Newman is a community special school which offers a specialist range of provision to support children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs. The majority of our children and young people have a range of issues and combination of layered needs including autism and speech and language/ communication needs; learning; physical; medical; social emotional, and mental health as well as sensory needs.
Support: All children have Education and Health Care Plans or Statements detailing their individual priorities – communication, academic, social/ emotional. Children with complex medical needs have individual Care Plans, e.g., for epilepsy and asthma. Children with additional social, emotional and mental health needs have Behaviour Plans, including details of how to remove/ reduce challenges and respond safely if they are in a crisis. All children have Pupil Profiles detailing the child’s view of their strengths, areas needing support, likes and dislikes, academic levels, barriers to learning, means of support to access the curriculum. At Newman School we have very high adult to pupil staffing ratios. We have an Inclusion Officer and two Family Support Workers working with our families and young people. The local Health Authority provides Physiotherapy provision on site four days a week and Occupational Therapy provision on site weekly. Our Sensory Rooms give pupils opportunities to experience and control the environment through light, touch and sound; and to have time and space to be calm/emotionally regulate. A music therapist provides weekly sessions for a range of pupils.
- We aim to create an environment that is warm, free from inhibiting pressures yet has the capability to be challenging, thus providing the best conditions for learning and development: our Key Stage 4 pupils can take take a range of external qualifications at appropriate levels- e.g., GCSE, Entry levels, Functional skills.
Social, Emotional, Mental Health: Our Newman Additional Resource and the Our Space Nurture Provision in Newman Main School support young people with mental well-being and health needs including anxiety and complex social and emotional needs. All pupils belong to a House, collecting House Points for effort, good work and positive social interaction, and we celebrate weekly which House has gained the most. School Council plan and run daily games in the Sports Yard – cricket, hockey, football, rounders and basketball. Bikes are available, supervised by staff. We run Lunch Clubs, for example Choir, Craft, Music. Through the year we offer After School Clubs: e.g. sports, cooking, Post 16 Youth Club and music.
Community Links: Newman School enjoys wide ranging sporting links, promoting access for all. Visiting Music and Drama Workshops take place through the year, followed by high involvement in and commitment to the Children’s Festival, e.g., Book Awards, ROSCARs Film Awards, Picture This and the One Voice Choir.
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