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  • 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.

    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 […]
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  • Training

    Pears Family School works in partnership with our commissioning schools to support children and their families. We also want to use our extensive specialist knowledge and experience to support teachers and people who work with vulnerable and challenging young people.

    We will soon be publishing a schedule of training sessions run by our staff and available to our partner schools.
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  • What Ofsted said (June 2017)

    In line with the Department of Education's commitment to inspect all free schools within the first 3 years, an Ofstead inspection team visited the Family School in June 2017. 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 […]
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