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Please click here to view the latest School Closure Letter (17/04/2020)


School is beginning to open to pupils on phased basis as per the government guidance, school attendance is by invitation and prior arrangement only. To arrange for your child to come back to school please contact your key worker who has been contacting you through the Covid-19 closure.


Following the Government directive we aim to open our schools on the 8th June to some pupils. Parents and carers will be contacted to discuss the arrangements for this.  It is essential you are clear on the provision you may require; however our school will phase the return to full capacity  over a number of weeks.
Attached is a letter to ensure that returning to school will be part of the 'new normal'
Mike Pride
Executive Headteacher


Key Worker Information

In order to comply with the Government’s guidance with regard to shutting schools and providing places for key worker children, it is necessary for us to collect and manage data about these children and their parents/carers in a different way.


Our standard GDPR policy applies, and information found on our privacy notices relating to staff, parents and of course pupils will apply in all cases.


We will use the information that relates to key workers in order to ensure that those children who are entitled to a place at school whilst schools are officially closed are correctly processed, managed and safeguarded.


The Data Controller continues to take its obligations to data processing seriously and will ensure that appropriate safeguards and measures are in place.

Our School

Newton’s Walk Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) is positioned near the centre of Derby City. Our function within the City is multifaceted. First and foremost we are the named provision that provides ‘day 6’ education when a pupil is excluded from a mainstream primary school.

We also provide external behaviour support to city-wide Primary Schools via referrals to the Primary Behaviour Panel. Assessment is carried out and support packages offered on an individual needs basis.

There is also an opportunity for small groups of ‘at risk’ children to attend a 10 week (1 day per week) ‘shared placement’ intervention at Newton’s Walk.

The Complex Case team (CCT) provides holistic support to pupils and their families. This includes individual home support, parenting courses and early preventative support to city wide schools through referrals to Primary Behaviour Panel.

Another important role of the CCT is through the Enhancing Family Success Programme. This is funded by National Health and aims to offer early intervention to city-wide families (both parents and pupils) who are identified by their schools as ‘at risk’ of high level behaviours in later life.

The immediate impact for all of our pupils (and their families) upon arrival is social isolation. Most children are transported by taxi and tend to have received exclusions as individuals rather than in groups. Historically, when Pupils are excluded from their Primary Provision their relationships with adults and peers have broken down. From the outset, our dedicated team work closely with the family and the pupil to re-build trust and offer individually tailored support packages both academic and pastoral.

Our ultimate aim is to reintegrate pupils to mainstream school. The transition process begins at entry to Newton’s Walk with parents and carers being made aware of the procedures and ‘ideal’ timeline towards successful exit. This transition process starts with the Complex Case Team (CCT) who work closely with the parents, carers, teaching staff and Multi-agency Professionals to ensure that each case is considered carefully. At year 6 every Pupil is given additional support for the transition to Secondary School. The teaching groups are small (ideally not more than 12 to a class) and nurturing. Upon entry each pupil is carefully assessed, in the home, so that they can either be successfully placed in the correct class that will meet their individual needs or alternatively transitioned straight out to a more suitable school. Through this specialised and inclusive approach we endeavour to allow every pupil the chance to SHINE (to be Successful, Happy, Independent, Nurtured and Enthusiastic about their learning). This is in line with our whole school Vision.