Our therapeutic support

Our ‘Quality of Life’ framework ensures that therapeutic support is fully integrated into the school day and out of school arrangements. Students have direct and indirect access from Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Massage. Quality of Life surveys from students and their families help to formulate termly plans for each student in conjunction with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and staff perspectives.  All our therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

As an integral part of ‘Quality of Life’ framework our therapists take the leading role in delivering our ‘Independence Plus’ curriculum. This sets out the Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge we believe our students need to be happy, healthy and empowered young people, and to help prepare them for adulthood. It is built of 10 core sections, which combine aspects of Communication, Self-Management and Independence, hence the name Independence Plus. For more details please see our Independence Plus curriculum.

Students have access to a fully equipped Occupational Therapy room complete with climbing wall and sensory integration resources. Some students prefer to work in individual working-bases, which are situated in amongst the classrooms within the school building and help facilitate an integrated approach to therapeutic support.

Highly skilled staff are able to support students in a number of specialist areas including sensory integration, social learning and specific literacy development. They work within the school day and after school.

There is effective liaison with health professionals including the in-house therapeutic team, whose members advise on physical, emotional and psychological healthcare. (Ofsted)