Warmley Park School and College
School Local Offer
Aspire, Believe, Enhance, Achieve
Warmley Park School and College’s vision is:
Aspire, Believe, Enhance, Achieve
To deliver this, Warmley Park:
• Encourages and challenges every pupil to achieve their personal best
• Provides a safe and happy environment where pupils develop their self-esteem and are taught to respect others
• Responds to the needs of individuals
• Recognises and celebrates all achievements
• Works with families to develop strong and effective partnerships
• Promotes independence
• Encourages positive behaviour through a proactive approach
• Supports pupils as they encounter different transitions in their lives
• Promotes holistic skills for life
• Provides a relevant and rich curriculum which builds on learning in the classroom, extending it in the wider community
• Encourages pupils to make choices and express themselves
Warmley Park is a maintained special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those on the Autistic Spectrum with associated learning difficulties. The school has 150 places for pupils aged 3-19. Classes are arranged by age. For pupils on the Autistic Spectrum, a high structure/low arousal environment is available. Levels of staffing and support for each child are determined by the need which is identified within the assessment in the particular child’s statement or Education Health and Care Plan, and agreed by the local authority. The school has a group of committed, skilled and experienced staff, who work together to ensure that the learning, social interaction and care needs of all pupils are met. We have an enthusiastic and committed Governing Body who represent a range of knowledge, interests and backgrounds, and ensure that the school delivers its aims.
The accommodation is on a single level with a good range of external learning resources, including a playing field, bark play area, designated play spaces for a range of needs and a Horticulture area.
We work closely with other agencies to support pupils’ learning. This includes NHS and private Speech and Language Therapists, NHS Physiotherapists and NHS Occupational Therapists. Relationships with Social Care and Health teams are strong and, where appropriate, Team Around the Child meetings will be coordinated by the school.
We have our own specialist staff to complement the learning needs of pupils including:
• Forest School trainer
• Makaton trainer
• Proact SCIPrUK trainers
• Qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner
• Rebound trainers
• Rebound trained staff
• Qualified Teacher for Visually Impaired Children
• Qualified Teacher for Multi Sensory Impaired Children
• Qualified Teacher for Deaf Children
• Qualified Halliwicke Hydrotherapy Instructor
From the parent/carer’s point of view:
What is the admission process at Warmley Park School and College?
Parents and carers are offered visits to the school. This will include a discussion about the needs of their child and a tour of the relevant areas of the school, depending on the age and needs of the child. The visits are usually carried out by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Head of Department.
All admissions go through the SEN department at the local authority and a consultation is sent to the school with the child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan. The school will then consider whether it is able to meet the needs of the child. Sometimes, to best understand the needs of the child, a member of staff will visit them in their current setting or in the home, with a view of making an informed decision within the consultation process.
The Headteacher informs the Governing Body of any admissions and the provision required. If Warmley Park is then named on the child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan, the transition process will begin.
Children can join Warmley Park School from the age of 3 upwards. The admission process is based on referral and consultation and not a waiting list. Pupils may join the school at any time during the school year if there is a place available within the most appropriate class.
How will Warmley Park support my child?
The Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan identifies the outcomes for the child. This is used to determine how each child will be supported at Warmley Park. We draw up an Individual Education Plan using the statement or EHC plan and assess progress made against clear targets. This is done through a meeting with families three times a year. We use the B Squared assessment tool, which allows us to closely record progress in each area of the curriculum and identify where intervention may be needed. Every year each child has a review meeting when families and professionals come together to look at how successful the support given to each child has been in making progress and what needs to be done in the year ahead.
The school has a strong commitment to staff training, recognising that it is through developing skills and knowledge we can best support the pupils at the school. The training co-ordinator ensures that all staff are appropriately trained.
Classes have high staffing ratios and the teaching and support staff work together to deliver quality teaching for all pupils. Small classes (6-10 pupils) have experienced and highly trained teachers, qualified teaching assistants and, where relevant, care assistants. All staff have ongoing training to develop their practice.
Heads of Department are responsible for pastoral care and overseeing the curriculum delivery for each class within their department. They are first point of contact after class teachers for parents and carers.
Warmley Park has a SENCO who oversees the annual review process and ensures that multi disciplinary working benefits pupils.
Higher Level Teaching Assistants with specialist responsibilities of Sensory Impairment, Communication, and Family Support are responsible for working with class teams and pupils.
The Governors are ultimately responsible for the progress and attainment of all the pupils, delegating this responsibility to the Headteacher. Governors receive an analysis of data and hold the Headteacher to account for how good this progress is for pupils year on year in comparison to similar groups of pupils nationally.
Interventions for specific identified needs including Rebound, Hydrotherapy, Forest School, Makaton, Sensory Integration, visual timetables, specific behaviour support and risk assessment.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Total communication approach including Makaton, symbols, PECS, objects of reference, sound cues and speech.
Individual learning plans reviewed three times a year with parents/ carers.
Teachers and support staff have a very good understanding of different learning strategies and styles and differentiate the delivery of the teaching accordingly. This includes using multi-sensory approaches, hands on and practical learning, visual and structured learning, using ICT and creativity and making sure that the pace of learning is appropriate for each pupil.
The teaching of reading is given high priority and reading is viewed in a broad sense from sensory awareness of stories through to reading text in the wider environment and community.
Outdoor learning is emphasised, with Forest School being offered to some pupils. Community based learning is an important feature for older students who use their communication, social and problem solving skills in local shops, cafes, on work experience and travel training, and to develop their independence and understanding of work and leisure situations.
Annual review report with evidence of learning and progress identified.
Differentiated learning in every lesson to ensure teaching is appropriate and inclusive. This is delivered through the use of support staff, ICT, resources, expectations and outcomes, and encourages pupils to be as independent in their learning as possible.
Focus on proactive, positive behaviour for all pupils.
Daily contact with parents and carers via home school diary.
Ongoing assessment procedures which support planning and target setting.
Accreditation for Key Stage 4 and Post 16, and work related learning which includes work experience.
Weekly school newsletter informs of activities.
Weekly class team meetings to share planning and assessment.
The curriculum for pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage has a strong emphasis on social and communication skills through play. This includes a child initiated learning approach where pupils develop their own learning, with the staff supporting their experiences.
As pupils move up through the school, the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy becomes more discrete and pupils in key stage 1 and 2 work on a topic based approach for the non core subjects.
At key stage 3 and 4 students become more independent by working with other teachers for different subjects. In key stage 4 they start to work on accreditation.
At Post 16, students are preparing to leave school and developing independence skills through working in the Skills for Life room, developing their understanding of work through horticulture and developing functional Literacy and Numeracy skills by doing their own shopping, undertaking community based projects such as working with local groups and planning for the next stage in their learning.
How will I know how my child is doing?
A home school diary is used to share information on a daily basis. Queries can be addressed through this. Teachers may at times telephone parents and carers if appropriate. This will be done at the end of the teaching day to avoid disruption to the class.
The Assessment Manager, along with the Headteacher, monitors and analyses each pupil’s progress and attainment. Assessments of your child’s progress are made on a daily, weekly, and termly basis so the teacher always knows what each pupil has achieved and what needs to be further developed. Parents and carers are invited into school to meet with the class teacher to discuss their child’s progress and update their Individual Education Plans 3 times a year. They also attend the Annual Review meeting once a year. It is very important for us to get your feedback on how you think your child is doing so there is a form which is sent out before the Annual Review meeting for you to complete and feedback after the IEP meeting. An end of year curriculum is written by class teachers with an overview of progress made in each curriculum area.
How will you help me to support my child’s learning and development?
The sharing of the IEP is important in talking through strategies to support your child’s learning and development.
The class teacher will be first point of contact for advice.
Parents can request specific support from staff on a range of issues including behaviour, reducing anxiety, social stories, managing transitions, supporting sensory needs, Makaton, access to ICT and e-safety.
The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and SENCO can support you with referrals to other agencies including health and social care.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Pupils’ well being and emotional health is as important as their academic progress. Class teachers plan for the holistic development of each child in their class using detailed knowledge of each individual to promote their confidence and self-esteem.
Achievements are celebrated through stickers, phone calls to parents, certificates, and praise.
If a pupil requires an Individual Behaviour Plan, this will be drawn up with parents and focus on specific areas of behaviour which will be supported in a proactive and positive way with strategies that are shared between everyone who works with the child.
The school health nurse is available to support with health needs. Medications are currently given by school staff but the nurse will oversee the care plans which specify how and when the medication should be administered.
What specialist services and expertise are available and accessed at Warmley Park and how do we work together?
All staff are highly skilled in meeting the individual learning, emotional, communication, and social needs of pupils.
Warmley Park accesses a range of specialist services including Social Care, Complex Needs Panel, Learning Difficulty Nursing, Child Psychiatry, Educational Psychology, Sensory Support Service, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy and Youth Intervention Support Service (for young people aged 13-19).
Warmley Park currently receives 2 days a week of NHS Speech and Language Therapy, 1 day a week private Speech and Language Therapy, 2 days a week of NHS Physiotherapy and 1 day a month of NHS Occupational Therapy, which is all funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. An NHS nurse is also on site for part of the week.
The school employs a qualified Occupational Therapist and a Makaton trainer who work as Higher Level Teaching Assistants. A Family Support Worker is employed 2 days per week to promote partnerships with families.
What training have the staff received (or are receiving) to support children and young people with SEND?
All staff receive comprehensive and ongoing training in meeting the needs of the pupils with their learning, communication and emotional development. All staff have accredited training in our behaviour approach (ProactSCIPrUK) and manual handling, and annual training and termly updates on safeguarding children and e-safety.
A comprehensive induction programme is delivered to all new staff and provides the essential knowledge, skills and understanding for working at Warmley Park. This covers curriculum areas such as Communicate in Print, reading strategies and Numicon, professionalism including confidentiality and statutory responsibilities such as assessment and safeguarding.
After-school Makaton training is provided each week for staff to further develop their skills.
A member of the senior leadership team has responsibility for ongoing professional development of staff to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all pupils.
Our 5 in-service training days and weekly staff meeting are used to further extend staff knowledge and expertise and to work collectively on areas of whole school improvement. Class teams receive regular updates from medical and therapy staff. Individualised training in medical procedures is provided to support specific pupils.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
All pupils participate in whole school, curriculum and off site activities. The extent to which each child participates and the levels of support received will vary between pupils and across time but we differentiate the activities and expectations to enable all pupils to take part.
How accessible is the school environment?
As a purpose built special school, Warmley Park is accessible with the building being on one level. Many classrooms have direct access to outdoor areas. Pupils are taught in their classrooms as well as specific learning areas. Personal care facilities have overhead tracking or mobile hoists.
The hydrotherapy pool is used by those pupils who have a specified need.
Sound cues are located on doors to support pupils’ awareness of their environment.
All classrooms have interactive whiteboards.
Classrooms for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum are set out in a high structure/low arousal approach.
How will Warmley Park prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new setting/ school/ college or for the next stage of education and life?
Any transition can be an anxious time for a child or young person and for their parents and carers. This process is managed by talking through options, supporting through the sharing of information and monitoring the induction period.
Parents and carers are encouraged to visit Warmley Park when considering a placement for their child. This can be arranged by calling the school office to make an appointment. When Warmley Park has been named on the Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan, the transition process will begin. For younger pupils the class teacher will usually visit them in any preschool setting as well as at home. For pupils already in a school elsewhere the teacher will liaise with that school and visit to see the strategies currently being used.
When a child or young person moves on from Warmley Park the process will involve information sharing with their new setting and the opportunity for staff from the new setting to visit Warmley Park. Where the young person is leaving Warmley Park to move on to college this will be planned with the Youth Intervention Support Service and local authority. This process begins at the Year 9 Annual Review meeting when transitions are initially discussed. Students at key stage 4 and Post-16 work on accredited modules which are nationally recognised and can be further extended in any future setting.
How are resources matched to pupils’ needs?
Each pupil receives support matched to their own level of need. Staffing levels are allocated in relation to the needs of the pupils as identified in their statement or EHC Plan. Where specific equipment is required this will be negotiated with the local authority. Additional support for pupils will be requested from the local authority or health authority if it is above what the school is able to provide and evidence suggests that higher levels of resources would be beneficial.
Interventions such as hydrotherapy and rebound therapy are allocated in consultation with professionals such as physiotherapists and from provision identified in the statement or EHC plan.
As pupils move up through the school they access different resources which are appropriate to their age. This includes soft play for younger pupils and the Skills for Life and Multi Media Suite for older students.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The learning is differentiated by the class teacher to ensure it is relevant and demonstrates high expectations for each pupil. The statement or EHC Plan determines if a pupil receives specific provision to meet their needs. Learning takes place through whole class, small group and individual teaching, with teachers supported by teaching assistants and care assistants supporting personal care and access needs. Our aim is to make pupils as independent as possible.
Lunchbreak supervisors support pupils with their eating and drinking at lunchtime.
Every pupil has a learning passport which is updated annually by the class teacher and shared with parents. This details how the pupil learns, what they can do for themselves and what support they need.
How are parents involved in Warmley Park School?
Daily contact is through the home school diary with the class teacher. Parents are encouraged to read the weekly school newsletter which is available in paper version or by email to know what is happening in school.
Parents and carers can request a phone call or meeting with the class teacher or Head of Department regarding any aspects of their child’s learning and development.
Each year a questionnaire is sent out to gain parents’ views and from this an action plan is drawn up. Feedback is always welcome at any time. Please don’t feel you have to wait to be asked if you have something to say. If you have any advice or information such as local facilities that you would like to pass on to others please feel free to share it with us so that we can include it in our newsletters.
The Friends of Warmley Park is our parents, staff and friends association who arrange social and fundraising events in support of the school. They can be contacted via the school office.
Who can I contact for further information?
Considering the best place for your child’s education can be a daunting experience and we are happy to talk through any concerns that you have. Please don’t worry about asking specific questions – we have almost certainly been asked them before. No question is too embarrassing.
If you have any queries about Warmley Park please contact Lisa Parker, Headteacher, or Ellie Goodson, Deputy Headteacher.
If you want to discuss a safeguarding issue please contact Lisa Parker, Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Heads of Department are available to talk with you over the phone or in person about any aspect of your child’s education and liaise closely with the class teachers in their department.
David Martell and Donna Douglas are our SENCO’s and have the role of overseeing the Annual Review process, referrals to other agencies and liaising with the local authority.
Parents and carers are invited to contact Shaun Payne, Lead Professional for Family Support, who can provide support and advice on a range of parenting issues.
Parents and carers can find South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Offer at www.southglos.gov.uk/localoffer