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"To raise aspirations of every child and give them confidence to fulfil their potential through positive experiences"
Welcome to Orrets Meadow's Website! Our most recent Ofsted report, October 2017, found Orrets Meadow for the fourth consecutive time to be an 'Outstanding' school. In May 2019 we achieved Autism Accreditation. The report commends us for having the highest standards of provision for children with Autism.
We are a special school for children aged 5-11, who have an EHCP for Social Communication Difficulties including Autism. All of our children are working below age related expectation and have difficulties in reading and spelling. They may also have specific difficulties with maths, attention, social skills, speech and language, organisational skills, spatial awareness and fine/gross motor skills.
Orrets Meadow offers children ; specialist teachers in Autism, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, small classes of 8-12 pupils, tuition using multi-sensory techniques and a carefully structured approach with opportunities for reinforcement and revision. Our learning programmes and methods are tried and tested but are flexible and adapted to suit the needs of the individual. Positive mental health, developing resilience and building a love of school and learning, are at the forefront of everything we do. The 3 values for all our staff and pupils are; Work Hard, Be Nice and Never Give up!
All of our classrooms are ‘ASD’ friendly. Each class uses visual timetables, emotional thermometers to gauge mental health, has access to a sensory room and their own toilet and changing facilities. Sensory circuit runs every morning from 9-12 so the children can have as many sensory breaks as they require to help them regulate and be ready to learn. Each child has a pen portrait and a sensory diet profile.
Our policy is to re-awaken interest in learning, to restore the child’s confidence and self-esteem and to help every pupil reach his or her potential. At the same time, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum relevant to the pupil’s needs and abilities. Progress is carefully monitored in a variety of ways, including standardised diagnostic reading and spelling tests. At all time the pupil's mental health is paramount and this remains a relentless focus for the school and all it's stakeholders.
We work with many professionals to help remove barriers to learning including; School nurses, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Camhs Therapists. We use our Pupil Premium to fund both a Speech Therapist on site two days a week and weekly visits from Thumbs Up. We will also have our own full time Home School Worker. We have regular coffee mornings with a wide range of courses and visitors. Parents describe Orrets Meadow as being like their family.
Orrets Meadow also provides a number of traded services. A traded outreach service is available to mainstream schools for Literacy and Numeracy. Training for Teachers and Teaching Assistants can be provided, as well as advice and assessment expertise from a specialist team (SENAAT).
We hope that if your child joins us he or she will be happy and make excellent progress and will continue on to Secondary School with the skills and confidence to succeed.
If you have any further queries or if you would like to visit Orrets Meadow, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Duncan - Headteacher