The Pendlebury Centre – Admissions & Student Characteristics

Referrals for a placement at The Pendlebury Centre are made via the Secondary Panel for Inclusion (SPI). These referrals are usually made by schools and on occasion by professionals involved with a young persons care. We are unable to take referrals directly from parents/carers.

Further information about the referral process can be downloaded here:

Download the REFERRAL FORM

Students attending The Pendlebury Centre typically present with one or more of the following SEMH characteristics:


  • Long term non-attendance
  • School phobia

The young person fundamentally struggles to cope with a large school setting, how a school setting operates in terms of movement between lessons and relatively unsupervised social times, Increased isolation from school life, has significantly lower resilience than age equivalent peers – in particular relation to main stream dynamics.

Emotional Difficulties:

  • Withdrawn behaviour
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Physical problems
  • Low self esteem

The young person demonstrates limited awareness into their own emotional state, prone to outburst of emotion, limited self help skills to manage emotions and struggles to accurately read emotions of others.


  • Poor self image
  • Self harm
  • Rarely leaves home

The young person is observed regularly present with low self esteem in social situations, has a skewed or negative self image, may lack confidence within a classroom setting and may also act in an intimidating way as a defence mechanism.

Victim of bullying:

  • Long term non-attendance
  • School phobia

The Young person is causing concerns within their social life outside of school, struggles to leave the house , contacts friends less frequently etc.

Mental health concerns 

  • Low mood for extended periods of time
  • Disengaged and lacks motivation

The young person has adopted harmful coping strategies for dealing with times of difficulty including different categories of self harm.

‘Acting out’ behaviours

  • Trauma based
  • Past experiences
  • Bereavement
  • Abuse

The young person has evidence/documentation to support a referral, including the reflection and views of challenges and situations the young person has/is experiencing. 

All young people admitted to The Pendlebury Centre undertake a range of assessments and will be observed by professionals with a high level of of expertise in SEMH (social emotional and mental health wellbeing) with referrals to CAMHS and other agencies being pursued when deemed appropriate to do so. Good weekly communication between the schools, parents and Centre are encouraged and will help facilitate this. Parents can email, telephone or visit the Centre at any time to discuss the problems their child may be experiencing.

To facilitate a speedy return to mainstream, students are kept on the roll of their mainstream school and, under the arrangement made under the Education Act 2016, will usually be dual registered. All students at Key Stage 3 attend their mainstream school for at least one session each week.