Cloughside College

Post 16
Special school
Bury New Road
M25 3BL
0161 7724625
11 - 19
Community Special School
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals

School Description

The college provides education for students with mental health conditions who are being treated within the Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust’s hospital at Prestwich. The college is maintained by Bury local authority although students are admitted from all parts of Greater Manchester and beyond. The college has its own governing body, which includes two representatives of the Trust. Two adjacent but separate units make up the college. Junction 17 provides for young people who have been admitted to hospital on mental health grounds but who remain registered with their home school. Most students in Junction 17 are in-patients but a few are day patients. The Gardener Unit is a medium secure, forensic psychiatric unit for up to 10 young men. The majority of students are post-16. Their length of stay with the college varies greatly. The turnover of students at Junction 17 is high. The average length of a student’s stay at Junction 17 is about three months. Students at the Gardener Unit stay longer, with an average stay of about nine months. Students come from a broad range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. The college receives no part of the pupil premium, the government grant aimed at supporting students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. For the students who are eligible, the home school retains this grant. A new headteacher took up post in April 2013, shortly after the college was placed in special measures.

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