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Precis about PFS.

  • Headteacher’s Welcome

    A warm welcome to Pears Family School website.

    Thank you for visiting our website. I am delighted to welcome you to our school. The Pears Family School is proud to be a tolerant and caring learning community welcoming students from all cultures and faiths. Our vision is to provide vulnerable young people and their families with a therapeutic, nurturing, as well as academically … Continue reading Headteacher’s Welcome
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  • Our Vision and Ethos

    The Pears Family School is a centre of high-quality and innovative alternative education provision for children, families and schools across London.

    About Safeguarding: The Pears Family School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils and adults who attend.  We recognise that some children maybe vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused and neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of worth and to view the world in … Continue reading Our Vision and Ethos
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  • Meet the Team

    We aim to put family at the heart of Pears Family School but it is the PFS staff that work hard to create an environment in which students and their families can thrive. Our team is made up of talented practitioners, passionate about education and supporting children to succeed. Each and every one brings their own unique set of skills and experiences, contributing to a diverse ecosystem that can adapt to each student's needs.

    Brenda McHugh and Neil Dawson are the co-founders of the school. They are contracted to provide Clinical Lead and Multifamily Therapeutic Support.
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  • Admissions. Why Place a Student at PFS?

    Pears Family School is an Alternative Provision (AP) school specialising in providing short and long-term placements for students with complex needs. Our Admissions policy can be found under USEFUL DOCUMENTS on this page.

    Who We Are Neil Dawson and Brenda McHugh (right and centre) are the Co-founders of Pears Family School (PFS). Both are Consultant Psychotherapists who have worked for over 20 years within the NHS developing the evidence-based therapeutic intervention which will be used at TFS. Stephen Taylor NPQH (left) was the Founding Headteacher of TFS. Stephen … Continue reading Admissions. Why Place a Student at PFS?
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  • What Ofsted said…

    In line with the Department of Education's commitment to inspect all free schools within the first 3 years, an Ofsted inspection team visited the Family School in June 2017. The full report can be found under USEFUL DOCUMENTS on this page. The Family School received an Outstanding grade for their work which highlighted key outcomes for pupils including:

    Behaviour Pupils’ behaviour improves rapidly when they join the school. Pupils were unfailingly respectful, friendly, polite and honest during the inspection. There were no incidents of poor behaviour. Pupils are confident that staff deal with any form of bullying effectively.  Academic achievements Teachers place great emphasis on teaching writing and mathematics. Work in books shows … Continue reading What Ofsted said…
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  • Additional Grant Funding

    Pupil Premium The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  For details of our spend and impact including Covid Catch up funding see our report PE & Sport, Year 7 Catch-Up Premium The government … Continue reading Additional Grant Funding
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  • Policies

    Our policies:


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