The Pendlebury Centre – Background Information

The Pendlebury Centre is one of three Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) for secondary aged students in Stockport.

The Centre provides full-time placements for 40 students with a variety of social, emotional and mental health needs. These placements are not permanent but offered on a short to medium basis, typically as follows:

– Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 – 12 School Weeks

– Year 11 – Personalised according to level of needs

– Cedars – 18 School Weeks

The Centre also acts as a base for the Secondary Jigsaw team and has a specialist Tier 3 provision called Cedars. As a result, the Centre supports around 600 students per academic year.

The Pendlebury Centre is proud to have had five consecutive ‘Outstanding’ judgements from Ofsted, the most recent in January 2017 – this being a reflection of the commitment and expertise of its staff in working with young people to go some way in overcoming complex issues and difficult situations.

In working with young people and the families, the Centre also places emphasis on the fact everyone has social, emotional and mental health needs , to varying degrees. Through our work with our partners, local schools and universities, we look to raise awareness of social, emotional and mental health needs, reduce stigma and equip our colleagues with a level of understanding and skill to address, and where possible, de-escalate problems students face.

Aims & Ethos

The Pendlebury Centre aims to provide for students, a supportive, consistent educational environment which promotes positive mental health alongside academic achievement – whilst developing social skills, independence, self-motivation and respect for others.

The Pendlebury Centre provides a personalised learning experience which will secure a students’ successful reintegration / transition into an appropriate educational provision, and in turn help equip them with the skills to achieve in their future.

The Centre’s ‘Mission Statement’ is summarised as ‘Believe In Your Future’.


To reach the right children, at the right time and to do the right thing.

By 2025-26, we will:

  • Champion professional learning and discussion with stakeholders to increase understanding of the Pendlebury services and thus facilitate appropriate and timely referrals.

  • Design dynamic pathways that are flexible to meet individual need.

  • Establish a rich, creative and ambitious curriculum that goes beyond the confines of academic attainment and prepares our students for their next steps and adulthood with increased confidence and aspiration regardless of starting point.

  • Ensure the physical space and buildings are fit for purpose and can accommodate increasing demand and the changing needs of cohorts.

  • To support students following the impact of the pandemic, understanding the negative effects on their SEMH needs and disengagement from learning.

Our core values:

  • To celebrate individual and collective success.

  • To maximise strengths and minimise weakness.

  • To allow all to thrive in a supportive environment.

  • To be courageous and ambitious and to aspire to reach the full potential in all that we do.

  • To embrace difference and enable belonging.

Strategic plan:

Please click on the following link for our 3 year plan: Strategic Plan