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 in Annual Review and Individual Education Plan meetings.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.
In years 7-9, we provide a full curriculum, using strategies appropriate for the students. All subject areas are reviewed and taught, taking into account the ability and interests of the students.
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 a creative arts course.
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, twice a year. 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 within the High Peak, 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.