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Dear Parents/Guardians/Carers

Crowdys Hill School

On behalf of the Governors, students and staff I am pleased to welcome you to Crowdys Hill School.

Starting a new school is always a worrying time but you can be assured that we will try to make the change as smooth as possible.

At Crowdys Hill we expect all students to work hard and behave sensibly. Not only does a safe and happy environment but also encourages your child to have a positive attitude to achievement.

This booklet has been designed to help you find out about the School, its staff, Governors and students. I do hope you find it informative and that it gives you something of the ‘flavour’ of our school.

Obviously no booklet will convey everything you might want to know, so do feel free to ask questions, make comments, and above all, come and see us and talk to the staff. The happiness and success of your child depends on the trust we hold in each other and a genuine partnership between home and school.

I am confident that your son or daughter will benefit from the wide range of experiences that we offer all our students. His/her time with us should be enjoyable and highly motivating.

Finally, I look forward to working with you over the next few years to ensure that your son or daughter has the best possible chance of fulfilling his/her potential.

Yours sincerely

K Higham

Mrs K Higham

*Throughout this brochure the term “parents” will be used to encompass “parents, guardians or carers”

General Information


Crowdys Hill School
Jefferies Avenue


01793 332400

Type of School:

LA Maintained

All-Through Mixed Special

Age Range:

5 – 19 years

Chair of Governors:

Mr Duncan Cope


Mrs Kate Higham

Business Manager:

Mr Simon Winchester

Education Welfare Officer:

Ms Claire Baily

School Doctor:

Community Paediatrician

School Nurse:

Ms Clare Harding

School Staff

  • Headteacher 
  • Mrs Kate Higham

Deputy Head

  • Mrs Emma Orchard

Assistant Headteacher – Outcomes

  • Mrs Gemma Watkins

Assistant Headteacher – Safeguarding

  • Mrs Jane Ozanne

Head of Primary School

  • Miss Emily Russell

Head of Sixth Form

  • Mrs Lisa Baptiste

School Business Manager

  • Mr Simon Winchester

Parent Support Manager

  • Mrs Tracey Casey

Speech & Language Therapist

  • Miss El Taylor

Admin Manager – SIMS

  • Miss Trudy Topp

Admin Manager – Annual Reviews & Exams Officer

  • Mrs Sandra Backhouse

Finance Assistant

  • Miss Lauren Ferris


  • Mrs Hazel Tuck

Assistant Senco

  • Mrs Rachel Russell


  • Mrs Gail Baker
  • Miss Catherine Bartlett
  • Mrs Joanne Brierley
  • Mrs Louise Butterworth
  • Mr Joseph Dickens
  • Mrs Emma Dundas
  • Mrs Millie Fannin
  • Mrs Claire Gillmore
  • Mrs Joanne Hofwolt
  • Mrs Elisabeth Howell
  • Mrs Tracy Mason
  • Mrs Nikki McKnight
  • Mrs Debbie New
  • Mrs Rebecca North
  • Mrs Kelli Parker
  • Mrs Kerry Pleasant
  • Mrs Emma Sturla
  • Miss Neera Sudra
  • Miss Sharlene Timbrell
  • Miss Sue Welsh
  • Miss Philippa Whateley


  • Mr Dale Ballard
  • Mrs Julie Bowler
  • Mrs Debbie Lancashire
  • Mrs Donna McLaughlin
  • Miss Lara Moss

Teaching  Assistants

  • Mr Jon Ayres
  • Mrs Amanda Bailey
  • Ms Natalie Bailey
  • Mrs Gail Barlow
  • Mrs Jane Bracegirdle
  • Miss Hannah Brown
  • Mrs Suzan Booth
  • Miss Abbie Carey
  • Mrs Fran Carey
  • Mrs Sarah Cass
  • Mr John Chivers
  • Mrs Marie Crossland
  • Mr Michael Baker
  • Mrs Rachel Batchelor
  • Mrs Suzan Booth
  • Mrs Aimee Briggs
  • Mr Dan East
  • Mrs Jennie Edwards
  • Mrs Natasha Fallon
  • Miss Jennifer Fitzgerald
  • Mrs Margaret Flood
  • Mrs Kelly Gabb
  • Mrs Kerry Griffiths
  • Ms Ann-Marie Giles
  • Miss Yvonne Green
  • Mr Jack Harris
  • Mrs Rachel Heath
  • Miss Becky Hewlett
  • Miss Chelsea Hilton
  • Mrs Jackie Hinton
  • Mrs Jayne Jobson
  • Mrs Sheena Johnston
  • Mrs Emily Johnston-Snook
  • Mr Pete Keating
  • Miss Hayley Kirkland
  • Mrs Debbie Lancashire
  • Mrs E Lovell
  • Miss Emma Marriner
  • Miss Jade Marriner
  • Mr Jason Marriner
  • Miss Nicola McKay
  • Mrs Donna McLaughlin
  • Mrs Zoe New
  • Mrs Joanne Penfold
  • Mr Adrian Perrett
  • Mrs Tracy Pinnock
  • Mr Alan Pitt
  • Miss Natasha Plaistow
  • Miss Emily Presdee
  • Mrs Sheenagh Robertson
  • Miss Katy Smith
  • Miss Lucy Smith
  • Mrs Lisa Stocks
  • Mrs Helen Stone
  • Mr Troy Stow
  • Mrs Sharon Summers
  • Ms Anna-Marie Trudgeon
  • Miss Chloe Watkinson
  • Mrs Linda Whitaker
  • Mrs Kimberley Wilkes
  • Mrs Tracy Willis
  • Mrs Claire Winslow
  • Miss Shaunie Winslow

Teaching  Assistant Apprentices

  • Miss Fatima Alves
  • Miss Gracie Poynter

Network Manager

  • Mr Atilla Tancos

Behaviour & Interventions Lead

  • Mrs Louise Tolley

Literacy Lead

  • Mrs Charlotte Gunn


  • Mr Steve Carpenter

Caretakers Assistant

  • Mr Nathan Carpenter

Maintenance Apprentice

  • Mr Dean Harle

Catering Assistants

  • Mrs Jill Cook
  • Mrs Michelle Carpenter


  • Mrs Michelle Carpenter
  • Mrs Jill Cook
  • Mr Dean Harle
  • Mrs Chris Pleasant
  • Miss Khloe Willis

Food Technician

  • Mrs Claire Bickerton

School Governors

The Governors are seen as the key force linking the School with the Community. Their role is vital to the smooth running of the School.

The School Governors are as follows:


Mr Duncan Cope

Staff Governor

Miss Emily Russell

LA Representative

Mr Mick Poole

Co-opted Governors

Miss Trudy Topp

Mrs Emma Thompson

Mrs Sofia Khwaja


Parent Governors



Mrs Kate Higham

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Sandra Backhouse

So What’s Special?


As with any school, our chief aim is the education of all pupils within a positive, secure and caring environment.  The needs of the individual are paramount and are catered for in small classes.  All teachers are qualified and have experience of working with pupils who have special educational needs.  Our classroom support staff, known as Teaching Assistants, are also experienced in meeting the complex needs of our pupils.  Thus, it is possible to offer pupils more individual attention than could normally be afforded in a mainstream school and provide programmes of study tailored to meet the particular needs of each individual.

Staff from various support services such as the Educational Psychologist, Physiotherapist and teachers for the visually, hearing and physically impaired regularly visit the school.  We also deliver a range of targeted interventions to support our pupils and enable them to fulfill their potential both in and out of the classroom; we employ our own full time Speech & Language Therapist.

Pupils are generally taught by subject specialist teachers within a secondary based timetable.  Externally accredited courses at Key Stage 4 & 5 are specifically chosen to offer our pupils the greatest opportunities for success.

The School Day - Primary School

The School Day - Secondary School

08.45 – 09.00

Morning Club with breakfast for independent travellers


Buses/taxis begin to arrive – students are supervised

09.00 – 09.30

Registration/tutor time/ assembly

09.30 – 10.15

Lesson 1


Lesson 2



11.15 – 12.00

Lesson 3


Lesson 4

12.45 – 13.15

Lunch time

13.25 – 14.10

Lesson 5

14.10 – 14.55

Lesson 6

14.55 – 15.15



End of the school day – students escorted to their transport.

The School Day - Sixth Form

Click here for a sample Sixth Form Timetable

Parental Involvement

We like parents to visit Crowdys Hill. It is good for students to know that their parents are interested in the school and their education. We believe the best team consists of the child, the parent and the staff all working together. Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time, although telephoning beforehand to make an appointment is very helpful and much appreciated.

A detailed Annual Review is written each year and parents are invited into school to discuss their child’s progress.

As well as the Annual Review meeting the school has open days and parents evenings.

We hold a Form Tutor evening in October for pupils in Year 7 and primary to discuss how your child has settled into the school.

Parent’s Evening for each year group are held throughout the year.

The Primary School holds Parents Evening 3 times a year – once each term.

We will always contact parents immediately if we are concerned about any aspect of their child’s welfare, progress or behaviour and we hope that parents will let us know of any problems or anxieties which might affect their child.

Friends of Crowdys Hill

Crowdys Hill has an active Friends Association who organise a number of fund raising and social events throughout the year.  You will receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. New committee members are always most welcome.  The Friends discuss bids from the staff across the school at their termly meetings.  In 2018/2019 we are already funding a revamp to our outdoor space, assisting the English department with a year 9 trip to Harry Potter world and buying recording equipment for the Music department.

School Council

Each class elects a member to represent their class at the school council which meets at least once per half term with a senior teacher.  Within the School Council a Chair and a Vice Chair person are elected.  School issues are discussed, and then class representatives talk to their peers in their year groups during tutor time so that everyone has the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions for improvements in school.


Admissions may be made at any time during the year, but the majority take place in September.  Crowdys Hill School provides education for students who have complex learning needs.

All admissions are made in accordance with the current school policy and the appropriate legislation. Students enter Crowdys Hill with a Statement of Educational Need or an EHC Plan, and after their parents and the child has visited the school.

The Local Authority offer places, subject to availability and suitability and only if parents feel they can support the recommendations set out in this booklet.  Mutual co-operation between parents and staff is seen as the key to the success of Crowdys Hill.

Visits to the school are recommended in the first instance to discuss if we can meet your child’s needs.

Pastoral Care

Each student has a form tutor who is responsible for his/her pastoral care.

Tutor time is built into the timetable enabling each student to discuss any worries or concerns.

We employ a Pastoral Manager who helps both students and parents and carers access support from Swindon Borough Council and other agencies, in addition to this the Senior Leadership Team maintain an ’open door’ policy, whereby any student who may feel the need to see her has the right to do so at any reasonable time.

Education Welfare

The Education Welfare Officer visits regularly to monitor student attendance and is available to support both parents and student if requested.

Health and Welfare

Please ensure that we have an up-to-date telephone number where you can be contacted during the day should your child take ill or have an accident at school. Always notify the school of any change in address, telephone number etc in case of emergency.  A number of qualified First Aiders are available during the day to deal with all minor medical problems. If a student is taken ill at school the parents are contacted and arrangements made for the student to be collected and returned home in the care of the parent, relative or nominated adult.

Parents are asked not to send students to school who are feeling unwell in the morning.

In case of emergency students will be taken to hospital.

Students are expected to take part in the Physical Education program and either a note or medical certificate should be sent prior to any withdrawal from these activities.

School Nurse
The school nurse regularly comes into school and we can make referrals to her to see students should there be a need.


Whilst we wish to keep parents fully informed of their child’s progress we are acutely aware that in a special school this can mean an Annual Review Report, a Transition Plan, a School Report, a report on National Curriculum tests where taken and an Individual Education Plan if appropraite.

In order to make this system manageable and keep within the recommendations of the 1994 Code of Practice the following timetable is planned:

Term 1

Year 11 & Year 14 Annual Review.

Term 2 

Year 13 Annual Reviews.  Interim reports for all.

Term 3

Year 10 & Year 12 Annual Reviews.

Term 4

Year 9 Annual Reviews.  Interim reports for all.

Term 5 

Year 8 Annual Reviews.

Term 6

Primary & Year 7 Annual Reviews.  Full educational report for all.

Summer Holidays (late August)

GCSE results as and when taken.

All parents are invited to the Annual Reviews.  As the school has to organise over 225 of these every year, changing the date and time for this review can prove very difficult. We do try to give plenty of notice so please make every effort to attend, for your child’s sake.


Transport is organised and managed by the Local Authority and is provided for students attending the school who require it and who meet the LA criteria. There is an escort on most vehicles, but it is the parents’ responsibility to deliver the student to the vehicle. It is not part of the escort’s duties to knock on the doors for the student.

When the student arrives home, it is for the parent to decide if the child will be met at the bus/taxi point. The escort will not bring the student to the door.

The transport will never run early but may occasionally be delayed by traffic conditions, breakdown or weather. Should the transport fail to arrive, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure the student is able to return home or to a relative or friend.

Sensible behaviour is expected on school transport from all students at all times.

If you have any problems with arranged transport please contact Mr R Haworth, at Wat Tyler House, Beckhamton Street, Swindon. Telephone number 466215.

When students are able, they are encouraged to travel to school using public transport. A free bus pass is provided for those students who meet the LA criteria.

Students are allowed to come to school by bicycle if the bicycle has been checked and seen to be in a roadworthy condition. The school advises strongly that students should wear helmets and reflective clothing. The school can take no responsibility for the bicycle while it is on school premises.

School Uniform and Equipment

School Uniform

It is our policy that all students should wear uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.

Our policy on school uniform is based on the philosophy that school uniform:

  • promotes a sense of pride in the school;
  • engenders a sense of community and belonging towards the school;
  • is practical and smart;
  • identifies the students with the school;
  • prevents students from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class;
  • makes students feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
  • is regarded as suitable wear for school and good value for money by most parents;
  • is designed with health and safety in mind.

Our uniform consists of a compulsory navy blue sweatshirt and polo shirt with the school logo – only available from the school; dark grey/black trousers or skirt; black shoes or black trainers.

On health and safety grounds we do not allow students to wear jewellery. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears. We ask the student to either remove these objects during some practical activities, or cover them with a plaster, to prevent them from causing injury either to themselves or others.

The school welcomes student from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests.

We ask all parents to support the school uniform policy.

PE Kit

  • A Plain T-shirt in their house colour with the school logo (optional) or a plain t-shirt/vest
  • Plain Dark Shorts/Tracksuit trousers
  • Trainers
  • Swimming trunks/one piece costume

As a health and safety rule aerosols are banned. Any student found in possession of an aerosol or aerosol deodorant will have the canister confiscated.

Pens and Pencils
We like students to take responsibility for their own pens and pencils. We therefore encourage them to bring a pen, pencil, rubber and coloured pencils of their own to school.

There is no obligation on your part to do this and your child will not be penalised if he/she does not have them. Some form of identification is always useful.

Personal Belongings
All personal belongings should be clearly marked with the child’s name. Any money should be handed in to the class tutor /admin officer for safe keeping. Valuable items such as MP3 players, iPods or hand held games consoles must NOT be brought into

Parents should note that the school cannot accept liability for the loss or damage of personal property. Anything found should be handed in to a member of staff or the receptionist.

The school makes lockers available for every student free of charge; however replacement keys – if lost – will cost £5. Breakaway lanyards are available from the school at a cost of £1. These are available in various colours.

Click here for the secondary school uniform price list

Click here for the primary school uniform price list


If there is a breach of school rules sanctions may be applied. Discipline is considered a matter for joint co-operation between school and home, thus ensuring consistency of action. Minor discrepancies will be dealt with by the subject or form tutor, though these will usually be logged. More serious or persistent problems will be referred to a senior teacher then on to the Deputy Headteacher. Where work or behaviour is found to be unsatisfactory students may be required to ‘make-up’ the time during their break, lunch
time or after school hours. Parents will always be informed in advance.

If behaviour or work effort falls below what is expected a student may be placed ‘On Report’. A student on report is carefully monitored in each lesson until such time as acceptable progress and behaviour are once again established. At all times parents are
fully informed and generally participate in joint planning for improvement.

In cases where more serious problems occur, students may be withdrawn from normal lessons and set to work under the direct supervision of a Deputy Headteacher. In extreme cases students may be temporarily or permanently excluded (expelled).

Positive Handling

Crowdys Hill School is committed to ensuring that all staff with responsibilities for student’s safety and welfare will deal with all incidents involving aggressive behaviour, and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with DCSF and LA advice.

If used at all it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the student.

Equal Opportunities

It is Crowdys Hill intention to develop attitudes and ways of behaving which respect individuals regardless of their ability, colour, culture, religion, gender or social circumstances. The school is unequivocally opposed to any form of discrimination and it seeks to form a partnership with students, Staff, Governors and Parents to combat ignorance and prejudicial attitudes both in School and in the Community as a whole.

Anti-Bullying and Anti-Racist Policy

Crowdys Hill is totally opposed to bullying in any of its forms including racism and it will not be tolerated in school. An anti-bullying and anti-racist policy is in place and being monitored by staff.


Unfortunately there are a few students who try to make life uncomfortable for other students. All allegations of bullying will be regarded as serious incidents and will be investigated fully. Our recent OFSTED commented favourable on our approach towards
this issue. Form Tutors will carry out investigations taking written statements (if appropriate) from witnesses and all the students involved. Parents of all the students involved will be notified.

Reward System

In order to promote excellent effort and good behaviour the students are able to earn Merits.  Students are split into 3 houses Peacock, Simmonds and Weir. Pupils are awarded Class Dojo’s for good work, effort, good behaviour etc. They can spend this in the on-site “Dojo shop”.When a student has done well they can also be sent a Praise Postcard which is sent through the post to the parent/carer.

2015 – House of the Year – Peacock

2016 – House of the Year – Simmonds

2017 – House of the Year – Simmonds

2018 – House of the Year – Weir

2019 – House of the Year – Weir

School Meals

Before School – Breakfast Club

Due to a fantastic from Greggs the Bakers we are able to offer EVERY child in the school free breakfast EVERYDAY between 8.45am-9.00am.  Items change regularly and all dietary needs are catered for.


Hot meals are cooked on site in our newly refurbished kitchen.  We operate an online system through ParentPay to book and pay for these meals.

Arrangements can be made for students requiring a special diet for health or religious reasons and a vegetarian option will always be available as well as a Jacket Potato.

If students bring their own packed lunch we ask that parents exercise careful control over packed lunches and encourage a healthy balanced diet. Parents do not need to provide a drink as all students are provided with water at lunchtime. However, if drinks are brought into school please ensure they are stored in unbreakable containers. Glass bottles, cans and fizzy drinks are not allowed in school. All students are supervised by support staff.

Free School Meals
If you feel that your child is eligible for free school meals please contact Swindon Borough Council for more details. All information is confidential.

After lunch the students may go on to the playground or enjoy an activity indoors. They are supervised by our team of MDSA’s. We expect students to behave in a reasonable manner at lunchtime. Students are permitted to bring snacks into school, to be eaten only at break times.

Students are encouraged to bring water each day in their own secure drinks bottle for drinking at appropriate times throughout the school day.

Chewing gum is not allowed on the premises.


Smoking is strictly forbidden.


Your child will be expected to do some homework, although it will not be every evening. We would like the students to get into a good working habit. As they become older more homework will be expected of them. From time to time he/she may be asked to finish some work or to find out things. If you wish your child to bring his/her reading book home then please let us know.

If you want to help your child at home, encourage him/her to read books from the library, also newspapers and comics. Your child will probably need your help when he/she is doing some homework, do not be frightened to give it. The more you are involved the more successful your child will be.

We have subscriptions to Bug Club, BKSB and Purple Mash.  Links to these sites can be found under the Parent/Carer tab and On-line Learning – if your child cannot remember their login – please get in touch with your child’s Form Tutor.

Extra Curricular Activities / Extended Schools

Good use is made of the school mini-buses with numerous educational trips. Visits are made throughout the year including some residential experiences.

Enrichment time on a Friday afternoon includes quiet games, bingo, rounders, DVD, cheer leading and many other exciting activities.

There are currently a number of after school clubs offered, including Drama, Dance, Football, Music and a Social Club.

Details of all the extra curricular clubs at Crowdys Hill School can be found on the website under Parent/Carer Information – After School Clubs.

Off Site Activities

The school believes that students will benefit greatly by taking part in a range of out of school activities – for example in community or environmental situations, sports and leisure facilities, business, enterprise and work related activities as well as visits to museums, colleges and training placements.

These activities are an important part of the school’s curriculum in developing each student to be an independent learner. As most of these activities will take place during the school day permission will not be sought for these educational activities.

Charges for Educational Activities and Residential Courses

The Governors support the policy that, within the resources available, education should be free and to that end will use available funds to the full.

Parents may be requested to make a nominal voluntary contribution towards certain educational activities, and residential courses, but no student will be excluded from any activity through failure to make such a contribution. However the school reserves the right to cancel any educational activity or residential course if it cannot be funded. In the case of materials for food technology and design technology, if parents wish to own the finished product then materials must be paid for or provided by the parent.

Community Links

Crowdys Hill is proud of its record of working within the community, seeing it as a ‘classroom outside the main building’. The school makes many educational visits and ‘residentials’ within the local area and beyond. Such experiences are seen as vital to widen students’ appreciation of different people and their environment.

Community links are seen as a two-way process; groups and individuals visit the school throughout the year enriching the curriculum enormously. In Year 11 all students undertake one weeks work experience in the local community.

The school maintains strong links with all mainstream secondary schools in Swindon. It is possible for any student to receive part of his/her education in a mainstream school, if this is appropriate and whenever possible full transfer is actively encouraged.

We also have strong links with industry; not only through work experience, but we also receive active support from Swindon Nightshelter, Swindon 105 FM,

The Curriculum

Crowdys Hill School Curriculum

Here at Crowdys Hill special school we value the many talents that our pupils have to offer. We are a vibrant, happy school where pupils enjoy learning and staff enjoy teaching.

What are the aims of our curriculum?

We provide a broad range of national curriculum subjects, from primary phase to sixth form. We also offer a wide range of opportunities, outside of the national curriculum, to develop self-esteem, engagement and independent learning. Our ethos throughout is to develop strong minded, independent citizens. With this in mind, we offer a variety of subjects where social skills, life skills and independent skills are embedded.

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. This begins in the primary phase, through access to SEN trained staff, with experience in using Signalong, PECS (picture exchange communication systems), AAC (augmented assistive communication) and use of visual aids to consolidate understanding. Our emphasis is on cooperative learning, with many opportunities to develop conversation and discussion.

This continues through to the secondary phase, where pupils are encouraged to use their social skills to wider audiences, such as in assemblies, or on the school trips and other events that we offer.

In the Sixth Form, this is further developed through the wide variety of work experiences and social and educational trips which take place.

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, and, most importantly for any child, to build resilience. We supplement this curriculum offer with evidence based support sessions, where staff take pupils out of lessons for interventions. This is scheduled as needed, and the tutors work together with staff to advice on what is needed to improve the pupils’ progress. For our more complex pupils, whose needs cannot be met using our main curriculum, we offer a more tutor-led curriculum. We call these classes the Thematic Learning Centre, or TLC for short. Here the pupils can socialise with the rest of the school and join in with school activities. Their timetable is based mainly with their tutor to minimize movement between lessons and staff. These pupils will study English, Maths, PE and ICT. In addition they will study art, cookery and My Future My World (MFMW) which incorporates RE, careers, ASDAN and citizenship.

Who teaches this curriculum?

All teaching staff are trained in SEN all teaching assistants undertake SEN induction, first aid training, manual handling training, and basic phonics sessions. Some of our staff are subject specialists, and others are primary phase trained staff, with a sound knowledge of phonics.

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. In the Thematic Learning Centre the staffing remains higher due to the more complex needs of the pupils.

What’s different about the Sixth Form?

Our Sixth Form opened in September 2016, from a need to ensure that our pupils continued their education with the focus on learning for life. We wanted to make sure that our pupils in year 11 had the opportunity to further develop their social, independence and life skills. We wanted to make sure that our pupils were given opportunities to develop their employability skills, with opportunities for work experience and making links with their community, to give them the best chance of finding employment and building a sustainable life for themselves and their families.

Our staff have high aspirations for all of our pupils. Our staff and our parents/ carers want equality for our pupils, as they become young adults. To this end, we match learning experiences with the desires and talents of our sixth formers. They have the opportunity to learn new skills, through choosing a vocational course, and develop their work skills through work experiences, whilst continuing to study their English and Maths skills. All pupils undertake work experience placements, these may be for part of a day, one day, weekly, or termly. Pupils have the opportunity to try a variety of careers, and some of our pupils secure paid employment as a result of these experiences.

There are many opportunities for trips, both educational and for leisure, as we believe that young adults need to be aware of what’s on offer to them in their community, and how they can make friends and develop hobbies.

For those pupils who need the extra support, we continue to offer some of the interventions, such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social/ emotional literacy (ELSA). The aim of these support sessions become more functional in this setting.  Those pupils needing the use of AAC or specialist physical disability equipment, will continue to have access to specialist support. Most of our pupils will have access to a speech and language therapist, as they work with the teachers rather than individual pupils to develop their functional communication skills.

Below is a breakdown of the curriculum offered at Key Stage 3

The Creative Curriculum

Art is taught with a focus on creating and expression.  Classes explore the range of disciplines through projects throughout the year.  All pupils will be introduced to Art.


Pupils experience a wide range of dramatic techniques, including spontaneous and prepared improvisation, role-play, mime and movement, games and exercises. Group work in drama develops the skills of decision-making, co-operation and spoken language. Pupils are encouraged to respond creatively to both realistic and imaginative dramatic themes.


The work undertaken covers National Curriculum programmes of study. The pupils spend part of each week on reading & literacy skills which include a structured programme designed to improve comprehension and reading. The remaining time focuses on modules of work which include autobiographical writing, narrative writing, poetry, thematic work and advertising.


The pupils will be following programmes of study at Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum.  Topics will enable pupils to learn about their community, flooding, the restless earth and the world of sport. Pupils will be encouraged to be involved in field work to learn about their environment in school and the wider world.


History is taught using National Curriculum guidelines and undertakes various programmes of study.  A skills based approach is encouraged with topics including ‘What is History?’ ‘The Legacy of the Romans’, ‘The Norman Conquest’ and ‘Medieval Life’.

ICT (Information Technology)

Pupils have a chance to learn about computing as well as covering more basic ICT skills. Pupils start by learning about how to stay safe online, including social networking, cyberbullying and mobile phones. They then go on to make a collage of photos using specialist software and produce an interactive model making guide.


The pupils are following an adapted programme of study for Mathematics based on the National Curriculum. Topics covered include: calculations and number patterns; shape, measurement, and time; graphs, fractions, ICT and numeracy. Emphasis is placed on independent maths skills and problem solving.


Sessions take place in years 7 and 8 and TLC.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn new songs, sing in two parts and listen to a wide variety of music. They should be able to repeat a rhythm previously heard and recognise a well-known song from its rhythm.  Work undertaken covers all the attainment targets.

Physical Education

The following activities are covered during the year: health related exercise, athletics, rounders, football, dance, and basketball.  Skills areas to include: throwing, catching, football oriented skills, hitting a ball. Swimming – all pupils undertake ASA or school swimming awards for two lessons each week.


The science course is divided into modules: Forces and Motion; Earth and Beyond; Life Cycles; Characteristics of Living Things, Cells and Body Organ Systems.


This is part of our curriculum and pupils in year 7 are given the opportunity to swim.  If there is any permanent medical condition which prevents your child from swimming please inform the school immediately.  If for any reason your child is unable to swim on one occasion then they should bring a note explaining why, if a child does not have a note then they will be expected to swim and on this occasion the school will provide kit.


Every pupil has the opportunity to participate in some sporting activity.  In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will undertake skills training and participate in some team games.  In Years 10 and 11 pupils undertake a Leisure Pursuits programme that enables them to sample the wide range of activities available in Swindon Leisure Centres.

RE and Collective Worship (timetabled as MFMW)

Religious Education follows the Wiltshire agreed syllabus which is non-denominational and multi-faith in character.  Parents are welcome to see the scheme of work.

RE has a special status as part of the basic curriculum and has equal standing in relation to the core and other foundation subjects.  Whilst we consider that the fostering of spiritual and moral values is the responsibility of every teacher and should permeate all aspects of the curriculum, Religious Education is formally timetabled as a subject in its own right, and is taught by a designated member of staff.

Whole school assemblies are held at least once a week.

My Future My World

My Future My World curriculum will give all years opportunity to develop skills that are required as they grow from childhood into adolescence.

The curriculum aims to equip the s with learning experiences that will develop their skills in the following areas:- communication and language, personal, social, health and emotional development and safety and wellbeing.

Sex Education

The 1993 Education Act requires sex education to be provided as part of the National Curriculum and it is taught with due regard to moral considerations and an emphasis on the value and importance of family life.  The programme, which has been ratified by the governors, is not taught in isolation but within a framework of a personal development programme dealing with the many aspects of growing up.  Aspects of human development are also covered in Year 9 National Curriculum Science.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons and should discuss the matter with the Headteacher should they wish to do so.  They are also welcome to discuss policy matters in this area with the Headteacher to view teaching materials and look at the policy documents.

External Examinations

Currently the following accreditation is offered at Key Stage 4:

GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education:

  • Design & Technology: Textiles
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics


  • Land Based Studies: Level 1
  • Sport and Active Leisure : Level 1

Entry Pathways: 

  • Drama
  • Humanities

Entry Level Qualifications: 

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Design & Technology (Textiles & Resistant Materials)

AQA Unit Awards:

  • Various subjects

Functional Skills Awards:

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT


The total number of students on roll in the whole school (February 2019) is 225. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential. Only illness, or pre-arranged parental holidays are considered reasons for absence from school. Although it should be noted that we strongly recommend that all family holidays are taken during the 13 weeks when the school is closed.

We ask parents to contact the school by 9.30 am if their child is absent. If you do not inform us of the reason for absence we will phone/write to you asking why your child has been absent. If parents fail to give a reason for absence it then becomes an un-authorised absence, that is an absence the school knows nothing about.

If a student is expected to be absent for more than two days, it is essential that parents let us know at once rather than waiting for the student’s return to school, a telephone call at this stage is acceptable. There are now stricter regulations regarding attendance in school and any un-authorised absences are treated as truancy and may lead to further investigation by the Education Welfare Officer.

Late arrival/early departure procedure
Registration is at 9 am. If students arrive at school after registration, they must go to the front office to record their late arrival. A student who arrives late regularly will be spoken to by the Form Tutor initially, who will contact the parents. If a student has to leave school for an appointment, they must “sign out” at the front office. As the school, however, cannot authorise a child to leave school without the parents permission, we will contact the parents if the student has forgotten to bring in a note or appointment card.

We also have to check on lateness. If a student is late too often without good reasons this has to be noted as an unauthorised absence.

Students must never leave the premises without the school’s permission.

Change of Address/Contact Details
Parents are asked to inform the school immediately of any change of address or contact details.

Child Protection/Safeguarding
The School operates in accordance with “Keeping Children Safe in Education – statutory guidance for schools and colleges 2014 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013″.  All staff receive training in child protection procedures.  If staff members have concerns about a child they will raise these with the schools Safeguarding lead or their deputy.  Staff cannot hold student confidences in matters of safeguarding and have a duty of care to pass information on.   The safeguarding lead will decide on the course of action, it may be necessary to talk to other agencies before contacting parents/carers.

Our primary concern will always be the welfare of the child.

We are audited by Swindon’s Local Safeguarding Children Advisor Board.

Copies of the guidance can be found on www.swindon/

If you would like access to the Child Protection Policy please contact the Exam Officer on (01793) 332400.

The Governing Body have agreed a procedure for progressing general school complaints. A copy of this procedure is available from the Bursar. It would be helpful however, where parents have concerns about the operation of the school, if they could discuss these in the first instance with the Headteacher.

Exam Fees
The school will pay any fees incurred when students enter exams. However, if after consultation with parents a student is entered for an examination but then fails to complete the work, the school reserves the right to ask parents to pay for the entry.

Parents should note that the insurance cover operated by Swindon Borough Council is limited to its legal responsibilities arising from negligence. However, the School does operate its own accident policy for students and staff, details of which may be obtained from the Office.

Lost Property
If your child mislays an item of clothing, please ask your child to ask his/her class teacher to help him/her locate the missing item. If the item of clothing is not found then please inform the office. All items of clothing should be clearly named. Items that are unclaimed within a term will be displayed at the end of the term and then will be disposed of or kept as spare clothing in school. Swindon Borough council does not hold any specific insurance to cover the loss or damage or theft of Student’s personal property.

Parents are asked to tell the school of any special health problems. If at any time you wish the school to administer prescribed drugs or medicines to your child the following guide-lines MUST be followed:

The parent must request the school to administer prescribed drugs by filling in the appropriate forms. Where appropriate a doctor’s note should be received, preferably delivered by the parent or the bus escort, to the effect that it is necessary for the child to take medicine during school hours.

The note should give clear instructions concerning the required dosage. Where possible,particularly with younger students, the smallest practicable amount should brought to the school by the parent or other adult, not the child, and should be delivered personally to the admin officer or the appropriate member of staff.

Medicine containers must be clearly labelled with the contents, the child’s name and the dosage.

A written record will be kept of the dates and times of the administration.

Parents may be asked to sign an indemnity in favour of the Headteacher or the member of staff involved.


Sickness and Emergencies
If your child becomes ill in school we will try to contact you or a nominated person. Please ensure you notify the school office of any change of telephone numbers for the above reason. If your child has been ill please ensure that he/she is perfectly well before
returning to school. If a child has a minor accident in school, ie a graze, bruise, and then he/she will be attended by a member of staff trained in First Aid. Parents will be informed if the injury gives rise for concern. If we cannot get in touch with parents, the
school will contact the emergency services for treatment, whilst the effort to get in touch with parents and inform them of the situation continues. All accidents involving students are recorded in the school’s Accident Book.


  • the National Curriculum and associated documentation;
  • any published HMI and OFSTED reports which refer expressly to the school;
  • any syllabuses followed (whether for public examinations or otherwise);
  • the arrangements for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum;
  • school policies concerning RE and Sex Education.

Enquiries about any or all of the above should be made to the Headteacher in the first instance.

Students are often photographed by staff, to show their achievements and also the range of activities that we offer.  Coursework can be recorded on tape, film using digital cameras and recorders and other forms of technology, reducing the necessity for students to write long reports. Sometimes there is an opportunity for students’ pictures to be published in the local media or on the school website.

House System/Rewards

Each student is allocated a house on arrival at Crowdys Hill School.  Our houses are named after famous Paralympic athletes:-

Peacock – blue (after Jonny Peacock)

Simmonds – red (after Ellie Simmonds)

Weir – green (after David Weir)

All merits awarded are added together for a cumulative total and a rewards is given to the house in the lead at the end of each term.  At the end of the year the house with the most points is awarded the title “House of the Year”.

Individual merit certificates are given out in Mondays Assembly on a 3 week rotation.  Staff also send Praise Postcards home for particular notable pieces of work, behaviour or encouragement.


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Date this page was last modified: 4 August 2020