Welcome – The Connected Hub

Welcome to The Connected Hub.  We are a Year 11 only Pupil Referral Unit where students are given the opportunity to re-engage with education in a small, nurturing setting.  Every day is a fresh start here and we believe in unconditional positive regard.

We provide a personalised curriculum for students, with small group sizes, whereby they can gain GCSEs alongside vocational opportunities.  We see education as a holistic experience, and students have key worker sessions, mentoring, PSHE lessons and enrichment activities.  We work closely with our multi-agency partners and providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.

We have high expectations of students, and our code of conduct is based around relationship building, respect and interventions.

We aim to create a safe and caring environment in which everyone is valued equally and there is mutual respect, co-operation and support.

Our students are made aware of local, national and global issues through our theme of the week, and we promote respect and equalities through this and our day to day practice.

We help our students build their confidence and self-esteem so that they are able to engage in education, employment and leisure activities and reach their full potential.  We want our young people to enjoy lifelong learning and be happy and fulfilled; to be self-confident, responsible, valued, and to be proud of their own and others’ achievements.

We are proud of what we have built here and of our positive reputation, and we hope that all students and parents/carers will enjoy their time here and make the most of it.

Kate Schofield


Christmas Activities Week 2021

What an end to a great term! So many students have had such a productive year so far, it was only right that we brought it to an end in celebratory style. We do things differently at The Connected Hub which is why students do so well here and this year it has been bigger and better than ever.

We created biscuits and soaps and delivered them to members of the community; we played football and basketball at Stanley Deason Leisure Centre; we celebrated Chanukah by cooking traditional Jewish food; we went to the theatre; romped on the pier; went to the cinema and learned about careers with animals at the rescue centre at Raystede.

Research has shown that giving teenagers the opportunity to be playful fosters within them a sense of agency and autonomy, which in turn increases their motivation and engagement. We know that play enables all young people to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as to use and develop their imagination and creativity.

It is our aim that through the sense of play our approach brings, students will develop:

· Empowerment to help others with their learning;

· Good memories of learning where these may be few and far between, or even non-existent;

· A sense of achievement and

· Increased self-esteem & confidence

and that this will give them a life-long love of learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

We have had lots of fun and are all looking forward to a fantastic new year.