Headteacher’s Welcome

Thank you for taking time to look at our website. Whether you are a prospective or current pupil, a parent/carer, a member of staff, or are just interested in what we do and how we work, we hope you will find the information here both useful and helpful. The school is part of Unity Education Trust, a Multi-Academy trust sponsoring mainstream, special and alternative provision academies from ages 3 to 19 in Norfolk since March 2017. Pinetree school is a co-educational school for 40 pupils KS3 & 4 from Y7-11 It is for pupils whose primary SEN is clearly identified as SEMH and have an EHCP. It prioritises places for those pupils who do not have a current long-term school place (PEX/CME). The school is situated in the town of Thetford on the Norfolk-Suffolk border and as such, the school the school commissions places from both counties. Pinetree aims to give consistency by offering education until the end of KS4. However, if a pupil is identified as being able to reintegrate back into a mainstream school, Pinetree will work with the pupil, family and onward school to ensure the right support is in place in order for a smooth and successful transition to take place.


Our Mission Statement:

To provide a safe, supportive and personalised learning environment that enables all pupils to reach their full academic, social and emotional potential; to become responsible and valued members of society.

 All of our staff share the ethos of raising aspirations, unlocking potential and securing the best possible future for all young people attending our school. We believe that all young people have the right to be healthy, happy and safe, to be respected and to have high aspirations for their future. Our aim is to be an outstanding school which offers the pupils a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment where they can develop socially, academically and emotionally while developing new and existing skills to manage their behaviour choices both in and out of the school environment.

We wish for them to attain and achieve their full potential while striving to become effective citizens and life-long learners. Our school thrives on positive relationships for living and learning. This is supported by the personalisation and relevance of our educational and pastoral provision and is underpinned by the necessary rigour and high expectations.

The curriculum at The Pinetree School:

  • Is broad and rich, giving all pupils the opportunity to follow the core and foundation subjects of the national curriculum at KS3 and KS4. Pupils work towards a range of accreditations and qualifications including Functional Skills and GCSEs.
  • The curriculum is extended to develop literacy, numeracy and SEMH skills through 1-1 sessions. Further bespoke opportunities are provided for pupils to access Work Experience (KS4) and/or 14-16 vocational courses offered by local Alternative Providers.
  • The curriculum is extended across thre school using a thematic learning appoach which we call ‘Theme Days’ – to make curriculum links, extend pupils’ thinking skills, and introduce new concepts
  • The curriculum in 2020/21 sees the introduction of pathways and options which will enable pupils to explore more deeply into a subject. This will support and underpin their selected career choice. 
  • The school is committed to CIAG through both discrete lessons, and a careers guidance programme
  • The curriculum is underpinned by our strong pastoral care system

Pastoral care is strong at The Pinetree School.  Our pupils need to feel safe and secure in order to thrive academically and socially, and our pastoral team of tutors and leaders work hard to ensure that our pupils are safe and to help them and their families deal with problems if and when they arise. The pastoral system is organised into different key stage groups. Key Stage 3 has three vertical groups – Acorn, Birch and Elm, which includes a nurture-based group. Key stage 4 has two vertically arranged groups – Chestnut and Cedar – which focus on qualifications and next steps. Each group includes two form tutors who also act as key workers to pupils throughout their time at school. The Pastoral Team includes form tutors, pastoral leaders, CIAG lead, SENCO, first aiders, internal mentors and external counsellors.

If you have any further questions or would like to talk to a member of staff, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school. We are always keen to help in any way.