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 – 12 School Weeks

– Year 10 – 8 School Weeks initially

– Year 11 – Personalised according to level of needs

– Cedars – 18 School Weeks

The Centre also acts as a base for the Secondary Jigsaw team (HYMS) 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.

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 ‘The Five PCs’:

  1. Positive Contribution
  2. Positive Communication
  3. Positive Creativity
  4. Positive Co operation
  5. Positive Confidence

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 – we often use famous examples to support this, such as Winston Churchill’s ‘Black Dog’.

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.