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  • Springwater School
    High Street
    North Yorkshire
    HG2 7LW
  • Head: Mrs Sarah Edwards
  • T 01423 883214
  • F 01423 881465
  • E
  • W www.springwate…
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 19 with complex needs including learning difficulties, autism, multisensory impairments and challenging behaviour.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 71
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision 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 2nd July 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th November 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

All pupils leave with a qualification that reflects their interest and aptitude. There is a range of accreditation - ASDAN, personal and social development qualifications, functional skills. Popular modules include healthy living, environmental awareness, and different aspects of community participation. The staff have high expectations and work hard to ensure pupils can overcome barriers to achievement. Behaviour and communication are as important as academic achievement.


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Executive principal

Since 2015 Sarah Edwards, formerly deputy at Applefields special school in Yorkshire. Highlighted by Ofsted as having ‘exceptional vision and drive’.

Evolution, not revolution, is the key characteristic of her management style. She is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve assessments and to keep the curriculum closely aligned to what pupils and their families need. Her view is that care needs and personal development are just as important as gaining qualifications. ‘The school offers the pupils unconditional positive regard,’ she says. ‘We find their starting points and work from there.’

Academic matters

Springwater School has 71 children with complex needs. It is a school for pupils aged 2 to 19 but in practice the youngest child is 4. Younger pupils typically have severe or profound learning difficulties, while the post-16...

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Special Education Needs

Springwater School provides a specialist environment and curriculum for pupils experiencing a wide range of severe learning difficulties. Additional needs may include physical, sensory and medical needs. There is a specific provision within the Primary Department for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and there are plans to set up specialist ASC provision in the Secondary Department. Specialist provision includes: hydrotherapy pool; sensory woodland walk; soft play room and rebound therapy. Nursing and therapy services are available on site. The school had a very successful OFSTED Inspection in March 2006.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder 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
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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