Crowdys Hill School is a large SEN school based in Swindon for pupils with a range of SEN needs aged 5 to 19. Within our school we have a large team of staff who have a wide range of experience working with pupils with SEN and are able to use their knowledge and skills to support all pupils from all age groups. As a school we follow the THRIVE approach and we believe a three-way partnership of pupils, school and parents is vital to enable all children to succeed and aspire to be their best . Throughout the school we are dedicated to maintaining strong values and high standards well following our ethos of ‘Learning for Life’.
Pupils at Crowdys Hill are supported to succeed in all subjects, whilst learning skills to become independent learners. As well as a broad academic curriculum, Crowdys Hill offers a wide range of therapies and interventions to support the needs of the individual pupil and support our whole school 'Learning for Life' ethos. These provide the foundations and skills that enable pupils to progress and ultimately develop into well rounded you adults who will be able to succeed positively in society.
Learning for Life
Our curriculum is rich in experiences, positive learning, building the feeling of self-worth in our pupils, and developing the love of learning.
At the heart of this learning is communication skills. We understand that the best way to ensure that our pupils feel part of their community, whether in school, home or in the world, is to promote their ability to communicate effectively to the best of their abilities.
Who teaches this curriculum?
In the primary phase the staff to pupil ratios are higher, as we are just beginning to build independence. On average classes have ratios of 1:2 at key stage 1, and 1:3 at key stage 2.
In the secondary phase, as a pupil’s learning engagement and independence skills are improving, the staffing ratios change to 1:5 on average. Tutors get to know their pupils very well. In primary phases, the tutors usually have their tutees for two years. They will teach them for most lessons.
How does the curriculum differ from mainstream schools?
Whilst we follow the national frameworks from year 1 to year 14, they are highly adapted and differentiated to meet the needs of our pupils. We understand that our pupils learn key concepts at different points in their life, which may not follow the age expected trend. We ensure that all of our pupils can access all areas of the curriculum through adaptations to content, resources, and experienced SEN trained staffing. So whilst a pupil’s timetable may look similar to a mainstream one, within that are many opportunities for pupils to acquire new skills, succeed in education; and, most importantly for any child, to build resilience. We have a focus on communication skills, and developing their abilities to socialize as a priority.
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