What specialist services, training and expertise are available?
We have an interdisciplinary team consisting of highly skilled and experienced education, care and therapy staff.
As part of their induction all staff undertake a comprehensive induction training programme which includes mandatory training. Staff are given additional training over their
probationary period which is specific to meeting the needs of the students. All staff working in Children’s Residential services are supported to complete Diploma Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce. Registered Managers are supported to achieve Diploma Level 5 Leadership and Management in Residential Services. Training is regularly refreshed and any improvements and alterations to best practice are cascaded throughout the school.
We have onsite Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Our Occupational Therapists work with students to help them carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Our Speech and Language Therapists work with our students to give them skills to access learning, skills to function in society, motivation and confidence to communicate and the ability to generalise their skills in new settings and environments. In addition the Therapists play an important role in the training of all staff. As part of induction new staff have an introduction into the therapy needs of the students. This is followed by further workshops in which staff develop knowledge, strategies and skills for working with specific areas of Speech and Language, appreciating sensory differences and managing students’ free time.
We also have a full time Health and Safeguarding Manager who oversees the well-being and health needs of students.
This includes person centred planning, medication, health issues and mental health issues. We also have excellent links with the local GP practice, Dentist and Opticians in the local town.
In addition we have a Consultant Psychotherapist visits the school once a fortnight and a visiting team of Educational Psychologists are in the school once a week.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs and how do you track my child’s progress?
The curriculum is designed to meet the statemented needs of individual students, whilst delivering the statutory curriculum to which all children and young people are entitled.
Throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on practical, functional activities incorporating skills for life, enterprise and work related learning.
We offer a range of National Framework Accredited Courses including Entry Level qualifications, Asdan and AQA, Students also have the opportunity to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award and take part in the John Muir Conservation Trust.
Targets are set and progress is recorded and evidence collated. Parents and professionals are involved in these reviews. The Statement is reviewed annually in consultation with parents and representatives from the authority. All young people are encouraged to attend their review but in all cases students are asked to provide their views .