Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Bolton

We are delighted to welcome you to the Bolton PRU.

Although it is made up of several individual, specialist components, all our centres share the common goal of serving Bolton's young people by offering high quality personalised Alternative Provision.

Together with partners, other agencies, parents and the local authority, we aim to create learning environments that are innovative, motivational and impactful on children's lives. We will strive to do this by offering learning packages that are relevant to each child, that inspire them to want to learn more and that encourage them to become lifelong learners. Academic programmes, vocational learning opportunities and enrichment activities will be central to our curricular offer.

Our aim is to inspire every young person to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary, both inside and outside the traditional classroom environment, to fulfil their true potential. Developing self-esteem, confidence and resiliency will be major goals for us and preparing our young people for life back in their own communities after the PRU will be a crucial part of our work.

Paul Hodgkinson

Head of PRU Service

Different aspects of Bolton PRU

Youth Challenge

Bolton Youth Challenge
  • Moved to the new Smithills site in September 2013
  • 64 pupils at any one time. Up to 120 pupils in a school year
  • Caters for pupils who have experienced difficulties in mainstream schooling
  • Some Key Stage 4 pupils finish their education in Youth Challenge
  • Some younger pupils come on short term interventions

Young Mums Unit

Young Mums Unit Bolton
  • Based at the Harvey Early Years Centre near Bolton Town Centre
  • Caters for up to 10 pregnant girls
  • Emphasis placed on academic rigour, social and emotional education
  • Historically the Unit has helped the girls obtain excellent outcomes
  • Very nurturing environment (babies also attend)
  • Judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2015

Park School Teaching Service

Park School Teaching Service Bolton
  • Based at Roscow Fold Centre
  • Children who are unable to attend school due to mental Health illnesses/issues
  • Big emphasis placed on the pupils' social and emotional education
  • Judged to be good by Ofsted in 2012

Forwards Centre

Forwards Centre Bolton
  • Based at the Roscow Fold Centre
  • Caters for up to 32 at any time
  • A varied mix of pupils attend the Centre (Special needs and permanently excluded)
  • Evidence that pupils make significant progress whilst at the Centre
  • Judged to be good with outstanding features by Ofsted in 2015