Pendle Community High School and College

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About Pendle Community High School and College

Pendle Community High School and College (PCHS & C) was established on Pendle Vale Campus in September 2008 with the first phase of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) in the Burnley area. The large purpose built campus houses two schools and was funded and is run under the Privately Financed Initiative (PFI) Scheme. Upon re-location we became Lancashire's first co-located special school with our mainstream partner school, Pendle Vale College, a Secondary School, with 1030 pupils aged 11 - 16. The two staff teams work together to maximise inclusive opportunities for all pupils and students.

Students learn very effectively as a result of good partnership arrangements with the main stream school within the shared campus.
OFSTED, March 2013

Our campus has outstanding internal and external resources with extensive grounds including all-weather multi-use games areas (MUGAS), an adapted, easy access play area and bike/exercise track. Internally we have a large hydrotherapy pool, a Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) and dance studio. All of our classrooms have overhead hoists and IWB with a bank of computers adapted for individuals and groups. Our College has its own suite of rooms with a large common room and kitchen. Our school nurse has her own medical room and our Physical Development team have a specialist physiotherapy space. Rebound therapy takes place in our school hall. Throughout the campus all areas have ease of access and a lift can take non-ambulant pupils and staff to all floor levels. In keeping with many new schools all staff have identity cards which act as a pass for access to the different areas of school & building as a whole. These cards are also a 'rite of passage' for our prefects and pupils on inclusion that are entrusted with a pass for independence across the campus.

Similar to other GLD schools all of our pupils have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) with a learning difficulty categorised from Moderate (MLD) to Profound (PMLD). All of our pupils have additional needs with an increasing number of young people with complex medical needs. Within school 13% of our pupils have a sensory impairment (Visual Impairment (VI), Hearing Impairment (HI) and Multi- Sensory Impairment (MSI)) as a primary need. In addition we have pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) some of whom have significant sensory difficulties and challenging behaviour. Our MLD population has dropped by 30% in the past 4 years and 24% of our population has a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC).

Most of our pupils join us in Year 7 from our sister primary special school, Pendle View (PVPS), after an extensive Transition period. However, we do have some pupils joining from feeder mainstream primary schools and these young people are also involved into our transition programme. In addition we have in year admissions throughout Key Stage 3 & 4 from pupils previously placed in secondary mainstream schools or have moved into the area having already been placed in a specialist provision by their local authority.
We offer inclusion opportunities and support to pupils who require either social or academic respite so as to help maintain a mainstream placement. We have an extensive mainstream inclusion programme with Pendle Vale which stretches are most able pupils and provides access to GCSE and BTEC programmes to complement our own accredited routes. Social Inclusion is also provided in joint activities such as Sports Day, wider curriculum links, a campus sports club and through lunchtime and break time arrangements.

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Pendle Community High School and College Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road , NELSON, Lancashire, BB9 8LF
01282 865011
01282 682240

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  • Type: Community
  • Rating: -
  • Headteacher: Mr Paul Wright
  • Gender: Co-ed

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