Personal Development Centre

The Personal Development Centre (PDC) focuses on helping pupils with physical, learning, social and emotional challenges in their lives. Over the 5 years they are with us, they are all likely to experience some element of these difficulties.

We are a child-centred school which operates on the basis that every pupil has enormous potential for development. It is the role of the school to recognise students’ potential, have the highest possible expectations of their behaviour and performance and support and nurture them when they experience difficulties. The school recognises the benefit of early identification of need and action in order to support and involve parents and carers in achieving academic success, emotional wellbeing, good attendance, and high standards of behaviour.

The PDC provides a supportive and safe environment and encourages pupils to explore issues affecting their lives. Pupils will be re-integrated with support where appropriate.


Student Services Team

Mrs Fairhurst – Executive Director of Student Services (ELT)

Mrs Hammerton – Trust Attendance and Admissions Manager (ELT)

Miss Daly – Systems Manager and Transition Lead (ELT) 

Mr Thornberry - Team Leader for Pastoral and Behaviour

Miss Pagliarulo - Personal Behaviour Manager Year 7

Mrs Ambrose – Personal Behaviour Manager Year 8 & 9

Miss Pardoe-Matthews – Personal Behaviour Manager Year 10 & 11

Miss Reed – Attendance Officer

Mrs Murray - Student Services Administrative Support


  • To support vulnerable students with the transition from Primary School to the Academy.
  • To support students after long term absence from school.
  • To give students the opportunity to speak to a trusted adult about any concerns.
  • To offer a quiet and safe environment for students to work if they are unable to access lessons.
  • To work with small groups of identified students