Pioneer House is a special school which provides 100 day places for 11-19 year old students in an environment where pupils with identified and statemented Complex Cognitive Difficulties (SLD as the primary need), can access a specialised and holistic education.
The carefully planned environment and engaging, personalised curriculum on offer is designed to meet the needs of students with a learning difficulty.
All pupils must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan naming the school.
At Pioneer House we offer a strong focus on applied learning, with the curriculum focus growing as the students move through the Key Stages e.g. catering and hospitality and horticulture through simulated and real life work experience. Effective and strong links will be forged with local businesses.
For further information and the process for obtaining a place at Pioneer House High School, please contact the Manchester City Council Admissions Team:
By post:
PO Box 532, Town Hall,
Albert Square, Manchester
M60 2LA
Phone: 0161 245 7166
In the process of considering naming Pioneer House in a plan, the LA must consult with the school and the school will consider the appropriateness of the placement for an individual and would also ensure that naming a child for Pioneer House would be in the best interests of the children and whether the school could meet their needs. 
We can only accept referrals from Local Authorities (LA). Whilst parents are welcome to visit the school and can be provided with information about the school, the school cannot proceed to the admissions stage without local authority support. Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.
Although parents can indicate to their local authority the school of preference to be named the authority may not agree with the placement identified. In such circumstances parents have the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (SEN & Disability). The school will adhere to LA decisions.
Private funding of places
PHHS is unable to offer places to families who wish to independently fund the placement.
Communication and Confidentiality
All information relating to the proposed placement of any individual are confidential. There will be open and regular communication with relatives, carers and advocates, which acknowledge and respect the needs of each user.
The school will liaise with the local authority to ensure they are kept up to date.
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