Pupil Referral Unit
Lawefield Lane, Wakefield
Thornes Nurture Unit is a small school for children who are 7 to 11 years old.
We are a specialist setting with 6 places. All children have profound social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Many children also have communication and interaction needs.
Children learn and gain skills to enable them to reach their full potential. This includes English and maths. However, our curriculum also has a strong emphasis on SEMH development.
We are on the site of a mainstream school (Lawefield Lane Primary). We have good links with the school which allows us to work together on things like school dinners or cleaning. However, we are a specialist setting that is fully separate from the school.
The setting is based on the Nurture Principles. These help provide a safe, supportive environment to learn. For more info on nurture, please see www.nurtureuk.org/nurture
Interventions and Therapies
We provide a range of interventions. These are often outlined in the child’s EHCP.
We also assess each child’s SEMH needs using a system called the Boxall profile.
Our responses vary from child to child and term to term. They include:
If we need extra SEND advice, we work with various services. For example, we can link with Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy, CAMHS or Speech and Language. We always ask parental consent before we make any referral to these services.
Teacher in Charge
Senior Specialist Learning Support Officer
Specialist Learning Support Assistants
All our children have an Education Health and Care Plan. Typically, parents request a place at Woodlands via an EHCP Annual Review (or early annual review).
Prior to admission:
The next steps are:
If a place is approved, we contact you (or feel free to get in touch) to chat about the next steps towards joining us.
Our Children's Work
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You can find us just outside Wakefield City Centre, close to Thornes Park. We are based in adapted buildings on the site of Lawefield Lane Primary School.