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  • Springhead School
    Barry's Lane
    Seamer Road
    North Yorkshire
    YO12 4HA
  • Head: Mrs C D Wilson
  • T 01723 367829
  • F 01723 360021
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 2 to 19 with moderate to profound learning difficulties, as well as autism, physical disabilities, complex medical needs or social, emotional and mental health issues
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 71
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 16th July 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 17th October 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school sits on the edge of a small industrial estate, yet in the opposite direction faces open hills and fields - winter home to the seaside donkeys. School rents a beach chalet in the summer – why not, when it’s on your doorstep? Special mention needed for the fabulous Learning Zone, a unique facility for adventurous and imaginative learning. Essentially a blank canvas, at the flick of a switch and thanks to brilliant technology, any environment can be created here – from one out of reach to the pupils, such as the moon or underwater, or somewhere…

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What the school says...

Children flourish at this outstanding school (Ofsted, July 2014). Pupils making outstanding progress and demonstrating impeccable behaviour are features of our school. The school has an unrelenting focus on personalisation, ensuring that every child can thoroughly engage in their learning. We, therefore, provide an educational environment that enriches and enhances every child's learning and life experiences. Our moral purpose acknowledges that there is a need for our pupils to be both challenged and supported if we are to enrich and enhance every childs learning and life experiences, by breaking down barriers to learning and participation.

The schools moral purpose focuses on five key aspects of our pupils lives:

Fostering relationships

Our status as a specialist college for cognition and learning recognises the school's exemplary skills and expertise in helping pupils to overcome their barriers to learning. We develop innovation, both with Springhead pupils, and through working with other schools and community groups.

We recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including cognitive ability, emotional or physical well-being, age and maturity. We also recognise that, whilst all our pupils have long-term learning difficulties, they may also have specific difficulties that are short-term.

The teaching staff team have many years of appropriate experience and training. All pupils who attend the school require a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Educational Health and Care Plan.

Springhead School is also an executive partner school in the Scarborough Teaching Alliance, and in the Special Schools Improvement Partnership.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1995, Debbie Wilson MPhil BEd Dip Spec Ed. Previously temporary head of Birchbank Special School in Shropshire. Tutors students studying for their masters in severe and profound learning difficulties. Enjoys socialising in the club where her husband is a gliding instructor; she is also a keen genealogist. Warm, friendly, hugely committed – you get the feeling she lives and breathes this place. Says she wants pupils to be 'happy, well-adjusted young people with choices and opportunities in life'. Adds, 'It is very absorbing work - a jigsaw inside an enigma. Finding out what makes the children tick and what we can do to help them learn is fascinating.' Appreciated hugely by parents who say, 'She just wants the best for all her students’.

Academic matters

All have severe, profound or complex learning difficulties, with associated...

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Special Education Needs

Springhead School caters for pupils with significant learning difficulties. Some pupils may have additional disabilities such as physical, sensory, behavioural, severe medical or autistic spectrum condition - all of these are in addition to significant learning difficulties. Springhead School was named as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in January 2006. It was also judged to be a centre of excellence for outreach and inclusion. Springhead School is a NYCAP (North Yorkshire Communication Aids Partnership) centre, approved to carry out assessments and training to provide communication aids for children in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas.

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 Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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