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Special Educational Needs and Disability

Special Educational Needs and Disability Report

 

Introduction

 
Heritage House is a special school for children and young people aged between 2 and 19 years with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. In addition, pupils may have associated physical, neurological and sensory impairments, autistic spectrum conditions and complex medical needs.  

 

School Organisation

 

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 focuses on learning for independence.  The Senior School seeks to prepare learners for adulthood and life beyond school.

 

Curriculum

 

The Heritage House curriculum focuses on seven areas : Communication and Language; Literacy, Mathematics; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Expressive Arts and Design; Understanding the World. As pupils progress through the school, they are provided with opportunities to promote their academic achievement and to develop their personal and social skills.  

 

Facilities and Specialist Resources

 

Heritage House benefits from a range of specialist resources to support pupils’ access to learning :  light and dark sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, specialist teaching rooms – ICT, food technology, art, drama and music, sensory garden, outdoor gym, activity playground, and health and therapy suite. The school provides – or works with others to provide – specialist equipment to enable pupils to access the curriculum – mobility, personalised seating, standing and lifting equipment, information technology, communication aids and other enabling technologies.

 

Training and Professional Development

 

 Training forms an essential part of working life  at Heritage House School.  Mandatory training for all staff includes :

 
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • Team Teach
  • Manual Handling
  • Emergency Procedures
 
Annual Reviews

An Annual Review of a pupil’s Statement  or Education, Health and Care Plan is held to ensure that the provision set out in the statement or EHC Plan is monitored and evaluated and that pupils are on track to achieve desired outcomes.

 
Communication and involvement

 

Parents are encouraged to use any convenient means of communication to keep in contact with the school. The Home-School Diary is for many the most important source of communication.  Parents are invited to participate in half-termly school events and activities alongside their children. An informal Meet The Class Team event takes place each September. A formal Parent-Teacher consultation takes place each Summer Term. Parents are encouraged to share their thoughts of the effectiveness of the school through informal and formal means, including a bi-annual Parent Survey.

 
A Multiprofessional School

 

 Heritage House School is a multiprofessional environment.  Pupils have access to a range of specialist provisions to overcome barriers to learning and to support their physical, sensory, communication and other individual needs:

 
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy
  • nursing and healthcare

 

In addition, the school works collaboratively with a range of education, health and social care professionals, for instance, Local Authority SEN colleagues, Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists, Social Workers and Respite Care staff

 

Disability Access

 

Heritage House School is fully accessible to all disabled users

 

Key Contact

 

James Boylan, Headteacher

 

 
Tel :  01494 771445

 

 

 

 

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