The Link School is a Local Authority Maintained Pupil Referral Unit, consisting of two main sites. Springwell Dene is a KS1/2/3 provision catering for learners from Reception – Y9 and Pallion, a KS4 provision catering for learners in Y10 and Y11.

Springwell Dene has 99 places commissioned by Together for Children.

Pallion has 90 places commissioned by Together for Children.

These places are for permanently excluded learners or learners on the verge of exclusion.

The Link School also operates two assessment Hubs, one for KS2 based at Hudson Road and one for KS3 based at Oxclose. Each hub is commissioned for 12 places. From April 2023, The Link School will open an additional assessment Hub at Hetton. Admissions criteria for this provision will be written, prior to opening and this policy will be reviewed to reflect the criteria.

Any learner referred should be presenting continuing, concerning, challenging behaviour and they will have received substantial interventive actions from within their Mainstream schools, involving and following advice from external agencies.


  • To provide a clear transparent admissions process that is understood by service users (learners) and service providers (staff).
  • Provide information so that schools whose learners require additional support are clear about the availability and the nature of the support.
  • To ensure that the base and purchased funding supports the level of learner placement/intervention.
  • To enable formulated consideration to be given to each learner’s age and their likely reception to positive intervention strategies


  • Service users understand the nature of the PRUs business and understand the criteria for placement.
  • That there is a clear criterion for deciding which learners should have priority for the limited placements.

You can read our Admissions Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  Admissions Policy – PDF



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777



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