Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
If your child attends our Meridian campus, we will visit them in class, speak to their teacher and look at their work, all of which will help us decide the best possible class to place them in. This will all take place by the January before they move to us. They will then receive a social story in May about the campus, to prepare them for visits during June and July.
If your child attends a different Primary school, we will receive their papers via your Local Authority SEN team in late December. We will visit them in their current school, speak to the SENCo and look at their work. We will let the SEN team know our decision in January and you will usually be notified in February. The communication with yourself will all come through the SEN team and you are asked not to contact us directly.
If your child receives an offer of a place, we will send you and the current school SENCo a letter in May with dates of transition visits and your child will receive a social story about our campus and our staff to help prepare them for the visits. We may also attend your child’s Annual Review if it is due to take place in the Summer term before they join us.
We do take in-year transfers when we have space. We receive requests for places throughout the school year, for Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils. These must come through SEN, not directly. You can visit the school during one of our open afternoons – please call the school reception for dates of these.
Year 7, 8 and 9 students are grouped in classes together and the groupings are based on social and academic ability, rather than age. This ensures that your child is in a class with peers that they can form friendships with. They have all their lessons with their class. A specialist PE team leads the Physical Development lessons.
There are approximately 12 students in a class with one teacher and two teaching assistants. In classes where students are working below a National Curriculum Year 1 level and have highly complex sensory, communication and cognitive needs, there will be a maximum of 10 students in the class with one teacher and two teaching assistants.
The weekly timetable comprises of English, Reading, Maths, Communication, Learning for Life, Enterprise, PHSCE, Creativity and Physical Development. English and Maths lessons are heavily linked to life skills such as signs, instructions, information texts, using money and telling the time, with a focus on personalised targets rather than National Curriculum levels. For more detail on our curriculum coverage and cycle of topics, please see the Curriculum tab.
Classes do a weekly trip out at the same time each week, to practise life skills linked to their independence, such as travel safety, shopping or joining a recreational facility. This is built into their weekly timetable. They also might attend trips linked to sports or the arts, such as Panathlon competitions, dance festivals or drama productions.
All students need to be in school by 8.55am, ready to go to their classes for a 9am start. We run a free breakfast club at Haselbury Campus every morning so students can be dropped to school any time after 8.15am. School finishes at 3pm and students must be collected by 3.15pm. We run some free after-school clubs Monday to Thursday until 4.15pm, however these have limited places and as such to ensure fairness students can only attend one club per term. Letters to sign up to these clubs go out at the start of each term.