At The Valley School, we welcome pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs (SEN). All of our pupils have learning difficulties and a large majority also have autism and/or speech, language and/or communication needs.
We believe in “different for different”, so our aim is to treat every pupil according to their individual needs, preferences and the barriers that get in the way of effective learning.
We have a very talented and passionate staff team. All our teachers have full Qualified Teacher Status and are ably supported by a large team of highly-skilled Learning Partners. Our staff represent a wide range of ages and experience and come from Primary, Secondary and Special School backgrounds. Staff lists and responsibilities are available from our home page. We have a full-time business manager and a team of office staff to support the smooth running of the school. Our site staff work hard to maintain a very large school site. We are situated on a large and pleasant site with enclosed quads to house a range of animals, including our own chickens and a school dog called Doris.
The size of our site means that there is plenty of space for pupils to develop skills for unstructured time and for keeping fit. We have external gym equipment and an outdoor play area with climbing and balancing activities. Pupils have been able to influence decisions about the school environment and are involved in looking after the animals. They have worked with “Groundworks” to landscape areas of the school, build decking and steps, re-plant areas and build safe areas for animals.
Our curriculum model allows us to offer a variety of appropriate pathways for our pupils. Some are able to concentrate on academic progression and others are able to follow vocational routes. All of our pupils attend the local college in KS4 and are also involved in work experience placements. Over the last few years, all of our pupils have moved on to college courses and we work closely with the local college to make the transition positive and well-prepared.
We welcome frequent contact with our parents and carers. This begins before pupils start at the school and the relationship is central to each pupil’s journey through the school. A full written report is compiled once a year and is followed immediately by an opportunity to meet every one of the teachers to discuss its content. The Annual Reviews follow soon after and allow us to work together to ensure that we continue to provide the right learning experience for every pupil. We also invite families to join us for a Christmas Concert and a yearly School Production involving the majority of the school, and a vast range of other regular events. We host parenting courses, workshops and visiting speakers. The Friends of The Valley School support many activities during the year and help to raise money.