Staff have a range of expertise and advanced qualifications enabling the school to cater for pupils and students with:
- A wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities;
- Speech and language difficulties including access to Alternative & Augmentative Communication;
- Complex Learning Difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Conditions;
- Epilepsy and other medical needs;
- Additional physical needs;
- Sensory impairments and sensory integration difficulties.
Each week an Achievement Assembly is set aside for everyone to come together to celebrate success in and out of school. Our annual Presentation Events provide an opportunity to celebrate each pupil’s successes.
We offer an holistic approach to meeting our pupils’ needs. School staff work closely and collaboratively with other professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, teachers for visually and hearing impaired, educational psychologists, social workers and the school nurse, to ensure that the needs of the whole child can be met. Therapists and other professionals work from the health suite which provides space for 1:1 sessions, group work and meetings with parents
Every school day, we offer pupils and students the opportunity for a nutritious breakfast which may include a bagel, porridge, fresh fruit juice or cereals. At morning break, fruit or a healthy alternative is given to all children. Parents and carers are encouraged to send in a weekly donation towards these costs. We manage our own kitchen and endeavour to provide a healthy, well-balanced school meal each day. We request that pupils’ packed lunches are as healthy and nutritionally balanced as possible. Water is provided in school. We request that sweets and fizzy drinks are not sent in to school.
Care and Control
Within our school community we have a positive attitude to all our pupils recognising and rewarding pupil achievements and encouraging good conduct and discipline. Each individual child’s conduct is addressed through Key Skills and Care Plans. We encourage and emphasise respect between staff, pupils and parents. The school has a comprehensive conduct policy. If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of your child or another child, please contact your child’s named class teacher.
The school has a policy of zero tolerance of bullying. The Anti-bullying Policy can also be viewed by following the link on this page.
If a child is at risk of hurting themselves or others, or if the conduct of a child seriously disrupts good order in school or causes damage to property, staff may need to physically intervene. All staff are qualified in the ‘Team Teach’ approach, a nationally recognised and British Institute of Learning Difficulties (BILD) accredited training package that includes positive handling strategies in addition to verbal and non-verbal de-escalation and behaviour support. The Care & Control Policy can be viewed by following the link on this page.