PATHWAYS is an alternative provision in the Mansfield district, set in the acres of woodland of Ransom Wood Estates. Within easy reach of Nottingham, Newark, Chesterfield and their surrounding areas. Serving students outside of mainstream education in an environment that encourages their academic and personal development.


  • Key Stages 1-5

  • Progress 8 Qualifications

  • GCSEs

  • Functional Skills

  • Vocational Subjects

  • Accredited Exam Centre for: AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL and AIMS, ARTS Award

At Pathways we have created an environment that fully equips students for their personal and academic development. Our goal is to empower each individual student to achieve in practical, functional, and long-lasting ways.

With this in mind, we aim to:

* provide a supportive environment that aids the learning and personal development of all students;

* prepare students, where appropriate, for reintegration into mainstream education;

* improve the behaviour and attitude of each student with both adults and their peers;

* reinforce each student’s self-esteem and integrity;

* instil an understanding of fundamental values for citizenship.

The curriculum offered here focuses on achieving these goals through a wide range of courses to ensure continued student engagement and attendance.

Our students successfully obtain GCSEs, functional skills, AIMS and Arts Award qualifications.

Qualified and experienced staff team, teaching Key Stages 3-5. Courses ranges from Progress 8 qualifications, GCSEs and Vocational Subjects (See courses and qualifications below for more details).


GCSE & Functional skills

The majority of our students study for GCSE qualifications. As a registered AQA examination centre, we will be able to enrol students directly with the examining body. Students will be able to study a range of qualifications in ENGLISH LANG, ENGLISH LIT, MATHS, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY and HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE. They also can include Functional Skills up to Level 2 in Maths and English if this is deemed more suitable, allowing students to take their exams in a safe and secure environment.

Vocational Awards

* AIMS AWARDs and ASDANS are both national Awarding Organisations, offering a number of Ofqual regulated qualifications    at different levels and in a wide range of subject areas. We provide opportunities to deliver a wide range of awards in:

* Health & Social Care

* Hair & Beauty

* Fashion Design

* Childcare

* Employability Skills/Personal Development

* Horticulture

* Sports

* Building & Construction

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award. This makes it ideal for KS3 students and those who would struggle to achieve a GCSE.

Other Support offered:


Specialist Behaviour Support in schools to help support students at risk of PX. We can deliver support in school or within the provision.


After School tuition - to raise achievement and personal development.


Tailored half day sessions for schools on a variety of relevant issues:


Drugs and Alcohol

Anger Management

Sex & Relationships

Behaviour & Consequences

Managing Anxiety & Stress

Confidence Building



Is set in woodlands and boasts beautiful woodland, creating a relaxing and calming environment to learn. With a variety of businesses also located at the site we have a wealth of work experience opportunities to help our students gain valuable skills and experience for their post 16 journey.




Is on 2 levels and has 4 sizeable classrooms allowing us to offer small group lessons and 1:1 teaching and learning if necessary. A reception hall and offices and a small kitchen where we provide lunches and a tuck shop during breaktimes.


We also have access to a multisports facility and kitchen, and are able to deliver sports and cooking to a large group of students.

Please contact us to arrange a visit and discuss how we can tailor our provision to meet your needs:

Head of Provision: (07913816292)

Case Manager: (07769996731)

For general enquiries, please contact the main office (Details below).