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The Canterbury Centre provides access to a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils unable to access a mainstream school placement due to mental and physical health needs. Part time attendance at a pupil’s named mainstream school can enable a wider range of subject choices.

The Canterbury Centre places equal import upon accessing an academic curriculum and addressing the barriers that prevent pupils from accessing a mainstream school, for example by offering activities such as Duke of Edinburgh, Wellbeing and the Mindfulness in Schools programme.

Full-time pupils start the day with a “rise and shine” session where activities aim to get them in the right frame of mind for learning, to engage them to become increasingly independent learners and to support their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Where pupils are only able to attend part time due to their medical needs, a core curriculum of Maths, English and Science is offered with additional subjects considered depending on the individual pupil’s interest, aptitude or future career pathway.


Pupils who through low prior attainment or through poor attendance cannot access the GCSE curriculum are offered accreditation at Entry Level and via qualifications such as ASDAN. Pupils may be able to access the lower rung of GCSE in certain subjects and where they can do so, they will be entered. Some pupils may be more suited to a vocational pathway and where appropriate part time vocational course placements with local providers are sought. The school which holds the pupil on their roll is responsible for funding this.

Key Stage 3

Pupils access the following subjects: Maths, English , Science, Computing, Humanities, Art, Physical Activity, Life Skills, Outdoor Education.

The KS3 group is able to be split into two for Maths and English to enable a closer focus on developing good numeracy and literacy skills.

Key Stage 4

Pupils follow the core subjects: Maths, English, Science, Computing Science, Citizenship (PSE & Preparation for Working Life for Y11), Physical Activity and Duke of Edinburgh.

Pupils then may select GCSE options from Art, Health and Social Care, Textiles, Product Design and Creative Media.

Some pupils may also spend time at their mainstream school to continue their option subjects.

Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At The Canterbury Centre we ensure that each pupil receives bespoke careers education.

Our careers curriculum builds upon each student’s unique personality, talents and aspirations.

We want our pupils to make well informed and realistic decisions about their choices, both at school and post 16. Our school careers leader is Claire Cooper.

The Canterbury Centre delivers CEIAG through discrete careers lessons as well as a focus on CBI skills throughout the academic curriculum. We also work closely with training and education providers.

The Canterbury Centre has an Enterprise Advisor who works in local industry. This year, our Advisor has delivered sessions to staff, pupils and parents about traineeships and employer expectations. The Canterbury Centre also offers impartial information, advice and guidance weekly via a Career Connect Advisor.

All Year 11 pupils are offered work experience placements.

The Canterbury Centre has been awarded the Silver Inspiring IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) Award.

Read more on our Careers page:

Careers Information

The Canterbury Centre (Pupil health referral unit)
Canterbury Gardens, Eccles New Road, Salford M5 5AG

0161 921 2550
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