Overview

Pathways Learning Centre (PLC) provides education for young people who live in South Gloucestershire but are unable to attend their mainstream school. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as medical needs,  severe anxiety, mental health needs, or social and emotional difficulties. 

PLC has four core areas which support the different needs of our students as outlined below. All students also have access to highly skilled staff, small class sizes and support and intervention where appropriate. 

What are the admission criteria for the Pathways Learning Centre?

PLC is a specialist provision which can only be accessed in exceptional circumstances.  Admission can only occur through referral to the RAP (Referrals and Admissions Panel) or when a student has been permanently excluded.  Please click here for further information about admissions.

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Primary (Fosse)

Provides full time education and support for Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils who have been permanently excluded from their mainstream school or for those who meet the entry criteria for specialist support or intervention. Pupils typically stay with us between 3-6 months before they return to a mainstream school or a long term specialist setting if appropriate. Some pupils may stay longer. Please see the curriculum page for further information about our curriculum offer. 

 

Secondary (Cotswold)

Provides education and support for Key Stage 3 & 4 students who are unable to attend their mainstream school due to medical need, extreme anxiety and/or mental health needs.  Students may attend full time or part groups depending upon their individual needs.  Most KS4 students finish their pre-16 education with us and then we support their post 16 transition to college, sixth form, apprenticeships or suitable bridging projects. Please see the curriculum page for further information about our curriculum offer. 

Secondary (Frome)

Provides full time education and support for Key Stage 3 & 4  students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school. Most students follow a reintegration programme so that they can return to a new mainstream school within 8 – 12 weeks.   Some students may need to stay at PLC a little longer, or receive extended transition support between PLC and their new school.  In some cases this transition may be to a longer term specialist setting. Students who have been permanently excluded from a second mainstream school, or are at risk of this happening will be supported by PLC and complete their pre 16 education with us. These students will have an individual package of core provision and offsite opportunities which best support their aspirations for post 16. Please see the curriculum page for further information about our curriculum offer. 

Home Tuition

Provides education and support for pupils from Year 1 – Year 11 who have been referred specifically for medical reasons and are unable to attend the PLC site and need to receive tuition in their home.  We work very closely with students, parents and support agencies to review these programmes regularly, to ensure we are providing the appropriate provision. Where possible we encourage students to access learning at the PLC site or when ready support a transition back to mainstream.  Please see the curriculum page for further information about our curriculum offer.