Our Vision: Every Link child and young person will achieve their full potential
- The Link has a strong pastoral ethos and the individual’s social, emotional and academic needs are well catered for with robust systems and resources to support this.
- Our Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and School Counsellor are skilled in creating a learning and social environment that reduces anxiety, aids communication, and supports good behaviour and self-esteem.
- Assessment takes place throughout the year, with three data collections set for the end of each term. This data is used to set targets, identify pupils who need to be supported to make accelerated progress and to ensure progress is monitored and reported. It also enables teachers to ensure pupils are challenged within their own working levels.
- Therapists plan, prepare and deliver key lessons and social skills groups. Pupils may be withdrawn for 1:1 work, for example on speech sound disorders and this is timetabled in collaboration with the teaching staff to provide an effective and efficient means of incorporating therapy targets into the classroom.
- The school has a part-time nurse who oversees the medical policy and administration of medicines. She advises our lead member of staff responsible for the day-to-day administration of medication and trains all staff in the administration of medication for conditions such as epilepsy.
Our Mission: We are a warm, caring, inclusive and supportive community providing personalised learning opportunities for children and young people.
- A collaborative team including Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Support Staff and Occupational Therapists devise a personalised learning pathway for every pupil.
- Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Therapists work closely with pupils, parents, class teachers, support assistants and external agencies to provide a whole school approach to ensuring the pupils achieve their full potential both at school and in their life beyond school.
- The School Curriculum includes work with the therapy team, travel training, enterprise activities, work related learning, independence and self-help skills, FE College Link courses, work experience and learning outside the classroom activities.
- Every pupil has termly IEP targets which are monitored and reviewed by our multi-disciplinary team.
- Progress reports are sent home three times a year as well as summary reports which are provided for every curriculum area at the end of the year.
- A calm and positive environment, with minimal distractions to maintain confident participation in lessons and school events is maintained throughout the school.
Our Values: ‘Child-centred, Ambitious, Nurturing and Team-working’ create a shared culture and guide how we make decisions.
- The school has an induction programme to prepare each pupil before joining the school. This typically consists of visits to the school with parents when there will be guided tours from the pupils. In the term prior to joining (usually the Summer term) pupils will spend a day at the school with our current Year 7 class. Each new pupil is assigned a ‘buddy’ and a day of ‘fun’ activities, including a lunch, is organised.
- There are three parent evening consultations each year, at which teachers and therapists are present and where pupil progress and attainment is discussed.
- Our Parent Group meets half termly and provides a forum for parents to discuss and contribute to school policies and plans.
- Detailed therapy reports are produced for annual review of EHCPs.
- The school has links with the Sutton Education Business Partnership and we plan a range of work related activities for the KS4 including a week's work experience.
- Pupils who progress to FE College placements are given support through mentoring, taster days as well as a formal transition planning meeting at College which school staff, therapists, parents and pupil may attend.
- The school has a Leavers’ Programme during which every young person will have access to a work experience placement, a residential week, FE College Links as well as a range of sporting, cultural and social events.