North East Lincolnshire Council

Pupil referral units and alternative education

In North East Lincolnshire we have a range of special educational provisions as part of our local offer. Find out about our Pupil Referral Units and other alternative provisions in the expandable menus below. We also have a Behaviour Service who support schools, academies and other settings to meet the needs of children and young people.

Pupil referral units

Phoenix Park Academy is a split site school. Key stage 2 and 3 learners are based on Harold Street in Grimsby at the Phoenix House site. Key stage 4 students are based at the Park House site which is off Park Avenue in Grimsby. Here the atmosphere is deliberately more like a college, encouraging our students to plan and prepare for post 16 educations

Phoenix Park is proud to be different. As a Pupil Referral Unit they support students from all of the mainstream schools in N.E. Lincolnshire.

All of our students have struggled to cope in a mainstream school setting for one reason or another. They have come to us for a period of support before going back to their mainstream school or moving on to a more suitable school placement. We aim to make a difference during their time with us, by working on the skills they will need to be successful in their next placement when they leave.

Visit the Phoenix Park Academy website for more information.

Sevenhills is a unique provision that welcomes students from all backgrounds and abilities. Our student population varies from pregnant teenage mothers, challenging behaviours, BESD needs, social and emotional vulnerabilities.

As our Aims set out, at Sevenhills Academy we work hard to provide a safe, happy and caring environment. By doing that we are then able to promote high standards of learning, achievement and behaviour for all our pupils.

Students are educated in modern facilities with access to fantastic learning resources and new technology.

Teachers and support staff from Sevenhills deliver high quality programmes of study that not only lead to GCSE accreditation but also address social and emotional needs.

Visit the Sevenhills Academy website for more information.

Alternative education provisions

At CPO, alternative education routes are available for young students aged 11-16 who experience difficulty in mainstream education for many different reasons. We are able to support young people in achieving their potential in different subjects as well as their own personal goals.

As well as this, students learn different media skills while also contributing to content for VOXX magazine, a project delivered by CPO for young people. This is a unique aspect of what we offer that they would not get in any other education setting for their age group.

CPO media current educational offer incudes:

  • Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Photo Editing
  • English
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media
  • P.E.
  • Personal & Social Development

Visit the CPO Media website for more information.

Although registered as an Independent School at the start of 2017, we have been offering education and training within NE Lincolnshire for over 10 years. In March 2018 the School was subject to our first full Ofsted Inspection and received a grading of ‘Good’.

We specialise in engaging learners who are disengaged from mainstream school provision, or supported by EHCP plans and offer a flexible and personalised curriculum which focuses on bringing the best out of our pupils.

Our curriculum offer engages our learners and although we are focused on delivering the highest possible outcomes for our learners academically, we aim to make sure our pupils leave us with a much wider set of skills which will set them up for adult life.

Visit the Orchard Humber website for more information.

Best Futures is a Nurture Unit nestled in the peaceful village of Aylesby, Lincolnshire and has been successful in nurturing many children back into mainstream education.

Children have the opportunity to be effective and successful learners, make and sustain friendships, deal with and resolve conflict effectively and enhance communication skills. This makes a significant impact on the lives of the young people in our provision and also their families and the wider community.

We provide bespoke personalised plans which combines academic learning with social skills and development of greater self-awareness with reflective strategies.

By promoting positive learning, we engage children in health and leisure activities guided by a dedicated team that provide intensive, specialist support and equip the children with skills and motivation for life.

Visit the Best Futures website for more information.

The Local Authority directly commissions two primary resource based provisions at both Western Primary School (Broadening Horizons) and Eastfield Primary Academy (Myspace).

Both settings work proactively with schools to support student who are at risk of exclusion from their mainstream settings, students attend the provisions for time specific periods whilst they get intensive support to overcome any barriers to learning. Students are given holistic intervention to enable to transition back into mainstream settings and which enables future education progression.

You can visit the Western Resource Based Provision (Broadening Horizons) and Eastfield Primary Academy (Myspace) websites for more information and contact details.

Behaviour Service

The challenge for the Behaviour Service is to support schools, academies and other educational settings to meet the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education settings.

The service will develop a model of support for children and young people, which reflects and meets the full range of their social, emotional and mental health needs. This will focus on utilizing the expertise of teaching and support staff through integrated partnerships, in a variety of settings, and combine this with the input from a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private services and stakeholders. A wide range of high quality support will be provided that is flexible, focused, and accessible and personalised.  The Service will support schools, academies and other educational settings to:

  • To work closely with key partners to improve provision for C&YP with challenging behaviours.
  • Support individuals who need to be educated outside a mainstream setting and work closely with current partners to improve outcomes for C&YP outside mainstream settings.

To achieve this, the service manages the commissioning and brokerage of provision, advice and guidance on issues related to behaviour and attendance including statutory guidance around exclusions. There will be a range of provision made available which includes managed moves across mainstream education and is extended to include a series of Pupil Referral Unit and alternative provision opportunities which is supported through a partnership organization.

The service work with schools and academies to develop alternatives to permanent exclusions for pupils. This will be done, by encouraging schools and academies to work together, in partnership, which places the child at the centre of any considerations about the most appropriate setting to meet the child’s needs. This will be provided for all phases of education.

To achieve this, the service manages the Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BACs) at both primary and secondary phase. The secondary BAC will have a particular regard for transition, both from primary and to tertiary.

The Service will, consistently, consider, monitor and review the provision of high quality programmes and desired outcomes. This means ensuring that the range of provision, available to the Authority, is effective, equitable and sustainable. In doing this, the most appropriate provision will be in place to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

Behaviour Service

General enquiries: 01472 323688

Inclusion officers: 01472 323098 / 01472 326936

School exclusions officer: 01472 323606

Families First Information Service


Telephone: 01472 326292 (option 1)

Opening times (telephone and email enquiries): Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays