On behalf of the staff, pupils and Governors I am delighted to welcome you to our school. At Heritage House School we recognise that the choice of school for your child is one of the most important decisions you make in life. In preparing this information I hope to give you an idea of the opportunities we can offer your child and family. However, nothing can convey this as well as a visit to the school and I would encourage you to make an appointment to visit at any time that suits you.
We take great pride in our work and particularly in our carefully designed curriculum. We work hard to ensure that the learning needs of all pupils are met through individualised timetables, support from other professionals and our own highly trained staff. We all enjoy seeing our pupils make progress and we celebrate their achievements together.
When we welcome a new pupil to Heritage House School we recognise the important role that the family have already played in the early care and education of their child. We work closely with families in providing the appropriate care and education for all settings, including school, home and respite care. Parents are an important part of our work and we hope that you will want to become fully involved in school life.
I hope that you enjoy looking through the pages of the prospectus.
Heritage House School is a community special school for children and young people aged tween 2 and 19 years with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical, neurological and sensory impairments and autistic spectrum conditions. The purpose of our school is to enable children and young people to learn and achieve within an enriching, relevant, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum.
In doing so, we will ensure our pupils enjoy educational and social experiences to enable them to live happy and fulfilling lives.
The purpose of our school is to enable pupils to learn and achieve within an enriching, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum. In doing so, we will ensure our pupils enjoy educational and social experiences to enable them to live happy, fulfilling lives.
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Heritage House is a 2-19 co-educational day community special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties maintained by Buckinghamshire County Council. Children may have additional needs, for example, autistic spectrum disorder, sensory/multi-sensory impairment and physical and neurological impairments. Pupils referred to the school have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or and Educational, Health and Care Plan and may be admitted to the school at any age between 2 and 19 years. Admissions may take place at any time during the school year. All admissions are made in accordance with admissions criteria agreed with Buckinghamshire County Council.
We understand our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in our care and those who work in the school. Through our work we aim to ensure a safe learning and working environment for pupils, staff and visitors alike. We take our responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection very seriously. Where there are safeguarding concerns, staff communicate this to the school's Designated Safeguarding Leads by a Child Protection / Welfare Concern form. Access to the school site is closely monitored. All adults who come into contact with our children and young people, including visiting professionals, are appropriately checked. Additionally, all staff and governors are required to complete a Staff Disqualification Declaration.
Employees of external organisations are requested to provide a Letter of Assurance from their employer. Our recruitment procedures follow 'Safer Recruitment' guidelines. Staff receive regular training and updates on their professional responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection. Contractors are supervised by premises staff when they are working at the school. In addition, the school works very closely with other professionals to ensure our children and young people are kept safe.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unauthorised absences from school, for instance, may be referred to partner agencies such as Buckinghamshire County Council's Children's Social Care, Special Educational Needs or Children Missing in Education teams. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Buckinghamshire County Council Social Care colleagues, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
The Headteacher, James Boylan, is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. He is assisted by Jacqueline Clearkin, Deputy Headteacher and Julie Golding Clarke, Assistant Headteacher, who are the school's Additional Designated Safeguarding Leads.
One of the three Safeguarding Leads is always available to discuss safeguarding concerns.
Heritage House is a multi-professional educational setting in which a range of education and health professionals (school nurse, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) work closely together to meet the many and varied needs of children and young people. In addition, the school welcomes a range of visiting professionals, including consultant community paediatrician and educational psychologist, dietician and dentist.
Heritage House School is organised into three departments: First School (2-9 years); Middle School (9-14 years) and Senior School (14-19 years). The focus of the First School is on embedding the foundations of learning through play. The Middle School sfocuses on learning for independence. The Senior School seeks to prepare learners for adulthood and life beyond Heritage House.
Heritage House benefits from a range of specialist facilities. These include a sensory hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, soft play room, therapy suite, PE hall, food technology rooms, sensory garden, outdoor gym, drama studio and specialist art and music rooms.
The Heritage House curriculum ensures that children and young people enjoy a range of enriching experiences within and beyond the school day.
Pupils at Heritage House School are frequent visitors to and users of their local community. The school’s Life Skills curriculum explicitly identifies getting to know local communities as an important part of pupils’ learning and development.
The purpose of the Annual Review of a child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan is to ensure that at least once a year the provision set out in the Statement or EHC Plan is monitored and evaluated. The Annual Review meeting considers parents’ views of their child’s progress over the previous year, especially in relation to each objective identified in his / her Statement, the successes their child has achieved in meeting the targets in her / his Individual Education Plan (IEP), identifies any significant changes, if any, in their child’s special educational needs, and notes any changes to requirements for equipment, aids and access. It also considers whether the school remains an appropriate setting for the child.
Annual Reviews take place at Heritage House between October and April.
Regular attendance at school is essential if pupils are to maximise their achievement and progress at school. We, therefore, encourage parents to take holidays outside of school term times. We ask all parents to contact the school by 8.00 a.m. to inform us of any absence and ask that on the child’s return to school that the reason for absence is written in the home/school diary.
School assemblies take place weekly and on special occasions the whole school gathers together to reflect on important events, celebrate achievements and experience being members of a community.
The work Heritage House concerns diversity and difference in the world. The school aims to reflect the diversity of its community through the curriculum and working practices and to foster positive attitudes to disability.
We have a school nurse on site who undertakes responsibility for emergency first aid for pupils and the administration of medicines.
Parents will be informed if their child becomes ill and may be asked to collect their child from school. Parents are requested NOT to send their child into school if they are unwell in the morning or during the previous night as there are a number of very vulnerable pupils attending the school.
If parents require the school to administer prescribed medicines in school then we require the completion of a Request to Administer Medicines form (available from school or downloadable from the school website). All medicines must be clearly labelled with the name of the pupil. The school nurse is able to advise further on this matter.
Some activities taking place in school time incur additional costs and parents are invited in these instances to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost. No child will be excluded from a curriculum activity on the grounds of cost, and any parents who feel they are unable to afford the cost of a particular activity are requested to contact the Headteacher in confidence. However, the school reserves the right to cancel planned curriculum activities if they are not financially viable.
We aim to foster a spirit of partnership between school and home and hope that parents/carers feel able to contact the school with any concerns or questions which they may have.
The admission pack for your child contains information about the school’s use of photographs. Photographs are only used with parental permission and the Consent to Use photographs form enables parents to indicate how exactly any photographs may be used.
Religious Education as Heritage House enables pupils to learn about diversity and difference in the world, including different belief systems. Important religious festivals are celebrated during the school year. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Buckinghamshire County Council’s agreed syllabus.
There are regular opportunities for reviewing a pupil’s progress with parents/carers. A home/school diary also assists in communication between school and home.
On very rare occasions we may need to close the school. Heritage House School is sited on a hilly position and severe weather conditions can make use of the site difficult. On these occasions the school may be closed to pupils and parents are asked to check on the Buckinghamshire County Council website for a list of school closures or our own website, which will also have details. We will also text message parents as early as possible if we have to close the school. There are other reasons too why there might be a need to close the school at short notice. Please ensure that the school is kept up-to-date with your mobile telephone number.
Should you wish to purchase uniform for your child this can be done via our school website which has a direct link to the supplier. Please contact the school office if you would like to talk further about school uniform. Although school uniform is not compulsory at Heritage House School, we would encourage you to purchase a school uniform which will foster a sense of identity with the school for your child and will become an important marker each day, signalling that he/she is going to school.
The school’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development curriculum enables pupils to learn about becoming adolescents and young adults, including their relationships with others.
In general, pupils are working below Level 1 of the National Curriculum. The majority of pupils achieve at or above national expectations and make good progress in their learning while at school.
During the school year 2015-16. The figure for authorised absences was 9.7%. Unauthorised absences were 1.2% of total absences.
In 2016, our three leavers continued on to Further Education or other social and educational opportunities.
The school day begins at 08.50 and ends at 3.30.
We hope that you will have no reason to complain, but if you have a concern the first step is to contact the school to discuss the matter with your child’s class teacher. If you are still not satisfied, the next step is to discuss the matter with the Headteacher. A copy of the school’s Complaints Policy is available from the school office and is available on the website. The information contained within this prospectus was correct at the time of going to press. It is possible that as part of the ongoing development of the school that information contained herein may change. There a range of illustrated flyers that focus on particular aspects of school life. These are available from school. Please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information.
Mrs. A. Coney
|Mr. James Boylan||Headteacher|
|Mr. B. Bennett||Parent Governor|
|Mrs. A. Forsyth||
|Mrs. J. Golding Clarke||
|Mr. A. Cameron||Parent Governor|
|Mr D Rooke||Parent Governor|
|Mrs. S. O’Donnell||Parent Governor|
|Mrs P. Hunn||Community Governor|
|Dr. N. Lewis||Community Governor|
|Mr Ian Thomson||Parent Governor|
|Mr Mark Hindell||Parent Governor|
Each Governor is adopted by a class, which then invites them to join the class for coffee mornings, outings, specific lessons and so on. This helps the Governors to get an overview of what happens in school on a day to day basis. Governors may be contacted via the school.