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Welcome from the Principal

Angela DraytonA very warm welcome to our website which will inform you of the depth of our ‘blended’ educational and therapeutic provision, and the school’s commitment, passion and work, which is enabling our pupils and students to attain and achieve their very best.

We are a learner and family centred Academy supporting the complex needs of up to 100 day and residential pupils and students with statements of special educational needs with a primary diagnosis of SLCN and/or ASC.

Our aim is to help each pupil/student and their families achieve ambitious goals enabling them to live life to the full. We accept and celebrate our unique identities and respect and value each other for who we are and what we can achieve as individuals and as a community. All staff members, regardless of role, see themselves and the duties they undertake in relation to securing positive outcomes for all pupils and students.

We believe passionately in a multi-disciplinary ‘blended’ approach to meeting each child’s needs, resulting in carefully managed groupings, including specialist intervention work from our in house therapeutic team. The school works closely in partnership with families, referring authorities and external agencies to coordinate the best possible care, guidance and support for its pupils and students.  We were delighted that in our last academic year all our pupil and student annual reviews were attended by parents.  We greatly value this vital partnership.

We ensure that each of our Year 11 or Sixth Form leavers  emerge as self-confident, independent  individuals, able to manage their own learning and behaviour and equipped with the competencies, skills and strategies to take the next steps into further or higher education and the world of work. Our track record in this regard is excellent, with all pupils and students leaving in the last four years securing employment, training or engaging in further or higher education.

Accredited outcomes are the focus and strength of the school, and these are driven by our high expectations of our pupils, students and staff and our determination to provide high quality, targeted, ‘blended’ provision, across the Waking Day curriculum. Our latest Ofsted report, in which we were judged to be ‘Good’ (November 2017) clearly demonstrates that the school continues to improve; our challenge now is to build on this to secure an ‘Outstanding’ judgement in the near future.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful school community should you decide to make contact with us.


Mrs Angela Drayton, Principal