Our School

Welcome to New Horizons – The Warrington Pupil Referral Unit/Service

We are an Alternative Provision School/Service for children with emotional, social and behavioral difficulties, who have been identified as being at risk of exclusion, harm or have already been excluded from mainstream education. Children are referred to us by local authorities, schools, and external agencies. Our emergent specialism is bringing “neuro science and mind sight into our schools”

The school is presently organised over two sites:-

The Longbarn Site works with children at risk of exclusion between the ages of 4-16 years of age. It is split into three centres. Willows Primary, Willows KS3 and Redwood KS4. The Centres  provide ‘Inclusion profiles’ for children, schools and families designed to enable reintegration into mainstream education via  specialist social/emotional support.

The Cedar Centre supports vulnerable children at risk of harm, exclusion and who may also have medical needs and is currently providing education for children between the ages of 11-16 years. This is based on the Woolston Learning Village site above Green Lane Special School

We are continually improving and developing the services we provide for the benefit of our pupils, their families and our staff. This year’s outcomes have demonstrated the success of our unique education provision. Our examination results this year have again exceeded the National Average in all subjects.

Our continued success builds on our most recent OFSTED inspection (2013), where we were recognised as a Pupil Referral Unit displaying a ‘Good’ standard with ‘Exceptional’ features. We are supported by a number of partners from education and business and we are currently exploring international research partnerships aimed to ensure that our organisation/services remain up to date and fully sustainable.

We received positive feedback from OFSTED for our Vulnerable & Medical provision at the Cedar Centre, which supports some of Warrington’s most vulnerable children. Their focus  is to provide support and encouragement to pupils enabling them to have a positive approach to life and gain the skills and education needed to look forward to their future beyond New Horizons.

Our progress is the result of hard work and dedication by our specially trained staff, the Local Authority and partners in and around Warrington.  This has led to the development of a high quality service which is designed to be flexible and adaptable and meet the needs of all our pupils.

We regularly ask our pupils how they feel about their time at New Horizons. This is what they say they like about the school and how it makes them feel:

“Teaching, being listened to and feeling safe”

“I can achieve at school for the first time”

“The school has given me hope that I can get a good life and a job”

For more details of our offer here at New Horizons, please click the link below.

Warrington Families Information Service

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Karen Thomson, New Horizons Headteacher