Referrals to The Oswaldtwistle School


Medical Pupils 

We also accept referrals for young people working with the East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Service (ELCAS) and experiencing a range of medical conditions and anxieties which make attendance at mainstream school difficult for part of their secondary school career.

 Referrals must be supported by a consultant’s letter and the Referral form and all paperwork must be completed by the Mainstream school where the young person is on roll.( details of where to submit Medical referrals are detailed below – please do NOT submit Medical referrals directly to The Oswaldtwistle school as they are to be submitted directly to 

Intervention and Respite Places 

Secondary schools in Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley can also refer students for an Intervention place, if they are experiencing behavioural difficulties and who may be at risk of permanent exclusion – Intervention places are dependent on the school not being to capacity with Statutory students ( permanently excluded and Medical students) and they are at the discretion of the Head teacher. The duration and focus of the intervention is agreed at the point of referral with the young person remaining on the roll of both the referring school and Oswaldtwistle School during the placement and until reintegration takes place back to the same school or to a different mainstream school if this is agreed.

A referral form  can be downloaded here and should be fully completed and posted or e-mailed to the address on the form together with a range of background information listed on the form.

For medical referrals, please see this letter from the head of alternative provision. You will need to fill in this form and this form. The dates of panels for Medical Referrals in the year 2017-18 are in this document.

Permanently Excluded Pupils

Oswaldtwistle School provides education for students who are permanently excluded from their mainstream secondary school and serves the Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley areas of East Lancashire. Referrals for permanently excluded students come via the Local Authority’s Pupil Access Team.


At The Oswaldtwistle School we expect pupils to attend every day, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.

What is “good” attendance?

Anything less than 100% attendance means that your child is missing out on their education.

Did you know?

90% attendance = missing 1 day per week OR 1 whole month a year off school. 



All Oswaldtwistle School pupils are required to wear uniform. The uniform consists of:



Black trousers

Black trousers or black skirt

White shirt or white polo shirt

White shirt or white polo shirt

Black Oswaldtwistle school jumper

Black Oswaldtwistle school jumper

Black shoes

Black shoes


School Meals and Packed Lunches

School meals are provided by Alison (our on-site school cook), who prepares fresh meals daily.  School meals cost £2.50 per day and must be paid for either in advance or on the day. Parents who think their children are eligible for Free School Meals should mention this when visiting the school, or contact Lancashire County Council on 01772 531809 to apply. Children may bring packed lunches, but as a healthy school would ask that this is a healthy packed lunch

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