Knightsfield School

Address
Knightsfield
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL8 7LW
Tel
01707 376874
Fax
01707 321738
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Knightsfield School, Welwyn Garden City is a state special school for boys and girls aged from 10 to 18. Takes boarders.

Local authority:

Hertfordshire

Pupils:

50

Religion:

Non-denominational


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SEN Statement

Built within the grounds of a mainstream secondary school, Knightsfield School offers the best of both worlds, small group teaching within a purpose built school for hearing impaired children together with inclusive educational and social opportunities in the adjacent mainstream school. We specialise in teaching pupils, who despite their hearing loss, which is usually severe to profound, are making progress in developing their language skills through the auditory-oral mode.

The school works in partnership with the neighbouring comprehensive school and the Welwyn Garden City 14 to 19 Consortium. There are opportunities for supported integration, in the mainstream link school, on a part-time basis, in a variety of subjects. Pupils can attend on a full-time basis and receive help and support from Knightsfield School staff. This unique partnership enables the school to respond flexibly and effectively to meet the needs of all our pupils.

Purpose built in 1997 for hearing impaired pupils, the school is acoustically treated throughout. The furniture and equipment are state of the art and a new Science lab was built in 2003 which is within the mainstream link school's Science block. The school is fully networked with a pupil computer ratio of 1:1, access to the Internet and a huge range of hardware and software to support learning. In the residential area each pupil has his or her own comfortable study bedroom with wash basin and facilities to do homework in the evenings. The light and airy leisure rooms provide pupils with comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The 'Knight Club' offers a range of evening activities to residential and day pupils.

All teachers are qualified teachers of the deaf. New teachers are required to gain this qualification within three years of becoming members of staff. There is a speech and language therapist, support from the county audiologist, visits from a specialist careers adviser and a comprehensive work experience programme. Support from other outside professionals such as educational psychologist, occupational therapist etc can be arranged.

Our goal is to provide the best possible secondary education for deaf children. We encourage our pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills through consistent use of an auditory-oral approach. Our aim is to give each of our pupils a high quality, personalised educational experience that equips them for a full and fulfilling role in society.


Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Aspergers Syndrome Mild
Aspergers Syndrome Moderate
Aspergers Syndrome Severe
Autism Mild
Autism Moderate
Autism Severe
Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
Other Autistic

Behavioural Difficulties

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Attention Deficit Disorder Mild
Attention Deficit Disorder Moderate
Attention Deficit Disorder Severe
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Mild
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Moderate
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Severe
Emotional and behavioural difficulties Mild
Emotional and behavioural difficulties Moderate
Emotional and behavioural difficulties Severe
Conduct Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Oppositional Defiant Disorders
Tourettes and other tic disorders

Genetic and related Disorders

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Down's Syndrome Mild
Down's Syndrome Moderate
Down's Syndrome Severe
Fragile X
Other genetic

Learning difficulties

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Moderate learning difficulties
Profound and multiple learning difficulties
Severe learning difficulties

Specific learning difficulties

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Dyscalculia Mild
Dyscalculia Moderate
Dyscalculia Severe
Dyslexia Mild
Dyslexia Moderate
Dyslexia Severe
Dyspraxia Mild
Dyspraxia Moderate
Dyspraxia Severe
Other Specific Learning Difficulties Mild
Other Specific Learning Difficulties Moderate
Other Specific Learning Difficulties Severe
English as an additional language

Sensory Impairment

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Hearing Impairment MildTicked
Hearing Impairment ModerateTicked
Hearing Impairment SevereTicked
Multi-sensory Impairment
Speech and Language Difficulties
Visual Impairment Mild
Visual Impairment Moderate
Visual Impairment Severe

Medical and Related Needs

Currently no provision for.Can provide for but no experience of Experience of Now provide for in school Centre of Excellence for.
Cerebral Palsy Mild
Cerebral Palsy Moderate
Cerebral Palsy Severe
"Delicate" children
Epilepsy
Eating disorders
Physical Difficulties (Not indicated elsewhere.)
Other

General Questions

Are all children tested for SEN on entry to the school?TickedAttendance at an assessment day prior to a request for placement going to Hertfordshire.
Please outline the screening programmes used by the school.The lingustic and communication skills of the pupils are assessed prior to entry to the school using a range of standardised tests. Pupils are also observed interacting with staff and pupils in order to ascertain whether the school would be suited to their needs.
How many children with statements of need or equivalent do you have in the school?All pupils must have a statement of special educational need for their hearing impairment.
Do you make special provision for exceptionally gifted children?TickedThe full range of ability is catered for.
Please outline what is on offer for such childrenThe curriculum is differentiated on an individual basis for each pupil depending on their needs. Pupils can attend classes in the adjacent mainstream school, supported by our staff.
Please indicate if the school has or has available to it any of the following:
Behaviour Support Unit.
Learning Support Unit.
Pupil Referral Unit.
Other withdrawal.TickedPupils requiring individual programmes for their linguistic may be withdrawn for additional support where necessary.
Specialist language centre
Schemes or Initiatives such as SHARE or Playing for Success.
Please indicate if the school has any of the following characteristics:
SEN accreditation, for example by CRESTED?TickedBasic Skills Quality Mark, School Achievement Awards, Naacemark
Centre of excellence for SEN that is Not already outlined?
Good wheelchair accessTicked
Provides outreach support?TickedAll pupils attend adjacent mainstream school for some of their curriculum. School is able to offer outreach support to other schools regarding hearing impairment.
Receives outreach support?
Do children with SEN participate fully in sport and other extracurricular activities?TickedAll pupils do PE lessons in the mainstream link school. There is an extensive evening activities programme which can include overnight stays. Activities range from ice skating and sailing to trips to the cinema and restaurants.
Please provide information on staffing. Does the school have:
A SENCO or equivalent?
Staff who will administer prescription medicines to a childTickedThis can be done on an individual basis where appropriate by care staff and admin staff.
Qualified teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment(please say how many, in full-time equivalent).TickedAll teachers are required to qualify to teach hearing impaired pupils within three years of taking up appointment. Currently there are 9 teaching staff
Non-teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment(please say how many, in full-time equivalent).TickedAll care staff are required to complete residential staff qualifications. Teaching assistants attend training related to hearing impairment. There are currently 3 care staff and 6 teaching assistants.
Please list specialist qualifications held by teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment.Qualified teacher status Teacher of the Deaf qualification Specific learning difficulties qualification Management qualifications such as MEd, NVQ 5, NPQH
Please list specialist qualifications held by non-teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment.Care staff are working towards NVQ qualifications.

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