Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit


Cobblers Lane, Pontefract, WF8 2HN.  01977 722632



Prior to admission to the setting there will already have been concerns expressed regarding the pupils educational needs and questions around where the best setting would be to support learning and development. Professionals such as Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology, The Communication and Interaction Team and Social Emotional Mental Health Team will already be involved. The pupils will already have an Education Health and Care Plan. Pupils are referred to Acorns Resource for a place through the Education Health and Care Panel. SENART will consult with us to see if a place is available and suitable to meet individual needs.


We are able to support a range of interventions appropriate to the individual needs of the child, identified in the EHCP. The referral process ensures that the pupils needs can be met within the provision ensuring staff are able to facilitate the relevant interventions.

To deliver interventions services such as Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language and The Communication and Interaction Team may be contacted for support.




Acting Teacher in Charge - Jo Brook

Senior Specialist Learning Support Officer - Ashlea Stenton

Specialist Learning Support Officer - Andi Bradbury

Specialist Learning Support Officer - Rosemary Williamson

Specialist Learning Support Assistant - Rachel Carrigan

Specialist Learning Support Assistant - Richard Todd


Acorns is a small, specialist educational provision for pupils who have a special educational need. Pupils predominantly need support with their social, emotional and mental health needs, as well as their communication and interaction needs.

The running of the setting is based on the six Nurture Principles. The aim is to provide a learning environment where children feel safe, so that they are socially and emotionally able to access the curriculum. Providing safe social environments has a significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour.

The approach allows children to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, building their social and emotional skills, developing their resilience and their ability to deal more confidently with life. For more information please see

All children have teaching and learning which covers the National Curriculum at the appropriate level, delivered in a way that supports their pastoral and special educational needs. During the day pupils take part in a range of learning activities, in groups or as individuals.


The setting offers pupils chance to develop knowledge and learning in mathematics and literacy in a way that supports their current level of learning and their individual needs. In addition topic/creative opportunities of learning are facilitated to cover others aspects of the curriculum. Our main focus is to develop pupil’s personal skills and ultimately attempt to prepare them for success in later life.