Whilst established in 2008 as a virtual school commissioning a range of local Independent Schools and Alternative Providers over 20 different sites for students who were unable to continue to access mainstream education District PRU now occupies a new site at Anerely Street and takes responsibility for the holistic education of all students in the delivery of a core curriculum combined with a range of different vocational options. I am proud to lead a team of dedicated staff in continuing to move this school forward in serving the needs of families and students across Bradford.
The journey towards creating a new vision for the school began in 2013 with a full commissioning project was undertaken and a site sought to create a new school for District PRU. Setting up a new provision is a challenge and the school was expected to have been opened in September 2014 but due to delays with both consultation and construction partial occupation of the school began in September 2014 whilst temporary accommodation was still occupied by staff and students until the end of the academic year and some students continued in a range of existing full time provisions with external providers and Independent Schools. The additional facilities that have been developed with food technology, a counselling and therapeutic suite along with a PE changing facilities and a multi use games area were completed by July 2017.
For many of our students their enrolment at District PRU has been the first time where they have been given that vital ‘fresh start’ and been part of a school specifically designed to meet their needs. In consultation with students, parents, carers and staff, we have created a learning environment that prepares students for college, training and the workplace. Student and parent voice reflect our ethos in developing both a school vision and our links within the wider community. Positive relationships combined with accurate assessment of need address students’ barriers to learning. This has led to 93% of all students moving onto positive destinations and continuing their education in higher education, training or apprenticeships.
I hope you will gain an insight into the quality of care and education we provide for all students, along with the range of exciting opportunities and experiences that are on offer to enable our students to develop into confident young adults.
Within Anerely St and across our additional provisions we provide specialist support for all of our students within a safe and secure environment. We are a caring and supportive school which has a clear sense of purpose to develop the students’ academic potential and increase respect, discipline and confidence so that all are able to be successful at their next stage.
All students are assessed on entry so that they have access to a highly personalised education package; their progress is carefully monitored and underpinned by all staff who work hard to make sure that every student is successful. Many of our students have missed key elements from their previous learning and once they have begun to re-engage with school structures we seek to narrow the gaps in their education specifically in English and numeracy.
Our students make rapid progress from entry to the school supported by a team of dedicated professionals’ that include expert practitioners from education as well as additional specialist staff who offer a range of services to enable students to engage with both teaching and learning as well as developing other skills to aid their progression.
We are additionally assisted by the full range of other services available to support our students and their families with the continued support from Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
I am proud to lead a committed body of staff on the next part of the school’s development and have high expectations that we will work together in supporting the social and academic potential in all of our students.