SEND Information

Rise Carr College – Pupil Referral Unit
Rise Carr College is a KS3 and KS4 PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) and can only be accessed via Darlington Local Authority and Darlington’s mainstream secondary schools. Our students have significant barriers to learning which can be classed as social, emotional and mental health difficulties, communication and interaction difficulties, physical difficulties or cognition and learning difficulties. All of our learners have either been permanently excluded or are at a high risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream school. Students are referred to Alternative Provision via the Vulnerable Pupil Panel (VPP).

Clifton House – Alternative Provision
Clifton House is an alternative provision as part of Rise Carr college, catering for KS2 and KS3 students, with an emphasis on PHSE and emotional wellbeing. Its purpose is to re-engage pupils with their education in order for them to successfully return to full time education in an appropriate setting for them. The aim for students is to develop self-regulation strategies, develop self confidence and self-esteem. There is supported and sustained transition from primary into secondary settings for KS2 students. Placements last for 12 weeks, although a placement can be longer or shorter depending on individual needs.

Clifton House can be accessed when the host school makes a referral to the VPP panel.
If a student has an EHCP, a host school can request a placement through the multi-agency panel process and request a temporary change in placement.


Eldon House – SEND Specialist Unit for Social, Emotional and Mental Health
As a part of our commitment to providing an inclusive and personalised education, we have a SEND specialist unit for a limited number of students with an Education Health Care Plan, where they have been identified as having more specific needs due to SEMH.

We aim to provide a range of support to enable all students to access the broad and balanced curriculum. Students access their curriculum mainly in small teaching groups; they may, however, take part in one-to-one sessions away from the main class. During these sessions, led by experienced, specialist staff, students will have the opportunity to develop emotional literacy, academic support, language and communication skills and social skills.

Pupils are allocated places at Eldon House through the Local Authority’s formal procedures which assess individual pupil needs. All students will have an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Rise Carr College supports students through a SEN profile or One Plan which details their Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Some students may require further support for their Special Educational Needs through an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which means the student may need a change of educational placement because:

  • Rise Carr College lacks necessary specialist resources to meet the student’s needs
  • Rise Carr College would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude, vulnerability or SEN of the young
    person
  • The attendance of the young person at Rise Carr College would be incompatible with the efficient
    education of other students

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