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About Us

Birchwood PRU

Welcome to           

Our Vision

At Birchwood, our purpose is to work collaboratively with students to create a safe, inclusive and engaging educational environment.  


We will help to develop students' confidence and self-esteem by encouraging a culture of ambitious goal setting and the celebration of individual achievements. 


Birchwood will support students to attain their very best in a range of qualifications, as well as developing skills and attributes necessary for a successful future.  


This personal portfolio of accomplishments will enable students to go on to make positive changes in their local communities and live fulfilled lives

Our Vision & Ethos

Alternative Provision from Year 7 to Year 11

Birchwood is an alternative education provision that covers the Folkestone & Hythe District (South Kent) and is located in Folkestone. 


We accept pupils from Year 7 through to Year 11, placements with us can be short term ranging from 2 weeks through to 12 weeks.  Other pupils spend either the remainder or duration of their secondary education with us.  Usually Year 11 pupils will stay with us for the duration of the academic year.


For pupils that remain with us into Year 11, we support their transition to a suitable Post- 16 destination.  It is expected that these pupils will undertake external examinations/qualifications whilst with us.


All pupils placed with us here remain the responsibility of their ‘home school’ we work closely with these schools to ensure continuity of education.


We are also the local provision that accommodates pupils who require education on the 6th day of their exclusion from the local schools.


Our Management Committee is made up of the Head Teachers of the local schools

Our Aims

  • To offer access to a challenging GCSE curriculum with outcomes

  • To offer a high quality engaging learning experience that highlights the value and enjoyment of learning

  • To equip our students with the tools and understanding required in taking ownership of their emotional wellbeing, behaviours and social developments.

  • To have high expectations of our students in all circumstances.

  • To create a welcoming safe and supportive environment in which students and their families feel safe to explore new ways of working both with us and other agencies.


We will accomplish this by:


  • Delivering innovative and effective teaching and learning and always offering constructive advice and guidance for improvements.

  • Working in partnership with our partner and home schools to support pupils to ensure smooth transition during and after a referral to our School.

  • Standing by our key ethos that every day is a new day and that our students need as many chances as it takes to overcome their personal behaviour challenges through greater understanding of their own mental health and emotional wellbeing.

  • Offering exciting leadership and life experiences with our nurturing small steps approach to success in the next stage of each individuals journey.

Learn about what support we offer to parents and pupils in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Find out about our curriculum.

Click link above to view the data for final destinations of previous pupils.

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