Developing a Growth Mindset in the classroom

What is a Growth Mindset?

In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, dedication and persistence.

Pendlebury Centre PRU

5 OUT OF 5

"Outstanding" OFSTED Judgements!
'Your school transforms lives...' (Jan 2017)

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Arts for Recovery in the Community (ARC)

What is ARC?

The Pendlebury Centre has a long established partnership with Arts for Recovery in the Community (ARC) in Reddish, Stockport.

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Forest Schools

What is Forest School?

Forest Schools is an approach to learning that takes students out of the traditional classroom setting and into local natural environments.

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Thursday 4th June 2020

A new flyer from HYM’s has been produced for students and parents with a diagnosis of ASD – it can be accessed from the link below:

Telephone Helpline Flyer

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Stockport college is having its first virtual open day on Wednesday 20th May 2pm-4pm. Click on the link below for more information and how to sign up:

Stockport Local Area response to the Government announcement by Boris Johnson on 10th May 2020:

Message to parents may 20

Two more updates from the Government for parents and carers

SEND Improvement Journey E-newsletter (10/05/20)

And finally – some pictures of the fabulous work that has been going on in the Pendlebury Centre over the last week:




Thursday 7th May 2020

Ten ways for parents to help children cope with change:

change – tips for parents

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Please access the links below for useful information regarding staying safe online during lockdown:

Well-being top tips for families:

Relational Round Up May 1

Updated Government guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

Monday 4th May 2020

Help and support for schools and families to help deal with bereavement and loss

Dealing with grief and loss in the face of COVID-19 Final Version

Loss and Bereavement booklet incl coronavirus Version 6

Friday 1st May 2020

Some general advice for parents/carers about what to do if your child becomes unwell during the Coronavirus pandemic

Parent_Guide_COVID-19 Final

Helpful information from Stockport MBC to help you and your family

Thursday 30th April 2020

The amazing work has continued this week! Students have worked very hard on some favourite food lego prints, planting basil and chives in homemade pots and a fabulous joint effort rainbow cake! (As well as working on some science and maths)

Thursday 23rd April 2020

There has been some fantastic work going on in the Centre this week – Love heart tissue paper window rainbows for the NHS and some amazing oxidisation tattooed bananas!


Monday 20th April 2020

Please find below an updated version of Government guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings. It includes online educational resources and support for vulnerable children:



Wednesday 15th April 2020

Here in a link to a website that ARC (Arts for Recovery in the Community) have launched. Each week they will be adding a new activity sheet – have fun!

An update on SEN – your questions answered:

Updating your SEN information report in light of COVID


Thursday 9th April 2020

New service available  – HYMS crisis number (24 hour – for young people, adults/carers etc)

Phone:   0333 200 4339


Wednesday 8th April 2020

Please find below a link to some very useful information for parents/carers on Anxiety in Children and the Corona Virus – 12 Practical Ideas for Home.

Anxiety in children and the Coronavirus

Friday 3rd April 2020

Year 11 GCSE examination update

Further information has now been released on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020. Please click on the links below:

Letter to students:

Guidance for students, parents and carers:

The BBC have also produced an easy read version, please click on the link below:

And finally for today, the latest SEND e-newsletter

Issue 15 3.4.20 FINAL

Wednesday 1st April 2020

An update – latest information from the Children’s commissioner:

Issue 13 1st April 2020

Please find below the latest SEND e-newsletter for Parents/carers offering lots of useful information and advice.

SEND e-newsletter March 2020

The Department for Education have updated some of their information for parents/carers.

Full details on Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online can be found in section 6.3 Please click on the link below:

Hand washing advice – the latest video:

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)


Friday 27th March 2020

Please find below a letter to parents/carers from the Director of Children’s Services:

A message to parents 27-03-20

COVID-19 UPDATE 25/03/20 09:23am

Vicky Ford MP – a minister for education – has written to the SEND / Alternative Provider sector to express support during this difficult time:

Minister Ford’s open letter to the SEND sector (002)

Stockport have launched a “Stockport Health Visiting & School Nursing Advice Line 0-16 Years” Please click on the information below:

COVID-19 UPDATE 24/03/20 09:50am

Letter to parents/carers 24/3/20

Helping each other to cope with the stress of COVID19


IMPORTANT information COVID-19 updated Sunday 22nd March 2020


The Local Authority have set up an email address for any parent/carer to raise any concerns they may still have



Letter to parents  Friday 20th March 2020 

Letter for website 20th march


Please click on the link below for further information regarding COVID-19

Pendlebury Centre Covid-19 INFORMATION

The most recent guidance on Social distancing




'How can we stay safe online?'

At the Pendlebury Centre we place a strong emphasis on our young people developing the awareness and skills to stay safe online...

'What is Healthy Young Minds?'

Healthy Young Minds (formerly known as CAMHS) is the name for local child and adolescent mental health services...

'What are restorative approaches?'

As an integral part of its overall ethos, the Pendlebury Centre adopts ‘restorative approaches’ ...

Latest Pendlebury Centre Projects

  • Forest Schools Approach to Learning
    Forest Schools Approach to Learning

    The Pendlebury Centre has access to Forest Schools sessions on a regular basis. Forest Schools is an approach to learning that takes students out of the traditional classroom...

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  • Which head are you wearing today?
    Which head are you wearing today?

    As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” At the Pendlebury Centre we place a big emphasis on our young people coming...

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    Duke of Edinburgh Award

    Here at the Pendlebury Centre, we recognise that learning is about more than just what happens in the traditional classroom setting – what is learned outside of the...

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  • CPD, ITT and Support for Schools & PRUs
    CPD, ITT and Support for Schools & PRUs

    The Pendlebury Centre, as a PRU with a longstanding reputation for excellence, provides support and training for schools. The Pendlebury Centre is a National Support School and our...

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Message from the Head

Thank you for taking the time to read our website. We hope that by doing so you will begin to get a flavour of the warm, exciting and vibrant place that Pendlebury Centre is.

The Pendlebury Centre is a specialist secondary multi-agency provision providing part-time placements and outreach support to students who require additional help with their social, emotional and mental health needs. We work in close partnership with our young people, parents / carers and professionals to help them cope and go some way to overcoming their difficulties – and most importantly, achieve their unique potential. We follow a clear protocol for referrals through Stockport’s Secondary Panel for Inclusion – information about this can be found at various points on the website.

All of our students access their mainstream school throughout the week to promote inclusion.
Every day we are witness to great achievements from our students, facilitated by a diversity of innovative practice from our staff team. This practice has been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted on five consecutive occasions and we are naturally proud of this – however, the greater prize is seeing our young people grow into caring, responsible and active members of society.
We cannot put everything we want to share with you in this website but hopefully we can provide an insight.
As part of our contribution to the promotion of emotional and mental wellbeing for all students in Stockport, we offer a wide range of support and training through our accredited mental health courses. Bespoke school-to-school support arrangements can be discussed and facilitated. We are a National Support School and we support other PRUs to improve their system leadership and general provision.
We are actively involved in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and we are a strategic partner with the Altius Alliance (Cheadle Hulme High School), Manchester Metropolitan University, Teach First and the University of Manchester. For those colleagues wishing to find out more, please do get in touch.

Mrs. J Cahill OBE
Executive Headteacher
Pendlebury Centre and Highfields Inclusion Partnership



‘Everyone has a black dog…’

If your black dog is getting too big and feels out of control, and you don’t have an adult you can talk to nearby,

you can contact ChildLine– they’re available on the phone and online…



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