Bradford District PRU fulfils a key role in the support of secondary-aged pupils who have been unable to maintain a permanent place within mainstream education. The school offers 80 placements, available at Anerley Street alongside additional centres across the District. The purpose of such placements is to enable pupils to acquire skills which allow their continued access to further education and complete their Key Stage 4 studies. Additional places can be purchased by referring schools. District PRU commissions a number of additional Independent Schools and providers across the District.

Procedure and practices

We will scrutinise referral documentation, in accordance with the schools referral application pack. Documentation including a pupil’s risk assessment, my suppoprt plan, record of progress through the 7 Level Behaviour Framework, attendance and attainment are required from each referring school, to inform the discussion on placement.

Bradford District PRU will finalise contractual arrangements between the PRU and referring school to include:

  • identification of the school’s key worker for each pupil
  • the involvement of other Children’s Services
  • a schedule of liaison meetings between the key worker and the school
  • entry arrangements, including parental/carer involvement
  • all relevant school records must transfer with the student
  • all relevant school books/coursework
  • entry information for public examination
  • a 12 week dual roll contract

Schools will ensure that all relevant information on pupils, referred , is collated and used in the preparation for admission, including:

  • Risk assessment
  • My support plan
  • Early help and children's social care documentation
  • Care Plan of a Looked After Child
  • PEP for Looked After Children
  • Medical / health information
  • identification of any other agency involvement.
  • Parents/carers are actively involved in the whole transitional process from the preparation for admission; throughout the actual prevention placement and during the period of reintegration to the referring school.
  • Placement Reports for Central PRU
  • Relevant supporting information from additional professional

Admission arrangements

On referring a student to Bradford District PRU, schools must complete all necessary referral paperwork and copy it to the following persons:

On receipt of a referral Bradford District PRU will arrange for an initial meeting and visit to the School in order for each student to undertake a short induction programme. Following the induction programme, a personalised timetable will be developed that may include provision in different sites across the city. Bradford District PRU will assist parents to make an application for transport where necessary following the guidance and policy laid out by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. All information can be found on the Bradford Council website at:

It is important that all parties understand that the application process for transport can take up to thirty days as stipulated within the policy and it is the responsibility of the referring school to ensure that each student is in full-time education up to when an agreed start date can be arranged and throughout the 3-week induction period.


The majority of students placed within Bradford District PRU come from secondary schools and prior to referral for a place at Bradford District PRU students will have undertaken numerous interventions within mainstream school and many have had managed moves or short-term places at Aireview or Jesse Street PRUs.

Schools and academies will work with Anerley Street Vocational Centre to take shared responsibility for the educational provision of referred students. In this way schools and academies will share good practice, support each other and commit to truly inclusive and personalised provision which meets the needs of each individual pupil/student. The schools and academies must ensure that they will provide and transfer information so that hard-to-place students are admitted promptly. The needs of children and young people are paramount in these processes.

updated by AHo 07.11.19