for children of compulsory school age who cannot attend school because of illness or exclusion.

Established and managed as part of the continuum of support offered within St Helens Peoples’ Service two registered PRU’s are in operation within the borough.  These are St Helens PACE, which caters for Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils and Launchpad which caters for  Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils.

St Helens PACE is based in Derbyshire Hill Road and accepts pupils from all St Helens Primary schools initially for two weeks full time and then on a part time basis with the aim of reintegrating the pupil back to their mainstream school.  The pupils follow the National Curriculum.

Launchpad PRU bases are on two sites, Key Stage 3 at Derbyshire Hill Road and Key Stage 4 in College Street.  In addition Launchpad registered pupils may attend one or more of the 5 commissioned Alternative Learning Providers.

The Key Stage 3 base at Derbyshire Hill Road admits pupils from all St Helens secondary schools, initially for two weeks full time and then on a part time basis, with the aim of supporting the pupils back into mainstream where possible.  The pupils follow the National Curriculum.

The Key Stage 4 base at College Street accepts referrals from all St Helens secondary schools with the pupils generally spending two or three days in the base and the remainder of the week undertaking vocational based work with other commissioned Alternative Education Providers.

The pupils attending the Key Stage 4 base have the opportunity to undertake accredited courses including GCSEs.


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