All students enter the school on a rolling-intake, starting their programme with us at any stage during the academic year. Some students arrive with evidence of prior academic achievements, including some GCSEs; however, most of our young people will have experienced huge disruption to their education prior to their arrival here and many will have been absent from a formal educational setting for a prolonged period of time. Baseline assessments indicating severe gaps in skills or performance are not uncommon.
Most of our students have EHCPs which identify particular areas of educational need across a broad spectrum of diagnosis, including: SpLD, Dyslexia, ASD, ODD, SEBD and other complex conduct disorders. Students might also be subject to legal orders which restrict, or prevent, their access to elements of supplementary external educational provision.
All of these factors are considered in the preparation of each student’s timetable, which is devised to offer a bespoke educational package, relevant and pertinent to the needs of the individual.
We are registered with a number of awarding bodies and can offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications.
Enrichment activities are designed to help our learners to develop their personal and social skills in a slightly different way to other learning opportunities. They may include taking part in activities that call on team-work or negotiation skills, planning, problem-solving or even a physical activity.
Enrichment days also give our learners the opportunity to take part in activities or educational visits that they might not usually choose to experience; helping them to gain a better understanding of the broad range of options available to them.