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Bishopton PRU is a complex Pupil Referral Unit offering educational provision to KS3 and KS4 pupils who are at risk of exclusion, permanent exclusion from school or those not attending mainstream school for other reasons such as illness (physical and/or psychological). The centre also brokers alternative vocational provision for pupils who remain solely on the role of mainstream schools.
The school has recently merged onto one site, but still offers the same provisions:
Bishopton PRU provides provision for KS3 and KS4 pupils not attending mainstream schools and those accessing alternative education provision.
The aim for those pupils based at Bishopton is to return to their mainstream school after a 12 week period. If this is not appropriate, further educational advice is sought with a view to either extending the placement, accessing alternative provision or statutory assessment.
Ofsted noted (January 2012) that:
‘The Bishopton Centre is a good pupil referral unit. A large majority of pupils enjoy attending. …The unit is well thought of by mainstream schools in the area and is highly respected by the local authority. Much of the unit’s success rests in the outstandingly good relationships it forms with mainstream schools and alternative providers to ensure that all pupils are given access to the outstanding curriculum that best serves their individual needs.’