“Helping every child to be the best version of themselves”
“Helping every child to be the best version of themselves”
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Thank you for taking the time to look at our website. We hope that by doing so you will begin to get a flavour of the warm, exciting and vibrant place that The Gillford Centre is.

The Gillford Centre is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 students living in North Cumbria.  


We are a busy but friendly PRU, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community.


We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

We cater for students who are:  permanently excluded or at risk of this, students with a medical or psychological assessment indicating a disorder, students with Statements of Special Educational Needs awaiting placement and students undergoing formal assessment for Special Educational Needs.  Other students are admitted where places are available, if agreed as an appropriate placement.  Our students are closely monitored by staff and taught in small groups, the main aim being to reintegrate into an appropriate school setting.

We aim to provide students with a tailored education to meet their individual needs and designed to give them the skills to improve their life chances and realise their potential.  We aim to support the progress of the learners; enabling them to develop self esteem, confidence, self worth, engagement in education alongside qualifications which enable them to access future pathways.  

The development of the learner’s personal integrity, self-respect and citizenship is central to all of our work.  The Gillford Centre provides a supportive, consistent educational environment, providing the highest quality Alternative Educational Environment and experience for pupils 5-16.

We promote positive mental health alongside academic achievement – whilst developing social skills, independence, self-motivation and respect for others. As an 'ACEs informed school',  we understand that young people cannot be successful learners until they feel safe, valued and can be supported to regulate their emotions.

The Gillford Centre is a place where young people can learn through supportive interaction, experience and success.  We aim to provide a safe environment for both young people and staff so that the emphasis can be placed upon growing, learning and fulfilling potential.  

We pride ourselves on the wrap around pastoral support we offer to all our students. We constantly challenge and review our approach seeking to unlock student potential and enable all students to have the confidence to make positive choices with the aim of a successful return to mainstream school. The Gillford Centre offers provision for a range of students aged between 5 and 16, as a result of Managed Moves, Permanent Exclusions or out of area placements.

We are committed to improving the life chances of our young people by removing barriers to learning, participation and achievement. 

Working in partnership with stakeholders is a very high priority.  The concerns of parents/carers will be listened to and acted upon where possible so that the needs of their children are effectively met. We also work with many partner organisations such as Health , Social Care and SEND support services.

The Gillford Centre consists of the following provisions:
Alternative Provision
KS3/4 Assessment Centre
Hospital and Home Tuition Service 
Outreach Support to Schools - groups and individuals

Mrs J L Hewson (Headteacher)

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