Pupil engaged in woodwork at work placement


Here at Hope High School we offer some of our pupils the opportunity to access alternative provision to education. For reasons that are uniquely for the individual pupil, a placement may be sort. We understand that a school environment is not always the right place for all our pupils to learn.  Currently we use four different providers, all offering different types of education. Below is a brief description of the providers and the qualifications that are offered.


Apple Cast NW

Apple Cast NW is a charity based provider that “offers a safe and secure environment for people of all ages who are interested in fishing and the environment. Cast NW has developed bespoke outdoor activities which include horticulture, conservation, fishing management, fish breeding, aquaponics, agriculture, tailored woodwork shops and animal care.” Taken from the Cast flyer.

At Hope High School, we have found that the majority of pupils that have accessed Cast have become more confident in other areas of their school career. Thus the knock on effect is that they can then access the curriculum delivered in school.

The qualifications that are offered at Cast are:

  • Open Awards -
  • Fishery management level 1 Award/Certificate
  • Horticulture Entry 2-3 Award/Certificate
  • Horticulture Level 1 Award
  • Conservation Level 1 Award/Certificate

UK provider number 10061538

Please click the link to visit their website and have a look at what Cast offer


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PVC - Preston Vocational Centre

PVC provides vocational training in trades such as Construction, plumbing, electrics and home design. It provides high quality support for young people across Lancashire. PVC provides programmes which progress to and supports apprenticeships, employment or further education. PVC developed in partnership with Preston LEAD Group, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Education Business Partnership, Preston's College and the Learning Skills Council. Pupils at accessing provision at PVC gain Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Construction (QCF) qualification.

UK provider number 10033688

Please click the link to visit their website and have a look at what PVC offer


The Skelmersdale Creative Hub

Creative Hub is a new provision that Hope High have recently engaged with. The Hub is an Arts based provision, homing in on pupils artistic skills and widening their creative expression. 

The Hub allows pupils to explore photography, spray painting, woodwork, music, Filmmaking, up-cycling furniture, community work plus more!

The pupils can achieve a Bronze Art Award. If they are studying GCSE art in school then the staff at The Hub will work alongside them to help them achieve this to the best of their ability. 

Community number 09021446

Follow the link below and have a look at The Creative Hub in action.


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