KS3 & KS4

SEN & High Needs Nurture | Adventurous Activities

Pendle is the founding TAS campus and has been based at our Barnoldswick site since 2011, having first opened in Brierfield in 2007 and then later to Nelson. The campus has capacity for 45 pupils, from KS3 and KS4, to support our more challenging pupils in small, nurturing classrooms. Pupils attend TAS Pendle from the local community (15 mile radius) with some pupils travelling from Preston and Harrogate to attend.

The building is the town’s former library and now has five classrooms, two kitchens, a dining space, a library area and a Wellbeing Hub, where meetings and therapeutic sessions are held with external agencies and our counsellor. One of our classrooms is set up to deliver a vocational programme linked to our curriculum.

We have a team of five teachers, who are supported by a part time Arts specialist, an onsite SENCO, a Communications Manager and the Head Teacher. The team also includes two therapy dogs, Scout and Boo, who attend school every day.

The ethos of Pendle is to have an outdoor focus and a strong base within the local community by being involved with local projects such as Barlick in Bloom. We have our own TAS allotment and regularly access a local farm. We plan to link up to a local stables to deliver equine therapy this school year. Pendle pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme as part of their curriculum and also take part in other adventurous activities.

At Pendle, many of our pupils arrive with an EHCP or are assessed with a view to applying for an EHCP. We work closely with educational psychologists and the local SENDO team to support with EHCP applications. For trauma-based support, we also work with behavioural specialists to develop nurturing strategies to support young people. Our TAS SENCO works with the teachers and the head teacher to develop SEN support plans where appropriate. All pupils are thoroughly assessed, with half termly reviews and with personalised timetables and IEPs to meet their individual needs.