Welcome to the Leicester Partnership School

We provide a range of educational provision for young people, between the ages of 11-16 years,  who have been excluded, or who are at risk of exclusion,  from mainstream education. The provision and support that we offer can be accessed by KS3 and 4 students who are residents of Leicester City.   We currently work with all city secondary schools and a number of county secondary schools to provide appropriate support for these students.  We offer a broad range of full and part time educational programmes and courses and also work closely with a number of alternative provision providers throughout the city and county to provide students with access to a range of high quality, accredited, vocational courses and programmes .

In July 2019 Ofsted  judged our education provision and support arrangements to be good and reported that …..

    “The school’s curriculum is personalised to meet pupils’ academic and personal development needs. Teachers plan lessons to broaden pupils’ knowledge and skills and to give them a purpose for learning.”

    “ The large majority of pupils return to mainstream education. This is because they make significant progress in learning to manage their behaviour.”

Our Vision

Our vision intent

The overarching aim of the LPS’s vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of the young people with who we work.  We offer provision which is designed to addresses the reasons why young people are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. We encourage schools to opt for dual registration placements, in order to prevent permanent exclusion, and we tailor our provision offer in order to meet our students’ pastoral and educational needs.  We identify each student’s needs quickly and effectively and put together a programme which is designed to help them overcome their barriers to learning and raise their achievement. We monitor their progress while they are with us so that we are able to quickly identify when additional support is required. We recognise that in many cases we are only able to prepare young people for the next stage of their life journey and the impact of our interventions may not be realised for a number of years to come.  We aim to increase their attendance and support their reintegration back into mainstream education or more suitable education provision. We work closely with their school, partner agencies and family with the aim of building their resilience and confidence to lead successful and productive lives.


How we implement our vision

We implement our vison by ensuring that we always work with students who are the most in need of our support. We have robust referral arrangements which are based on a graded Pastoral Support Plan model. We challenge schools to provide evidence that they have explored all suitable options before referring a young person to our provision and we expect them to identify a clear exit strategy with us from the outset.  We require schools to provide us with clear and accurate information about each young person that they refer to us by ensuring that they complete an Information Passport for each young person.  We offer a flexible and responsive programme of behavioural and educational provision which is designed to address the reasons why a young person is at risk of exclusion and which also provides them with the opportunity to maintain or improve their educational potential. The majority of our upper school students access a broad academic & accredited programme of study [Including functional GCSE & BTEC qualifications]. We also commission vocational courses from a range of vocational providers. We test our students on entry and track their progress over time. This enables us to measure the improvements that our students make and to identify when they might be experiencing difficulties. If we identify any concerns we provide a tailored and flexible programme of Learning Intervention & Support [LISP]. In order to ensure that young people are ready for the world of work we offer an accredited employability course and access to high quality CEIAG.


How we know our vision is working

We know that our vision is working because our monitoring & evaluation programme and student outcome information tells us that :-

  • The large majority of our students are admitted on a dual registration basis and return to mainstream education or suitable alternative education provision.
  • The large majority of our students make expected or above expected progress in the key subject areas.
  • Our Learning Intervention & Support Programme interventions are effective and result in students making rapid progress in their reading & writing and being able to access our academic curriculum more effectively.
  • Our PSHE programme supports our students to become more resilient individuals and to make healthier and more informed life style choices
  • Students who access vocational courses also achieve well and the vast majority of our school leavers take up post 16 offers of employment, education or training.
  • Schools, parents, partner agencies and  young people provide us with positive feedback and tell us that we are doing a good job

About Us

Our Function:

The Leicester Partnership School provides a pupil referral service to Leicester City’s mainstream secondary schools and has played a significant and key role in the development of Leicester City’s Secondary Behaviour & Inclusion Strategy. The LPS has been instrumental in...

  • developing a graded Pastoral Support Planning [PSPs] system
  • developing a universal information passport
  • The developing a high quality Alternative Provider Network for young people who find it difficult to make progress and succeed in a mainstream school environment.

The LPS has progressed from being a number of separate, semi-autonomous, education centres / units into a federation of provision consisting of 2 specialist education centres. These Centres have a range of separate & distinct functions as detailed below:


KS 3 & 4  Education Centre – Carisbrooke Centre:

  • In-School & Outreach Support (Helping to support appropriate referrals and raise mainstream schools’ capacity to managing more challenging students)
  • KS3 & 4 Dual Registration and / or Permanent Exclusion – (70 FTE places).


Millgate Lodge Centre:

  • KS4 vocational placements – [20 FTE places] – Providing high quality and suitable alternative / vocational education for permanently excluded students who find it hard to achieve within a mainstream school or specialist setting
  • KS4 brokered vocational placement & quality assurance services – [50+ places] – offering mainstream schools a quality assured network of alternative provision providers
  • Each of these functions is critical to the smooth running and delivery of the City’s current secondary behaviour support arrangements.
  • Because the LPS is able to respond in a timely manner students can be assessed and managed effectively while suitable long term education provision is identified and arranged.


In July 2018 Ofsted judged our education provision and support arrangements to be good and reported that …

“Leaders have successfully maintained a culture where pupils feel safe and where trust and mutually respectful relationships are evident between staff and pupils. This is a real strength of the school. Pupils, parents and carers are positive about the school and feel well informed and supported. A typical parental comment was: ‘It’s brilliant, it’s like I’ve got a different lad!’ Behaviour is well managed.”

“Pupils have access to a wide range of vocational programmes of study, all of which can lead to an accredited qualification.”