Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit


Lawefield Lane, Wakefield, WF2 8ST.   01924 303378


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 The Thornes Centre 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.



Teacher in Charge - Jo Reasbeck.

Senior Specialist Learning Support Officer - Debbie Gordon.

Senior Specialist Learning Support Officer -Cate Bradley.

Specialist Learning Support Officer-Tracy Barker.

Specialist Learning Support Assistants - Jill St Julien.

Specialist Learning Support Assistants - Lucy Knight.

Specialist Learning Support Assistants -Rebecca Lee.

Specialist Learning Support Assistants - Matt Terry.



Thornes is an educational provision to meet the needs of KS2 pupils who have a special educational need. Pupils in setting predominantly need support with their social, emotional and mental health needs, as well as their communication and interaction needs. The focus of the setting is to provide a safe learning environment to ensure that pupils are socially and emotionally comfortable for them to begin to learn and access the curriculum. All children will have access to teaching and learning which covers the National Curriculum but is delivered in a way that continues to support their pastoral and special educational needs. During the day pupils will be involved in a range of learning activities in groups or as individuals. The setting is based around Nurture Principles that look to provide a safe supportive environment to learn.  


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.