Opening in September 2021
We are a team with extensive experience and expertise in special education and therapeutic support for pupils whose needs can no longer be met in a mainstream provision.
We work with pupils aged 7–16 who have a range of social, emotional, mental health needs which may include Autistic Spectrum Conditions. There are likely to be gaps in learning due to prior disaffection in education. Our pupils may have already experienced a range of educational settings and interventions.
The leadership team have spent their careers' in specialist children's education and Yarrow Heights is the opportunity to build a centre of excellence in this sector to be a new resource for the community.
Innovative. Accountable. Transforming Lives.
An Enhanced curriculum embeds therapeutic interventions and strategies into the educational programme to transform our pupils' perceptions of their own abilities and promote mental wellbeing and social-emotional development.
We use the Attachment-Regulation-Competency (ARC) framework to underpin all of our interactions with pupils. All staff are trained in this specific approach, which is a core element of a holistic education: there is a wonderful sense of hope in helping young people to understand how their brain works, to learn to self-regulate, to develop an improved self-awareness, and in turn build their self-confidence.
All staff are trained in Positive Behavioural Support that together with guided therapeutic interventions, help pupils to understand the context and meaning of behaviour. This combined approach helps pupils to build better coping strategies and positive emotional control.
Our SEN teachers work side-by-side with a highly experienced therapy team that includes Psychology, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Drama and Play Therapy. This Enhanced Curriculum (joint therapy and education) creates a healing environment. All our staff are trained to help pupils identify, understand, accept and know feelings to achieve improved emotional regulation and wellbeing.
Our high staff-to-pupil ratio means that our programme is bespoke to the unique needs of each pupil. Highly trained staff deliver group teaching, one to one support, and outreach in the community with families ensuring that we have an adaptability that makes us specialists in our field.
Our pupils access a broad curriculum to maximise their opportunities to achieve nationally accredited qualifications. We provide an exciting, interactive, and engaging technology-led curriculum, where all aspects of the curriculum are underpinned by high quality and readily available resources and technology. Our teaching and learning focus ensures that children are offered a range of learning experiences which are challenging, real life and meaningful. With hands-on projects and group learning, teachers show pupils how to apply life-long skills, such as collaborating with a team, interpreting data, and presenting persuasive arguments. With guidance and feedback from highly experienced teachers, pupils select goals, adjust strategies, know when to seek help and reflect on their progress.
Our elevated expectations for each pupil are incorporated into their individual Personal Development Plan. We promote a love for learning thorough the use of a range of teaching styles that include the personalised needs of each pupil. Cognition and learning develop through our themed and topic-based curriculum supported by child-centred plans to adapt ways of learning to build knowledge, skills and understanding. This at times requires flexibility to accommodate the many and varied complex needs and the associated mental health vulnerabilities that need to be supported throughout the school day.
Our Extended Day means that we have a flexible timetable to accommodate our pupils' needs with breakfast clubs, after school activities and a robust outdoor learning programme to build positive social skills, friendships, hobbies and for older children accelerate vocational interests.
Our comprehensive programme of outdoor learning focuses on positive engagement in social groups and opportunities to build resilience and emotional well-being. This programme extends into our community, and includes a wide range of sporting activities, voluntary work, and for the older pupils, apprenticeships, and work experience. We encourage children to take part in Duke of Edinburgh Awards and outdoor personal challenges, many of which carry a recognised national accreditation. The purpose here is to develop problem-solving skills, interest in new experiences and creative thinking: the hallmarks of increased personal resilience.
Our support for families is unique at Yarrow Heights School. We have a dedicated team of family therapists and experts that are led by a Head of Family Inclusion. Our school recognises that the empowerment of parents through parental voice and engagement can have a significant impact on helping the child learn and grow. We supply direct consultation to parents, a weekly support group, online support via our families portal and our hotline for anything relating to parenting, safety, and emergencies. We are focused on a common goal: to support the family and improve family relationships.