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  • The Park School (Woking)
    Onslow Crescent
    GU22 7AT
  • Head: Mrs Karen Eastwood and Mr Paul Walsh
  • T 01483 772057
  • F 01483 545040
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and speech and language difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 79 boys, 24 girls
  • 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 26th February 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th November 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Despite Woking being the fabled landing point of the martians in HG Wells’ War of the Worlds, the area round the school is leafy, affluent and peaceful, the only visible extra-terrestrial was a huge model of King Kong (gift from a PC games manufacturer) which overlooks the school playground. As a specialist college for communication and interaction the curriculum is modified to meet the language and moderate learning needs of the 100 students. As one parent said, ‘They all look able, but they’ve got different problems’. What struck me most was the amount of happy, interactive chat – where were all the…?

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What the school says...

The Park School is situated in Woking and maintained by Surrey LEA. It is one of 7 schools in Surrey catering for pupils with Learning Difficulties and has an additional 'Language Specialism'.

It benefits from providing: *A Calm, purposeful working atmosphere;
*Strong team feel: respect and support for all
*Achievements recognised and celebrated: both social and learning
*Clubs and social development opportunities promoted
*Languaged enriched curriculum.
*Professional development training for all staff in relation to pupil needs
*Strong leadership team
*Effective behaviour management systems with a positive "fresh start" daily emphasis
*Enhanced creative and sporting opportunities
*Inclusion promoted in all forms: pupils linking in and from other schools, adaptation of curriculum for individuals.

In 2015 the school was judged 'Outstanding by Ofsted' for the third time. The inspection report said, "Students across the school make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Achievement in reading is exceptional. Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional."
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Since 2002, Karen Eastwood MA NPQH, certificate in school management and diploma in autism (early 60s). Originally seconded from her post as deputy head of Walton Leigh (SLD), she came for six months and stayed. ‘I am staying as long as I possibly can. I am as passionate as the day I came’. Recently enlarged her leadership team to take on a deputy, which she refers to as ‘succession planning’. Dressed head to toe in her signature purple with a matching study, she is a cool, reassuring presence, who radiates competence and sympathy. She has recently overseen huge changes in school facilities, giving it a landscaped, designer-look (though not all purple) and has tightened the role of the governors, now ‘top notch’. Her previous experience as leader of a FE SLD unit is noticeable...

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Special Education Needs

The Park School is situated in Woking and maintained by Surrey LEA. It is one of 7 schools in Surrey catering for pupils with Learning Difficulties and has an additional 'Language Specialism.' Six places per year group are funded for pupils with a language impairment. Staffing includes the equivalent of 3 full time Speech and Language Therapists. The school focuses on training in this area and can be described as having a Language Enriched Curriculum. The school’s accommodation has been upgraded. Internal adaptations to classrooms, changing rooms and offices and a newly built Science/DT classroom block were recently completed. Along with the other LD schools in Surrey, The Park is now a secondary only school. There are 20 pupils per year group, taught in classes of 10. Teachers all have Teaching Assistant (TA) support. Additional TAs are non-class based enabling pupils to be provided with a rich diet of social development opportunities. The school has a thriving newspaper that involves pupils in reporting, photographing and interviewing. Music sessions, play therapy and gardening are other favourite sessions across the week with a full range of club opportunities keeping youngsters busy during the daily break times. An emphasis on staff training and development produces a confident and skilled staff who all individually contribute to achieving the aims and objectives of the organisation. In 2004 the Investors in People assessment described the school: 'There is a relaxed but hardworking and professional feel to the school, with a strong sense of purpose in ensuring that pupils are given the opportunity to develop their potential in a safe and caring environment.' The Park is a member of the Woking School’s Federation and the Special School’s Consortium providing strong community links. Opportunities are also given for pupils to access mainstream facilities or curriculum. Outreach training is provided for other schools from The Park. In January 2007 Ofsted described The Park as 'an outstanding school with many strengths.'

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 Y
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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