Their objective is provide, and support the provision of education for pupils who have difficulties fitting in to mainstream education system without specialised support.
Often the children – typically age from 11 to 16 – come from disadvantaged or dysfunctional families.
The school has 50 pupils at any one time (although originally planned for 30!).
At the same time as directly providing schooling; services are provided to help mainstream schools support in helping ‘difficult’ pupils.
The objectives in Scarborough are nicely summed up by Headteacher Elaine Mallen
“our dedicated staff and I are committed to making a difference for pupils who are, for a variety of reasons, currently unable to access main stream education.
We work hard to offer the best service to young people, families and schools. Our small, calm and welcoming environment allows young people to feel safe and valued and we support individual needs through a personalised and flexible provision. Our aim is to enable our pupils to gain the skills and confidence that will allow them to become more successful within education and to maximise their prospects in later life”
Whilst , in general, Referral units have a mixed reputation, Scarborough Pupil Referral Service sets an example of a Service, acknowledged by outside bodies as providing services which fulfil and exceed their objectives. They demonstrate that their pupils are young people who manifest measurable success and achievement in ways that are often way beyond perceived expectation.
It is proposed that Scarborough Cavaliers commit to working with and supporting the services continued successful efforts.
24 March 2019
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