Arbour House School staff and Proprietors Board are committed to and passionate about the learning and progress of our pupils. We have high aspirations for our children and we aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement. Pupils will be taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance. We aim to promote a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.
Through strong partnerships with parents and collaboration with a range of other agencies the school offers a caring and friendly learning environment in which pupils will make outstanding progress.
Arbour House School is a special independent school which will provide 12 places for children of both sexes in the age range 5 – 16 years with Moderate Disabilities (MLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s statement or EHCP.
Our school will provide small teaching groups, usually led by more than one member of staff. All classroom staff have received specialist training in the teaching of children with ASD and SLCN.
The curriculum is broad and balanced, differentiated according to need and aimed at creating an educational experience that prepares pupils for adult life. The curriculum offer also conforms to national government expectations.
How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
All pupils who will attend Arbour House School will have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP). The EHCP/Statement review process allows for parents and professionals to review the needs of the young person, including education, support, health and care.
How will the school support my child?
The school will work closely with a variety of professionals and support agencies to ensure that the needs of all children are met. Some of these professionals are as follows: Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapy, Doctors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses (general, continence, sexual health) and Social Workers.
Who will oversee and plan the education programme?
Most of the pupils who will attend Arbour House School will have a teaching assistant who will work closely with the young people and the professionals listed above to ensure that each pupil has an appropriate and supportive programme of education.
Who will be working with my child and how often?
Each pupil will have a programme of education and support; therefore, the people working with the pupils will vary dependent on each individual’s circumstances.
How are the Proprietor’s Board of Directors involved and what are their responsibilities?
The board will have high aspirations for our children and aim to ensure that the school provides a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement.
The Board of Directors will visit the school regularly and meet with pupils and parents to find out what is important to them. Members of the Proprietors’ Board will meet with staff with leadership roles to ensure they are well supported and held to account. They ensure that the Executive Head Teacher sets challenging targets for herself and the teaching team.
How does the school know how effective its arrangements and provision for children with special educational needs are?
Pupils and their families will be asked for their views of the school often. The quality of provision available at Arbour House School will be subject to inspection from the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). Reports cover the breadth of the inspection which includes Leadership and Management; Outcomes for Learners and also the Pupil Welfare and Safety.
The reports when available will be published on our Statutory information page.
Information about the school’s policies for making provision for pupils with special educational needs whether or not pupils have EHC Plans, including
We will encourage Parents/Carers to make a visit to the school at the earliest opportunity, preferably before the completion of a statutory assessment or Annual Review. The focus of the visit will be upon parent/carer viewing the school.
If requested, key staff from Arbour House School will attend a Annual Review at the young person’s existing school.
A draft Statement of Educational Need/or EHC Plan is received by the school from the local authority requesting consideration of pupil for admission.
If a place is available and everyone is agreed on the suitability of the referral, the local authority is informed. Staff from Arbour House School may visit the home or school in order to observe the child in the classroom and liaise with staff who have knowledge of the child.
If the Proprietors Board in partnership with the Executive Head Teacher decide the school cannot meet the child’s needs the Authority is advised the reasons for this decision in a form that can be shared with parents.
The local authority will arrange transport in accordance with its own Home to School Transport policy (in draft).
An induction programme, appropriate to the individual child, will be drawn up to support transfer to Arbour House School. This may include:
visits by key staff between schools
additional visits/part-time placement to support move by child to Arbour House School
visits to coincide with mainstream secondary induction programme for Year 6
Requests for pupil admission from other LAs are made through Dorset County Council Local Authority.
Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and about how specialist expertise will be secured.
Staff at Arbour House School will be skilled professionals and bring a wealth of expertise and experience across the field of special education.
All staff will undertake a compulsory rigorous training programme and professional updating at Arbour House School and are encouraged to undertake personal professional development throughout their careers.Training includes: Health and Safety, e-Safety, Safeguarding Children, TEACCH strategies, behaviour management and physical intervention and prevention; Makaton and Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and First Aid.
How will the school curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Arbour House School will offers a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at creating an educational experience that prepares pupils for adult life. The curriculum offer also conforms to national government expectations.
Our pupils will represent a very wide range of abilities and in response to an initial assessment the pupil will embark on an appropriate curriculum pathway leading to a variety of post school destinations.
Further details on our curriculum can be found here.
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