Parkside Pupil Referral Unit serves the needs of full-time students in Years 10 and 11 in the southern area of Suffolk. The unit also has a number of part-time students in Years 9 and 12. Students are from a wide range of social backgrounds and circumstances. Many face diverse challenges in their lives. Referral is via the local authority’s procedures. Students have become dislocated from mainstream education for a variety of reasons, often over several years. Many have specific psychological or emotional difficulties. Half of all full-time admissions are entitled to free school meals. A similar number are from single-parent families. Attainment on entry is variable. Six students have learning difficulties or disabilities. There are no ethnic minority groups.

The Award submission video (see points to note below)


The strong focus on pupils as individuals with individual needs;

  • Flexible learning;
  • Full embedding of ICT, by pupils as well as teachers;
  • Use of technology to help pupils present their work to a high quality;
  • A wide range of technology to allow choice of most appropriate technology to support learning;
  • Engagement of parents through the school’s online platform;
  • Creative use of technology such as video conferencing to extend learning within the small budget the school has;
  • Wrapping of the curriculum around the individual to personalise the learning.