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Abbey Hill School & Performing Arts College

Abbey Hill is a large, purpose built local authority special school for children aged 3-19 years. From September 2018 Abbey Hill is opening a satellite classroom for KS 2 aged pupils – Abbey Hill Connect based at Weston Junior Academy. Abbey Hill is a special school for pupils who have communication and interaction needs. In addition, the majority of pupils have a diagnosis of Autism. Many of the pupils also present with complex difficulties including a severe learning need and severe communication difficulty.

The school places great emphasis on pastoral care and the emotional well being of the children and young people in our care.

Abbey Hill School also offers support to pupils and staff in mainstream schools across the City through our outreach work.

Our facilities include:
Purpose built science laboratory
Art room
Design Technology room
Food Technology room / Life skills room
Four sensory rooms and an immersive space
Dance studio
Sports hall and fitness suite
Sensory Integration suite
Range of breakout spaces and pupil work areas
Computing Suite
Play areas / outdoor spaces / outdoor multi-use games areas
Meeting rooms and multi-agency rooms
An on-site allotment.

Who to contact

Telephone
01782 882882
E-mail
abbeyhill@abbeyhillschool.co.uk
Website
https://www.abbeyhillschool.co.uk

Where to go

Address
Box Lane
Meir
Stoke on Trent
Postcode
ST3 5PP
Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
0-4 years
11-16 years
4-11 years
16+ years
Needs Level
Medium
Low
High

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?

Abbey Hill School is a foundation special school within Stoke on Trent for pupil’s age 3 to 19 years. From September 2018 Abbey Hill is opening a satellite classroom for KS 2 aged pupils – Abbey Hill Connect based at Weston Junior Academy. Abbey Hill is a special school for pupils who have communication and interaction needs. In addition, the majority of pupils have a diagnosis of Autism. Many of the pupils also present with complex difficulties including a severe learning need and severe communication difficulty. Admissions to both the school and FE college are within the admissions policy on the website.

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?

At Abbey Hill, the pupil’s identified needs will be in the area of cognition and learning as described in the SEN Code of Practice. The pupils may also have associated needs in the areas of communication and interaction (autistic spectrum disorder and/or speech and language difficulties). In addition, pupils may have sensory needs. All pupils who attend will be under assessment or have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  

How will the setting support my child/young person?

Abbey Hill School is a purpose-built building and is fully accessible to all pupils. We have reviewed and enhanced curriculum resources in response to the new curriculum. Our SEN policy details the wide range of provision for our children including the range of equipment and facilities for children with different needs. All parents and families are welcome to visit the school prior to their child or young person attending the school.

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

Provision to facilitate/support access to the curriculum: 

  • We plan a personalised curriculum as appropriate 
  • We adapt resources and the environment as required with the support of appropriate professionals 
  • Staff Supporting Teaching and Learning provide further support for the children’s learning and access to the curriculum.
How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

Regular meeting are held with parents to discuss pupil’s progress through Annual Reviews and progress report discussions.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
  • We operate an open-door policy whereby parents/carers can speak to the class team by telephone when convenient and by home school books 
  • We arrange and support smooth transition into our setting. Furthermore, we provide support when our children move to another phase. 
  • Home visits can be arranged if it is felt that a child will need extra support 
  • We have a Pupil Support Team to provide additional support on aspects of emotional wellbeing 
  • We commission two days from the CAMHS service who provide support and strategies to pupils, parents and staff.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
  • Speech and Language Therapists provided by NHS 
  • School Nursing staff provided by NHS 
  • Educational Psychology 
  • School based CAMHS - Clinical Psychology - two days per week 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Physiotherapist provided by NHS 
  • Peripatetic teachers for VI and HI.
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Abbey Hill School is highly committed to ongoing training of staff. All staff have clear job descriptions which detail the required qualifications for each post in school Training is specifically related to the needs of children in our school and also as required by statutory guidance. Staff continue to gain a range of CPD relating to PEC’s. Sensory Integration, Makaton, First Aid, Safeguarding and PREVENT. We continue to commit to having qualified trainers in school for courses such as MAPA and Manual Handling training.

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

At Abbey Hill we provide a variety of outings and visits relating to curriculum areas.

We offer a variety of lunchtime / After school clubs and holiday activities.

How accessible is the environment?

Abbey Hill School is a purpose-built building and is fully accessible to all pupils.

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

All transitions are well planned for through-out school as children and students move from class to class and phase to phase. Parents/Carers always have the opportunity to meet the new teacher and class staff.

Pupils are supported in planning for their transition from school to adult life. Staff from the Careers Service work with pupils in school to get to know them and to advise both pupils and parents/ carers on what is available after leaving Abbey Hill.

We have a dedicated Transitions Co-ordinator who liaises with staff, external agencies, the LA, educational providers, and employers to ensure pupils are fully informed and supported in their steps
towards greater independence and adulthood.

We also have a FE department for students who are not quite ready for mainstream college. The curriculum at the FE college is new for September 2017, and focused upon ‘Employability’ and ‘Adulthood’ where learners are able to develop the skills which they need to either take up further education, employment, or training in the future.

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

We have reviewed and enhanced curriculum resources in response to the new curriculum. Our SEN policy details the wide range of provision for our children including the range of equipment and facilities for children with different needs. All parents and families are welcome to visit the school prior to their child or young person attending the school.

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

All pupils will have short term milestones relating to SEN and educational outcomes which are reviewed regularly through their One Page Profile and during their annual review. Parents/families are consulted on these outcomes and fully involved with the annual review process. Pupils are regularly assessed using B Squared assessment tool or linked to their qualifications and awards criteria Monitoring of progress towards outcomes is continuous in the classrooms.

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

The assessment and annual review process of EHC Plans includes the views of pupils/students.

The School Council involves students to contribute and decide on aspects of school life relating to their needs.

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

Regular meeting are held with parents to discuss pupil’s progress through Annual Reviews and progress report discussions.

We run Parent Support Sessions regularly, to ensure parents have access to a range of quality information and advice to enable them to best support their child

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

The process for all complaints is made available to parents, the complaints procedure is also available on the website.

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