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The school caters for a wide range of ability from those who go on to university through to those who require one-to-one support. There is a buzz about the school with a sense of energy and purposeful activity. Dignity and respect for the individual is at the heart of everything. Whilst some children have very limited spoken language, several former students are now at university. No student leaves without a clear destination pathway. None are...

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Pontville provides a specialised and high quality education for young people with Social Communication Difficulties, this includes: ASD, Aspergers Syndrome, speech and language difficulties. Accreditation is available across all key stages and includes: GCSE, NVQ, Entry Level Awards, ASDAN and Unit certification schemes.

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Since 2016 Justine Sims, formerly executive headteacher at the federation that included Cherry Oak, special primary school for children with ASD and SLCN, Victoria Specialist Arts College, an all age special school for children with PD, PMLD and MSI needs and Victoria College, a 19 to 25 provision for young adults with PMLD.

Prior to moving to Pontville, part of Witherslack Group, Sims always worked in the state sector. She feels that Witherslack Group enables sharing good practice: 'Policies are aligned. Tracking, evaluating teaching and learning are all synced. There is an excellent training programme and cluster meetings so there is the capacity to develop best practice rather than everybody reinventing the wheel,' she says.

She has established a forest school where the pupils have...

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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.

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Special Education Needs

Pontville School provides a highly specialised and quality educational service for pupils with Social Communication Difficulties, including: ASD, Asperger Syndrome, Speech and Language difficulties etc. Day and 38 week residential provision is available, with 52 week provision available via Witherslack Care children's home. The school offers a comprehensive package of accreditation opportunities including: GCSE, NVQ, Entry Level Awards, ASDAN and Unit certification. The curriculum includes access to the National Curriculum with modifications to ensure the delivery and acquisition of communication skills. The school has its own Speech and Language Therapy department to offer individual and group therapy. Pontville is part of the well established and recognised Witherslack Group of Schools.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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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