Coventry pupil referral unit will become academy run by trust outside the city

A Coventry pupil referral unit will become an academy run by a trust outside the city this September. The move for the Coventry Extended Learning Centre (ELC) was confirmed on Tuesday, April 16.

It means the school will join a Solihull-based trust. The so-called pupil referral unit, with sites in the north-east of the city centre, will change its name to the “Coventry Alternative Provision Academy.”

The academy conversion was ordered by the government in 2023 after the school was told to improve by Ofsted twice in a row, in 2018 and 2022. But a council officer insisted at a meeting that the unit which helps children go back to mainstream schools is “in a significantly better place.”


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The change is “going to be a positive move forward for them as (it) will be working with a specialised provider,” claimed head of education improvement and standards, Rachael Sugars. The unit, which currently has 120 pupils who are permanently excluded from schools in the city, will still take on children from Coventry who need the support, she confirmed.

She made the comments at a meeting on April 16 of council cabinet members to approve the conversion, which includes granting 125-year “peppercorn” leases of the school’s buildings to the trust. Asked about the land and property involved, Ms Sugars confirmed it includes ‘The Herald,’ a site at Potter’s Green, and the council has “invested into that provision.”

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