The aim of the Primary department is to support the needs of children aged 7 to 11 years who have significant behavioural, emotional, social and/or mental health difficulties.
Children attend full time, although we endeavour to provide a mainstream experience to suit the needs of each child, as and when they are ready. Some children return to mainstream whilst others move into the Secondary school, which shares the same ethos and approach.
Our school provides an educational and social setting designed to enhance self-esteem, independence and the skills for lifelong learning as well as addressing learning difficulties, by providing personalised additional support in Maths and English.
Learning is tailored to individual needs and, where appropriate, children participate at the end of Key Stage 2 in Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). Children’s educational progress is recorded termly in an end of term report and in an end of year report booklet to Parents and Carers. Progress is also reviewed annually in a Statutory Review and half way through the year in an interim review. Children’s emotional and social progress is recorded and measured using the Muntham House Outcomes Wheel and we have detailed systems for tracking behavioural progress.
As well as providing an enriched and well-balanced National Curriculum, we also offer horseriding and swimming on a termly basis and have weekly cookery and horticulture lessons. In addition, a wide range of school visit experiences are offered to support the curriculum and widen children’s horizons.
School reward visits are also offered as an incentive for children making progress in personal targets. On a daily basis, children receive points for meeting their targets, which are turned into credit to spend fortnightly in the school shop. Children have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, make reparation and start again.
Children wear school uniform consisting of grey or black trousers or skirt, a white polo top or shirt and a blue New Rush Hall sweatshirt.