"The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding."


Whatever a young person’s needs, PACE Education can be a flexible place of learning. Whether you’re looking for a full-time placement of five days a week, or need just a day or two, arrangements can be made to accommodate new pupils.

PACE’s placement programme can be tailored to suit the individual, and ‘flexible packages’ are available. Our range of qualifications and award schemes are set up specifically to enable young people to participate no matter how many days they are present.

Sport and leisure activities are also a hugely important part of life at PACE Education, enabling pupils to get fit, have fun and let off steam, as well as develop new hobbies and interests. These are on the curriculum for full-time and part-time attendees.

In return, pupils must sign up to, and abide by, PACE’s caring ethos, including an anti-bullying policy. Click here to read it.

We work closely with Local Authorities and other referrers to inform them of our offer and to understand the needs of the pupils they wish to refer. We recognise that finding the right provision for vulnerable children is critical so we make our referral process sensitive and simple. Admission to PACE Education is a 3 stage process;

Arrows showing the three stages of admission

Stage 1. Initial referral

In the first instance we welcome new referrers to visit and meet with us to understand our approach. Local Authorities and other referrers are asked to complete a referral form for pupils to ensure we have all of the information we need to consider when placing a child. We work with Local Authorities and other referrers to ensure that decisions on offering an assessment visit are based on complete, accurate and reliable information.

Stage 2. School based assessment visit

Parents/carers are invited to visit PACE Education, meet with a senior member of staff or the Headteacher and take a look around. These visits allow parents to ask questions, share any concerns and to understand our approach. During this, or a second visit,  some online diagnostic tasks in English, ICT and Mathematics will be completed.

Stage 3. Transition into school

Following a successful visit all pupils have a tailored transition into school.

All referrals are considered by the Headteacher and admission decisions are made based on:

  • Outcomes from school based assessment visits
  • Pupil numbers/available spaces
  • Needs of referred student and current cohort
  • Expertise of staff
  • Resources available

Admission decisions are then shared with the referrer in an offer letter. The letter will outline that the referral has been accepted, detailing financial requirements, the support to be offered, a start date and the date by which the offer should be accepted and the address to which to respond. When offer letters are sent, if the referrer fails to accept the place by the due date, it will be assumed that the referrer no longer wants the place and the offer will be withdrawn.

·         Full-time place: 5 days per week ( 271/2 hours per week )

·         Part-time place: 1 to 4 days per week ( 51/2 hours each day )

In the event that the school receive more referrals than we have places we will prioritise the most vulnerable learners. Pupils with an Education Health Care Plan naming PACE Education, will always be admitted before others. Next, priority will be given to referrals for pupilts who are or were previously looked after by a Local Authority (as defined by the Children Act 1989). We operate a waiting list for those students who have been identified to take up placements in Year 9.

PACE accepts referrals from a variety professionals/establishments, including mainstream schools, special schools, independent schools, local authority SEN monitoring and assessment teams, the Youth Offending Service and care providers.

If you would like to enquire about placement funding and costs, or to discuss individual requirements within the curriculum, please arrange a chat with Cherri Felton or Clare Harper.

The Admissions Policy can be found here.

The PACE 10-Point Pledge

We aim to ensure that:

  1. Everyone is treated with respect, kindness and understanding.
  2. No-one is disadvantaged educationally.
  3. All young people are encouraged to achieve and feel confident in their abilities.
  4. Young people have constant encouragement and know they have the ability to succeed according to their abilities.
  5. Students are encouraged to persevere and to know how to cope positively with both success and failure.
  6. We provide education without fear or anxiety in a well-structured environment, with clear rules and boundaries in place.
  7. Young people feel sufficiently confident to question and discover, explore and investigate, reflect and understand all areas of their education.
  8. All young people have their needs met as part of a continuous educational process.
  9. Every young person has a Personalised Education Plan (PEP), Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) where appropriate.
  10. Our education is tailored to meet each individual’s needs.
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