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Admissions Information

All admissions are via our local Fair Access Panel, with representatives from the local authority, mainstream schools, the PRS and other local agencies. We offer both Statutory and Discretionary places.

Statutory places are offered on a needs – led basis and can happen very quickly.

Statutory placements consist of a bespoke programme of study for pupils:

  • Who have been permanently excluded from school
  • Who, due to medical needs cannot access full time mainstream education
  • Who are involved with the Youth Justice Service
  • Who are directed to us by the Local Authority

A Statutory pupil in year 11 is likely to complete the year with us and take external, national examinations at our Centre.

Discretionary pupils can be supported by us on bespoke programmes of study; it is likely that these pupils will return to mainstream education to complete their education at some point.

Discretionary pupils are those who:

  • Are, due to exceptional circumstances, awaiting a place in a mainstream school.
  • For a variety of reasons are not able to access the curriculum in a mainstream setting.
  • Would benefit from smaller class sizes and higher teacher/pupil ratios.
  • Would benefit from a more vocational curriculum.
  • Need a pathway to further education or training.
  • Have been out of education for a long period of time

Any parent who is considering The PRS as an appropriate school to meet the needs of their child must, in the first instance, discuss this with their current Mainstream school. All admissions to the PRS in Scarborough require close dialogue and liaison between schools to ensure the best continuation of provision for the pupil concerned. A contract between all parties is a pre-requisite of admission to ensure clarity and to enable all parties to work together effectively.

Key Stage 4 Parallel and Alternative Provision

Pupils who gain a place in our KS4 Parallel Provision will be offered the opportunity to take at least five GCSEs, of which the core GCSEs will be English Language, English Literature, maths and science. Pupils will also have access to PE and art as well as Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. However, bespoke packages may be built around a pupil’s needs and interests if there are barriers which prevent them accessing the curriculum.

Vocational Experience

During Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to attend the local Technical College (TEC), once a week, to experience a variety of different practical subjects such as Construction (including plumbing, joinery, brickwork, plastering and decorating), Hospitality, Media, Drama, Health and Social Care, Hair and Beauty and Motor Vehicle.

These courses combine practical skills with theory and are taught by industry professionals.

There are also a number of Providers within the local area whose offer may be accessed by pupils following our Alternative Provision route. These include the Skills Village for those interested in the construction trade, the Academy with a focus on hair and beauty and the Military Preparation Course if the pupils’ aspiration is a military route. There are also computer based opportunities, sport based interventions as well as provision built around outdoor learning linked to agriculture, land based studies, animal and water management.

Baseline Assessments

On starting at the PRS, the pupil, their parents/carers and any involved professionals will be invited to an initial welcome and information sharing meeting.

Your child will then be expected to spend the first week on a reduced timetable completing baseline assessments. This is so we have a good understanding of how to differentiate for your child’s teaching and learning. It also enables us to identify any gaps in learning and track progress over the span of their time with us.

If you require further curriculum information contact us here.


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