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The teacher had the children lie three to a table top, three below, to illustrate how cramped conditions were in the slave ship. ‘Are you going to chain us up?’ one boy asked. The children discussed how sharks would follow the ships because so many slaves were thrown overboard, and that they wouldn’t be able to communicate with those they were squashed together with ‘because African tribes speak different languages’. They always remember the facts learned this way, the teacher said...

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We cater for potentially able students with specific learning difficulties. Providing support for individuals who are dyslexic, dyscalculic, dyspraxic and who may also have ADD and social and communication difficulties.

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Since January 2017, Claire Farmer. Unusually, she’s not an SEN specialist, rather someone who can bring a keen eye to the strategic direction of the school. Just the prescription this school needed, as prior to her arrival it was ailing under a dodgy Ofsted, a freeze on local authority referrals, and threatened with closure. Ofsted's return in spring 2018 resulted in a 'good' rating, noting that Farmer had 'galvanised other leaders and staff in making marked improvements to the school for the benefit of pupils' and 'a significant and positive shift in the school’s culture and ethos'.

Her deputy, Ollie Kendall, was previously the school’s SENCo, and she’s quite at ease with deferring to him on areas where he knows more. Not that she’s new to all this – she has...

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Special Education Needs

We are a school that caters for able pupils with a diagnosis of specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia; autism; ADD; and social communication difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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
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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