Special schools - St Piers School - various needs

Record details

Name of school
St Piers School
Address
St Piers School & College
St Piers Lane
Lingfield
Surrey
Postcode
RH19 3UX
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Contact
Neil Thirkell
Telephone
01342832243
email
education@youngepilepsy.org.uk
website
http://www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/for-parents-and-carers/st-piers-specialist-education/
facebook
https://www.facebook.com/YoungEpilepsy/timeline/
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About the school
St Piers School is based on a beautiful 60 acre campus in Lingfield, rural Surrey. It provides specialist education services for individuals with a range of conditions (see below). It operates both as a day and residential special school providing the highest quality educational services for students aged five to 19 years of age, including a sixth form. The students are at the centre of everything we do. Our dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff provide first class support.

The education, health, care and therapy teams (who are all available on site) work in partnership and we pride ourselves on having strong relationships in place with parents, carers and funders. This tried and tested approach ensures every St Piers student reaches their optimum level of achievement. The school is an incredible place for children with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties to thrive, learn new skills, change in confidence and make new friends.

Staff excel in teaching pupils with arrange of conditions including:
• ADHD
• acquired brain injury
• autistic spectrum disorder
• behavioural difficulties
• epilepsy
• moderate learning difficulties
• non-weight bearing
• profound and multiple learning difficulties
• severe learning difficulties.

All students follow a curriculum that includes:
• communication, language and literacy
• mathematics and cognition
• ICT (information and communication technology) and design technology
• PSHE (personal, social and health education)
• citizenship.Classes are small; five or six per class.

This allows us to be proactive and meet the individual needs of each student.
Supporting children
Teaching staff and care staff set the Independent Education Plan (IEP), which is monitored by the Headteacher. Each student’s needs and abilities are assessed by our multi-disciplinary team. We create an individually tailored programme of education and provide a ‘waking day’ curriculum. Every student has targets set for each area of the curriculum.These are reviewed early and as and when targets are achieved during the year. A meeting with therapy teams, care staff and school teaching staff is held to discuss the IEP and parents are also consulted.

The Annual Review process reviews the Statement and objectives and provides information on the percentage of progress made – assessment is currently through 'B squared' and 'CASPA'. The governors monitor progress through Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and reports from Head Teacher on 'Teaching and Learning'.
Assessing child progress
The student's development and performance is constantly measured against KPIs. Students also a ‘day book’ in which a record of the day’s events are recorded (more info about the day book is below). There are also weekly team meetings to ensure that the required progression is being made and consultation with parents/carers on how to maintain these standards is discussed by teachers/support workers, physiologists and any other staff that need to be kept updated on the student’s progress.
Informing parents and carers
Students have a ‘day book’ in which a record of the day’s events are recorded. This is readily available for residential staff / parents. There is regular communication between teaching staff, residential staff, / therapists nursing team, and parents/carers. There are weekly team meetings to ensure that the required progression is being made and consultation with parents/carers on how to maintain these standards is discussed by teachers/ support workers, physiologists and any other staff that need to be kept updated on the student’s progress.
Progress updates
Students have a ‘day book’ in which a record of the day’s events are recorded. This is readily available for residential staff / parents. There is regular communication between teaching staff, residential staff, / therapists nursing team, and parents/carers. There are weekly team meetings to ensure that the required progression is being made and consultation with parents/carers on how to maintain these standards is discussed by teachers/ support workers, physiologists and any other staff that need to be kept updated on the student’s progress.
If a child is not making progress
There are weekly team meetings to ensure that the required progression is being made and consultation with parents/carers on how to maintain these standards is discussed by teachers/support workers, physiologists and any other staff that need to be kept updated on the student’s progress.
Curriculum
We create an individually tailored programme of education and provide a ‘waking day’ curriculum. Every student has targets set for each area of the curriculum.
Adapting for child needs
The curriculum will be tailored to meet the individual's needs, aspirations and abilities. It will also be designed to help them develop new skills and improve skills and knowledge they already have. This may involve adapting the curriculum to help the individual learn essential living skills (i.e. cooking, travel training, personal, social and health education [PSHE] etc). Depending on ability, the individual may also work towards formal qualifications.
Teacher flexibility on child needs
The waking day curriculum ensures flexibility from all staff ensuring the child's needs and aspirations will be met.
Additional support
There is a robust support programme in place to ensure a child will meet his/her expected outcomes
Learning strategies
Young Epilepsy, which operates St Piers School, provides a range of specialist care services, all of them based on site so there is no need for the individual to travel. We have consultant neurologists, child and adolescent psychologist, clinical fellows (registrars), research fellows (Joint with Great Ormond Street Hospital), epilepsy nurse specialists, nursing staff, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists speech and language therapists and play therapists
Meeting child needs
There are weekly team meetings to ensure that the required progression is being made and consultation with parents/carers on how to maintain these standards is discussed by teachers/support workers, physiologists and any other staff that need to be kept updated on the student’s progress.
Access arrangements
Young Epilepsy, the national charity that operates St Piers School, has a world-class medical centre providing 24 hour medical care. The organisation is unique because our therapists and multi-disciplinary team are based on site so we can bring support and care to the child instead of having to take them off site.

Young Epilepsy provides a range of specialist care services including; consultant neurologists, child and adolescent psychologist, clinical fellows(registrars), research fellows(Joint with Great Ormond Street Hospital), epilepsy nurse specialists, nursing staff, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists speech and language therapists and play therapists.
Comfort, safety and socialising
We have an outstanding safeguarding programme in place. We also have a well-regarded Positive Behaviour strategy. Students are taught to manage social situations through learning and every day interactions with other students and staff as part of their waking day curriculum.
Social and emotional skills
This is all managed through, teachers and support workers all implementing the waking day curriculum and social interactions both on and off campus
Tier 2 / Early Help Support in the Community
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Learning for independence
Learning for independence is developed as part of the waking day curriculum, ensuring that every child prepares as much as possible for their independence.Students have a ‘day book’ in which a record of the day’s events are recorded, lessons are held in citizenship. The therapy team work closely with students on many aspects of Independence
Perseverance and resilience
Students work on social skills and enhancing their self esteem in lessons and activities organised both on and off campus including trips to cinemas, discos on site, horse riding, boating and theatres. Students write about the effects of bullying and there are numerous student notice boards praising good performances and good deeds. All students will be supervised by staff for the duration of their school day and during the evenings for residential students
Bullying
Please see the link for our policy on bullying on the last screen
Accessibility
Our school is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Disability toilets and shower facilities with hoisting are available. Most students will be supported on a 1 - 1 basis so will be supervised at all times as they move around.
Accessing lessons
Each child will receive a comprehensive assessment from our multi disciplinary team to assess their needs and any additional equipment that the school may need to purchase prior to starting at the school or college and these are assessed regularly to ensure the child/young person is receiving the support they require
Who we work with
Young Epilepsy (as mentioned previously, the national charity that operates St Piers School) provides a range of specialist care services including; consultant neurologists, child and adolescent psychologist, clinical fellows (registrars), research fellows (Joint with Great Ormond Street Hospital), epilepsy nurse specialists, nursing staff, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists speech and language therapists and play therapists. Each student’s needs and abilities are assessed by our multi-disciplinary team. We create an individually tailored programme of education and provide a ‘waking day’ curriculum
How we work with other agencies
To apply for a place at St Piers School please contact Mandy Richmond Admissions Officer 01342 831348 who will arrange for an assessment of the child's needs. Providing funding is agreed by the local authority and we can meet the child's needs, a place will be offered
Specialist services and expertise
Young Epilepsy (the national charity that operates St Piers School) provides a range of specialist care services including; consultant neurologists, child and adolescent psychologist, clinical fellows (registrars), research fellows (Joint with Great Ormond Street Hospital), epilepsy nurse specialists, nursing staff, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists speech and language therapists and play therapists.
Parental involvement
Parents are encouraged to visit the school and college to discuss the child/young person’s progress and there are annual reviews that parents can attend. There are also regular parent meetings with teachers to discuss progress. If the student is residential, parents will also be able to liaise with care staff.
Helping your child settle with confidence
During the assessment process, students will be introduced to St Piers School and various facilities. When they formally start with St Piers, they would follow an induction programme to help them settle in to their new environment. The day a student starts at St Piers, the planning programme for their transition to their next placements begins. Residential students develop their independent skills by the waking day curriculum. In the last year of the course we work closely with the local authority and the next provider to ensure a smooth and effective transition. Many students from St Piers School will transition to St Piers College, Young Epilepsy's further education college for those aged 19-25 years of age. This is also on our 60 acre campus and this makes transition easier to organise and oversee.
Extended School Day
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Policies
Additional information
NEW SCHOOL OPENING EARLY 2016
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