Summary of Key Information for Parents
All pupils and students have an Annual Review of their Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), to discuss their progress and their future needs. The review consists of written reports, a review meeting and a summary of the recommendations and individual targets. The review is the opportunity to appraise and amend the Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP. Parents and professionals are advised of dates and documentation well in advance of the meeting and are given every encouragement to attend. Pupils are also encouraged to take an active part in their Annual Review.
Individual Learning Plans
Class teachers share curriculum overviews and pupil's termly targets with parents for them to support learning at home. We also encourage parents to check the website for class information.
Care and Control
School prides itself on supporting pupils to manage their own behavior. On the very rare occasions, when staff feel pupils need physical support or intervention we use the county approved Team Teach approach to positive handling, used across Lancashire Special Schools. This is only ever carried out as a last resort and parents are fully informed about the decisions being made about their child's behavior and safety.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
The school endeavours to ensure that all children and young adults grow up with an awareness of the multi-cultural nature of our society and that everyone knows about different cultures and religions. We celebrate important religious and cultural festivals throughout the year and these complement our delivery of R.E. and Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education. Parents may wish to withdraw their child from Religious Education or the collective act of worship should make an appointment to discuss this with the Headteacher. Appropriate alternative provision will be made as required.
Activities, Educational Visits and Residential Visits
All pupils take part in educational visits which run on a weekly and/ or termly basis.These visits form part of the student’s curriculum and address subject skills as well as individual learning priorities.
Health and Wellbeing
We operate a single equalities approach which is underpinned via our school aims and ethos and is part of our curriculum. Student's safety, health and wellbeing are at the core of our school values. We believe students learn best and thrive when they feel happy and safe. Class staff operate as a team to support and monitor all aspects of the students life in school. When any concern is raised class staff will refer it to the pupil support mentor or senior staff.
We pride ourselves on being a healthy school. 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 the cost. 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.
Attendance in school
Regular attendance and punctuality are essential. Only illness, medical appointments (which should be kept to a minimum), religious observance and extreme domestic need are reasons which can be authorized. Parents/Carers must inform school on the first day and subsequent days of an absence. Unauthorized absences will be followed up by school with the support from the Local Authority, if necessary. The governors discourage pupils from taking holidays in term time. Attendance is an important part of our Home-School agreement and it should be noted that term time holidays are actively discouraged.
Your child’s named teacher will be happy to help you with any worries, concerns or complaints you may have. Please feel free to contact the Headteacher or Governors should you feel that this is necessary. A copy of the Complaints Procedure is available from school and on the website in the policies section.
We offer a 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.