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Reach Short Stay School

Reach is a Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority provision that supports up to 80 students aged 11 - 16.

Reach is a specialist short stay school for pupils who are experiencing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Our aim is to support our students holistically and sign post them and their families to appropriate services to meet their individual needs.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Abi Watson
Contact Position
SENCO
Telephone
01782 881081
E-mail
reach4@reachhub.org.uk
Website
www.reachhub.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Reach Short Stay School
Address
School street
off Newcastle Rd
Trent Vale
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
Postcode
ST4 6NS
Notes

Parking available.
Rooms available for hire. Please contact the business manager Angela Wedgwood on awedgwood@sgfl.org.uk or tel on 01782 881081

 

 

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals are made from schools in the city to assist pupils who are having significant issues with their behaviour for learning. If your child is referred to us you will be asked to visit Reach to have a look around and have an initial interview.

Other notes

Students come from across the city and may have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from their home schools. Depending on their age and need, they attend on either a full-time or part-time basis with some short-term placements at Key Stage 3.

Reach also operates an extensive student-focused outreach service including sessional opportunities to students of secondary schools.

 “Reach brings about a rapid and very positive transformation in students’ attitude to school. The impact is profound and increases students’ willingness to work hard.  Their achievement is outstanding as a result.  From low starting points and in the short time spent at the school, high proportions of students make expected progress and more than expected progress.” Ofsted (March 2014)

Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Abi Watson
Contact Telephone
01782 881081
Contact Email
reach4@sgfl.org.uk
Links
Reach Website
Local Offer Age Bands
11-16 years
Needs Level
Low

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?

Reach is a specialist provision for pupils who are experiencing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Our aim is to support our students holistically and sign post them and their families to appropriate services to meet their individual needs. 

 

How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Prior to joining our school each individual undergoes assessments in core subjects to ascertain level of ability and highlight individual needs. We will also have detailed information from the child’s feeder school upon referral. Referrals are made from schools in the city to assist pupils who are having significant issues with their behaviour for learning. We are a temporary school who is none SE. We provide an initial interview with prospective parents where individual issues can be addressed. If you have any concerns about your child Independent Supporters can be contacted to provide advice and further support.

How will the setting support my child/young person?

Each student has an individual learning plan, students are individually assessed and parents and feeder schools are actively involved in providing a holistic support package for each individual. Weekly tutorials are held individually to monitor achievement and highlight any issues that require addressing. Our behaviour policy is key to our children’s success and individual personalised targets are given to each child which they are assessed on in each lesson.

 

How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?

All staff are made aware of child’s individual needs after the initial assessment and any changes are communicated through effective staff communication. Specialist subject staff deliver differentiated lessons with individual tailored activities to meet the needs of the learners.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

All parents are invited to attend family learning sessions; these are informal sessions where parents can learn with students. Parents receive regular telephone calls as well as weekly letters from deputy and head of centre to update them on their child's progress. Each student has individual subject reports sent home every half term and parents are encouraged to attend reviews where strategies for positive home school links could be discussed.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

Reach pride themselves on creating individual and holistic packages of support for the individual child. We have nominated safe guarding staff and all staff appointed have a particular empathy with hard to reach young people. We continually receive training to ensure we are up to date with all the latest policies to effectively safeguard children. We have a resident CAMHS worker in centre. Each child is individually interviewed by our CAMHS worker upon referral. The school nurse also provides a vital role in this area both for the children and the training of staff. Staff at Reach endeavour to provide holistic support by engaging with the child and their family enabling us to signpost and refer to appropriate agencies.

 

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

We work with a wide range of agencies across the city such as: Young People’s Drug Project, Social Care, Education Psychology, SEND service, CAMHS, Family Support, Dove, YISS and YOS. Children and families can be sign posted to the most appropriate agency to meet their needs.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Staff at Reach complete a comprehensive range of specialist training courses to meet the individual needs of their student cohort. The business manager keeps an up to date record of all training which can be provided on request.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

All children have the opportunity to earn reward trips through our behaviour policy. All children are taken on educational outings and vocational visits e.g. boxing, local sports centres, Staffordshire university and training providers. Both KS3 and KS4 children are able to earn a place on residential visits through our behaviour policy targets.

How accessible is the environment?

All children have the opportunity to earn reward trips through our behaviour policy. All children are taken on educational outings and vocational visits e.g. boxing, local sports centres, Staffordshire university and training providers. Both KS3 and KS4 children are able to earn a place on residential visits through our behaviour policy targets.

How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?

Key Stage 3 children on exit receive a comprehensive transition plan. Transition support workers work with each individual in their new setting to ensure a continuation of support. This is a minimum of 18 hours but can be longer depending on individual need. In Key Stage 4 students are tracked and monitored after leaving Reach to ensure they remain in education, employment or training. Students are also encouraged to participate in relevant work experience. Upon leaving Reach we operate an open door policy that any student can come back to us for help and advice.

 

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Individual needs are addressed through the initial interview and assessment process. Resources are then allocated accordingly.

 

 

 

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Through initial assessment and after consultation with parents and schools, support plans are agreed by the deputy and head of centre.

 

 

 

How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?

All pupils on the SEN register complete a Pupil Passport where they are given the opportunity to express their views. Pupils are asked about how they would like to be educated and supported and set themselves goals and aspirations.

 

How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?

Parents receive regular telephone calls as well as weekly letters from deputy and head of centre to update them on their child's progress. Each student has individual subject reports sent home every half term and parents are encouraged to attend reviews where strategies for positive home school links could be discussed. Parents will contribute to the completion of their child's Pupil Passport as their views are crucial to the individualised learning packages adopted in Reach.

 

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

Parents are invited to initial meetings after referral to the school. Parents are invited to participate in weekly family learning sessions; parents are invited to be part of the schools governing body. Regular communication takes place with parents in the form of weekly progress letters and subject specific termly reports. Parents are also invited into school for regular reviews of progress.

 

 

What do I I do if I want to make a complaint?

In the first instance any complaint should be made to the Head Teacher where a full discussion and investigation will take place.

If the complaint is unable to be resolved by the Head Teacher a formal complaint may be brought to the attention of the Centres Management Group. This should be made in writing and addressed to the Chair of Governors giving full details of the complaint being made.

Should the outcome of the complaint still remain unresolved then a formal complaint may be made to the Chief Education Officer at Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority.

click here to read Reach Complaints Policy

What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?

Reach provide holistic support to all families and will endeavour to sign post families to the most appropriate agency to meet the family’s individual needs.

 

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