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The curriculum is used as a stimulus for art work in the school, with the usual array of Viking boats and Roman villages but there is stronger emphasis on materials and learning skills than in most schools. Children learn how to cut metal and throw pots by working side by side with craft professionals. Working alongside a skilled crafts person develops a different relationship so pupils are not just engaged in academic learning but also fulfilling many of the targets set by the form tutors including social skills.

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Since May 2019, Eric Knutsen. Arrived from the US as a student, but has now put down 30 year roots in the north of England. His early career was concerned with spreading effective use of computing across a school cluster, and acting as part of the senior leadership team in a large secondary school.

He then became assistant head in a school for the deaf where he mastered sign language and revitalised its post-16 provision; followed by a stint as head teacher of a school in Derbyshire for students with acute social, emotional, mental health and behavioural needs.


While many children would benefit from the intensive support and therapeutic environment the school offers, the important thing is that they fit the community and are in a position to make the most of...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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