Our department is unique in the county, if not in the country; providing a safe, inclusive and friendly environment in which students with special educational needs can blossom and flourish, experiencing the curriculum and enrichment at every opportunity. We have a suite of classrooms and a sensory room at our disposal, all equipped to ensure that the students can access and enjoy the provision in small groups. Each student is encouraged and nurtured so that they can follow the path towards achieving his or her fullest potential and independence.
Parental involvement is encouraged and ensured with strong home-school links. We encourage student input into and involvement into meetings and the annual review process.
We are supported in our work by Local Authority specialist advice teams and external agencies.
All students with enhanced resource Education Health and Care Plans have the opportunity for full inclusion within the school. This could take a variety of routes.
All students attend mainstream tutor groups for registration, giving opportunities for social interaction with other students from years 7-11, attending with support if necessary.
Some students are taught entirely in mainstream classes, others may dip into parts of the curriculum in mainstream or Learning Support, whilst some students remain in smaller groups within the Learning Support department.
We take pride in our ability to be flexible, enabling students to achieve in the most suitable provision. Support is given where needed.
All students are included in whole school events, assemblies, curriculum and enrichment trips.
All students have access to all areas of the school during break and lunch times, with support provided for those students who may be more vulnerable.
In years 7-9, we provide a full curriculum, using strategies appropriate for the students with a high degree of personalisation.
Subject provision within the department includes: maths, English, science, computing, philosophy and ethics, PE, technology, geography, history, Learning for Life, music, art and drama.
In years 10 and 11 we provide the opportunity for students to follow external accreditation courses in maths, English, science and ICT. Some students follow a range of GCSE courses and options and where students cannot access these, we provide a set of option subjects within Learning Support. This year these are The John Muir award, BTEC Level 1 Home Cooking Skills, ASDAN Life Skills Challenge and Bronze Arts Award.
There is an expectation that all students will complete homework on a regular basis. This may be of a practical nature or reading for example.
The school policy is that each department provides a project for students to complete over a period of 2 weeks. We follow this policy and set practical projects for our students. We encourage parental involvement and ask that you support but do not complete the work for your child.
The opportunity for enrichment takes many forms including: visits and trips out of school, PE, getting around and developing the capacity for independent travel, community work , extra-curricular activities e.g. India Day or team-building, charity work, after-school based clubs, lunch-time clubs, practical lessons and use of the sensory room. We offer the opportunity for all students in year 8 and year 10 to take part in a residential trip where they can experience life skills away from home.
Enrichment is a key factor in all that we do.
The aim of the Student Support Centre is to improve attendance and reduce exclusions by providing a safe and secure working environment for students who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, enabling them to develop the skills, attitude or capacity for effective learning.
Staff meet regularly to discuss student progress and continuously liaise with the Leadership Group and subject staff to ensure continuity in curriculum, supported by the Learning Support Department.