The Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit which is based in Billingham has converted to academy status and joined Tees Valley Collaborative Trust.
Supporting some of the most vulnerable children in the area, the Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit educates permanently excluded young people from across Stockton at Key Stage 3 & 4.
The Department of Education has now officially approved the conversion, with Bishopton joining the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust on Saturday 1st May.
After conducting extensive research, the Management Committee of Bishopton decided that it is in the school’s best interest to convert to academy status and join Tees Valley Collaborative Trust. Academies receive funding directly from the government and are run by an Academy Trust. They have more control over how they do things than Local Authority Maintained schools.
The Tees Valley Collaborative Trust currently comprises Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College, and Errington Primary School. Part of the Trust’s provision also includes Endeavour, Strive and Haven – Enhanced Mainstream bases for pupils with social, emotional and mental health issues.
The Trust has an inclusive ethos and is whole-heartedly committed to supporting all young people to achieve their potential, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
In a further positive development, Stockton Borough Council has committed to a significant programme of building works at the Bishopton site that will extend and refurbish the existing buildings to create a modern, flexible and high-quality learning environment.
Chair of the Management Committee, Susan Cain stated:
“We believe that the conversion to Academy status will help us to work with more young people in even more flexible and innovative ways and have sought out a Trust that will help us to do this.”
Co-Head Teachers Rachel Campbell and Emily Carr identified the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust (TVCT) as the Trust that Bishopton would like to join:
“Working with the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust we will continue to develop our students and staff. Becoming an Academy will help us to continue our journey to becoming an outstanding PRU, and this will be accelerated with the additional resources and support that will be available from the Trust. We are very excited at the possibilities this can offer to our students and staff.”
The CEO of the Trust, Joanna Bailey, outlined her vision for the partnership:
“Tees Valley Collaborative Trust has an absolute commitment to supporting every young person to achieve and we are delighted that Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit has joined us. We believe that through collaborative working we will raise aspirations, improve outcomes and educational experiences for all the young people in our care. The commitment of Stockton Borough Council to fund improvement works at the site is the best possible news to support the academy in helping vulnerable young people to progress and achieve.”