The school day starts at 9.30 am with a fitness session. After this, the children go into their working groups, with lessons organised according to a Creative Curriculum, based on the National Curriculum. They may also have individual sessions receiving specific interventions, for example to help develop their literacy skills. Afternoon activities include a swimming session on Wednesdays and sports on Thursdays. The children are also regularly included in educational visits and off-site activities, such as trips to museums and galleries.
There are two short breaks in the morning and a third after lunch, during which structured activities are led by adults to promote the children’s health, social, physical and play skills. The children and staff have lunch together.
In addition to the more academic sessions, each child has at least one session with their Learning Mentor, which is more specifically focused on work to promote their social, emotional and behavioural development. Most children will also have a session of psychotherapy each week. Other activities may include group work with our psychotherapist, psychologists and speech and language therapist.
The school day finishes at 3.00 pm, although some children may stay on for positive activities with a Mentor.