South & West Devon Personalised Learning Service

The South and West Devon Personalised Learning Service (SWDPLS) is a local authority pupil referral unit. We are part of a county-wide education provision – Devon Personalised Learning Service -that works with young people who have been excluded from school or who have additional needs that are preventing regular attendance at school. We work in partnership with other organisations to make sure that young people have their needs identified and met by those schools, services and communities that are in place to support their growth and development.

With young people we create personalised learning plans that ensure their education is right for them and will inspire them to achieve the best they can. Our aim is to secure high quality outcomes for young people through best practice in teaching and learning and effective leadership and management.

Latest News

OFSTED VISIT

Ofsted will be visiting and inspecting the Service on Tuesday 22 July and Wednesday 23 July 2014.

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News – February 2014

The last half term has seen the number of young people on SWDPLS roll steadily rising, especially in Year 10 and 11, after a quiet start to the school year. New students have settled well and in both centres there is a positive and productive working atmosphere. The number of students with medical needs who […]

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News – October 2013

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Welcome to SWDPLS and the start of a new school year. During the last school year 133 students were registered with SWDPLS for all or part of the year and of those students 79 successfully returned to school or moved on to college, training and employment. Of the 35 Year 11 students that were with […]

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New website!

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Welcome to the new website for the South and West Devon Personalised Learning Service (SWDPLS). We hope that this website will be both a useful source of information and a voice for young people, parents/ carers and visitors to SWDPLS. We look forward to hearing your suggestions about how we can improve our website so […]

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OFSTED VISIT

Ofsted will be visiting and inspecting the Service on Tuesday 22 July and Wednesday 23 July 2014.

News – February 2014

The last half term has seen the number of young people on SWDPLS roll steadily rising, especially in Year 10 and 11, after a quiet start to the school year. New students have settled well and in both centres there is a positive and productive working atmosphere. The number of students with medical needs who are taught at home has also continued to increase, again particularly in KS4.

There have also been some changes to staffing since October: two new staff have started work in West Devon and new staff have taken up teaching posts and support posts at the Bridge Learning Centre. Key Stage 4 students at the Bridge Learning Centre were involved in recent teacher interviews and are to be congratulated on their mature and sensible approach during the recruitment process.

The weather has been somewhat challenging throughout the last half term, but to date we have avoided flooding at the Bridge Learning Centre and, in both centres, attendance has been largely unaffected by rain and wind. Well done to all students and staff who have on a number of occasions battled through horrendous conditions to get into the centres or to attend lessons in far flung and often flooded corners of Devon. Recognition should also go to our audacious Learning Outside the Classroom team and groups of SWDPLS students who have relished the extreme conditions to take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking, mountain biking and orienteering.

The Student Council at the Bridge Learning Centre and the Oak Valley Centre have been particularly active this year. In the autumn term Oak Valley Students raised money for Cancer Research as a result of a sponsored walk in Haldon Forest; students and staff in both centres took part in the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal and sent 6 boxes of gifts to children in Belarus. In January the student council at the Bridge Learning Centre organised a school uniform day and many students and staff participated to raise £40 for student council funds. In February activities took place at the Bridge Learning Centre to raise awareness and appreciation of the people, culture, politics, geography and history of Africa. Key Stage 4 students at the Bridge Learning Centre cooked an amazing African meal; students took part in art activities to create African designs; and everyone enjoyed the African drumming. Thanks to Tracy Ross for organising the day and to David Ross for giving up his time and his non-stop drumming! £45 was also raised for the charity Beyond Ourselves that supports children in Zambia.

This half term begins with exam entries already made for Y11 students and a focus on completing GCSE and BTec courses and beginning revision for the summer exams. Year 11 students will continue to access support from SWDPLS staff and also Careers South West to help them prepare for transition to sixth form, college, and training. Any parent or carer who feels that their child needs additional support or advice at this time should contact their child’s mentor.

Lastly, we have a vacancy for a voluntary position of a parent representative on our Management Committee and we welcome any expression of interest from parents/carers of young people currently on the roll of SWDPLS. The Management Committee meet half termly and are instrumental in leading the direction of the service and ensuring its accountability. If you are interested or would like to know more, please phone 01803 865580 or email admin@swdpls.devon.sch.uk.

Sarah Acland
Headteacher SWDPLS

News – October 2013

Welcome to SWDPLS and the start of a new school year.

During the last school year 133 students were registered with SWDPLS for all or part of the year and of those students 79 successfully returned to school or moved on to college, training and employment.

Of the 35 Year 11 students that were with us at the end of the year almost all gained qualifications including GCSEs, Functional Skills, Entry Level and Vocational Qualifications and left school with the confidence to move into post 16 education or employment .  Their year ended with a most enjoyable and moving Y 11 celebration evening held at Marldon Village Hall that young people from the Bridge Learning Centre and the Oak Valley Centre attended along with proud family members and staff.

During the year there were a number of innovative and exciting activities including a trip to the Tate Gallery in London to visit the Tate Modern - Lichenstein  exhibitionLichtenstein exhibition and a visit to the Banksy exhibition at Seale Hayne in the summer term.  An Arts Award week was organised in July and included activities such as felt making, sand sculpture, pebble sculptures and mask making.  Devon Artist in Schools also worked with young people from SWDPLS in the autumn term to produce performance poetry on the subject of personal identity. The students’ work was displayed to the public at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Haldon Forest. The end of 2012-13 was marked by a very successful four day residential sailing trip for 3 KS4 students along the Devon/Dorset coast. Please see the Students’ Gallery for photos of some of these activities.

Sarah Acland
Headteacher SWDPLS

New website!

Welcome to the new website for the South and West Devon Personalised Learning Service (SWDPLS). We hope that this website will be both a useful source of information and a voice for young people, parents/ carers and visitors to SWDPLS. We look forward to hearing your suggestions about how we can improve our website so please contact us by email if you have any comments.

We intend to update the website regularly with news and information so do let us know if you have anything that you would like to be included on this site.

Sarah Acland
Headteacher SWDPLS