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School: The Renown Centre of Learning

Contact Name: Alasdair Gavin
Secondary Hub Site: St Nicholas School

About: The Renown Centre of Learning

Previously known as the Pupil Referral Unit, the Renown Centre for Learning in Constable Way, Shoeburyness, offers children facing school issues, a therapeutic experience with individual learning programmes.

These aim to develop and nurture social skills and academic achievement for children requiring specialist support and guidance. This then enables them return to mainstream schools or go on to further training, employment or higher education.

Permanently excluded pupils attend the centre full time until a permanent school or college place can be found for them. Other excluded pupils return to their school after their period of exclusion is over and pupils who need support are offered a part time placement so that they can attend their own school for part of the week.

The centre can take up to 24 pupils, in the centre, on any given day but it also has on roll a number of pupils who follow an alternative education curriculum.

The curriculum offered to pupils at the centre is varied and pupils are encouraged to achieve:

  • Certification through the AQA examinations board
  • Examinations in literacy & numeracy
  • Certification through the AQA Unit Award Sceme

Pupils who follow an alternative educational curriculum spend time in college, complementing this with work experience. Pupils on this programme are given the opportunity to gain work based qualifications.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, Councillor Roger Hadley says: "The Renown Centre for Learning offers a vital service to children and young people in the borough who, for a variety of reasons, are undergoing educational difficulties."

"It gives them highly specialist support which is tailored to their own particular needs, to help them go on to develop and fulfil their potential in the future."

In terms of participation in PE and Sport, the school deliver PE in the school and off site using alternate venues for different sports. Also, students participate in the SESSA league, whereby SEN schools from all across Essex can compete in various sports over the acamdemic year.

Statement: The Southend Primary Schools Sports Association are committed to the continual safeguarding of our children.