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Who We Support / Finding The Right School

Our designation is to provide for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Social

Students with language and communication needs, who may present with any of the following:

  • Difficulties in communicating with peers, leading to social isolation and apparent behaviour difficulties
  • Elevated levels of frustration or anxiety caused by the inability to participate in learning and/or social contexts
  • Speech production difficulties with a mild impact on classroom participation and interactions with peers
  • Delayed attention and listening skills
  • Students with a language delay
  • Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (high-functioning)

Emotional and Mental Health

Students with mild to moderate levels of the following:

  • Anxiety-based problems including Attachment Disorder, Separation
  • Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic
  • Disorder, School Phobia, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Depressive disorders including depression and self-harm
  • Disruptive Behaviour Problems including ADD/ADHD, Conduct Disorder, PDA
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Problems related to abuse or neglect
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (high functioning)
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Other

  • Sensory motor skills
  • Functional skills
  • Anxiety
  • Sensory modulation
  • Motor skills
  • Sensory skills
  • Perceptual skills
  • Pain management
  • Handwriting

We are unable to educate and support pupils with the following needs

  • Students with a primary speech and language need
  • Students with significant criminal involvement
  • Students with severe levels of any of the disorders/needs as stated in the ‘inclusion’ section.
  • Excessive co-morbidity of diagnosis from 'who we support' section
  • Substance misuse
  • Students with significant and/or persistent levels of aggression
  • Students with academic levels significantly below age-expected standard
  • Students with a history of arson
  • Complex physical needs
  • Students whose behaviour is likely to, significantly impact negatively on fellow members of our school community, for example by increasing anxiety in other students or disrupting learning
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis / Psychotic episodes
  • Severe Personality Disorder
  • Significant suicidal risk

Finding the Right School

If you are looking for a school for your son or daughter, we would advise the following:

Do your research, visit the school and ask as many questions as possible. Make sure they have the right balance of support. Education should be at the appropriate level with specific support where needed. Therapy should not stand-alone and should inform school staff in their practices and approach.

If you are considering an independent school, check how they are funded and explore their fee structure. If the Local Authority is funding the placement, you will need to also research your local maintained mainstream and special schools to see if they have appropriate provision. Local Authorities will want to place with the most appropriate and cost effective provision.

Talk to your Local Authority about the school you have selected. Some schools, like ours, will support the application process and will work proactively with you and the Local Authority to find the most appropriate provision.

Ensure any assessments are up to date and relevant. This is the evidence that will enable professionals to make the right decisions around provision and any associated costs. If you disagree with the identified provision or placement you can appeal the decision through a tribunal process.