Individual Statutory Support


Pupils who attend the Hospital PRU must be “medically unfit” to attend mainstream school, either as a result of issues relating to illness, or as a result of issues relating to mental health.

If the child is medically unfit, the LA has a statutory responsibility to provide education during the period of treatment. 

If this is the case, the Local Authority requires a letter from a Medical Consultant which: 

  • states that the child is medically unfit to attend school
  • gives an indication of how long the child will be medically unfit to attend school
  • outlines the treatment plan


The Consultant letter is the first step in the LA identifying that the statutory requirement to provide education should be planned and implemented.

In order for the decision to be made that Pinderfields Hospital PRU is statutorily necessary, the Head of Educational Psychology and Assessment Services  will  consider  the request  from a Consultant.

Consultant letters indicating a child is medically unfit to attend school should be sent to the

Manager of the Local Authority ‘s statutory processes:


Educational Psychology & Assessment Services

1st Floor

Block C

Normanton Town Hall



01924 307403


Further source of information from the

Department of Education:

Ensuring a good education for children who

cannot attend school because of health needs

Statutory guidance for local authorities

January 2013