The ethos of the school is based on the philosophy that nurturing positive relationships is essential for achieving successful educational and personalised developmental outcomes for all our learners.

The main aims of the school are to:

  • Maximise each pupil’s potential to be as independent as possible in their future lives.

  • Ensure all learners can engage, progress and achieve within their learning.

  • Enable all learners to develop their knowledge and skills in; maths, science, English & Linguistics, technological, human & social, physical, and aesthetic & creative learning opportunities.

  • Promote the intellectual, personal, spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of all learners at the school, together with their sense of citizenship and their place within the school, the wider community and modern Britain.

  • To prepare all learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our staff

All our staff are highly experienced in working effectively with vulnerable children and young people with complex diagnoses, learning difficulties, social, emotional, mental health issues and autistic spectrum conditions.

The relationships, routines and environments are highly bespoke, adapted to help children and young people to develop behaviours for learning, engage with their education, build self-confidence and cultivate ambition and aspiration.

Our school curriculum

At the heart of our school curriculum is a synergy between the core subjects of English and Maths the seek to engage learners using their own specialist interests. The coverage of the national curriculum is achieved through innovative strategies that seek to combine the subjects in a themed curriculum framework. This allows the team to be responsive to the changing needs of the learners whilst providing a robust structure that ensures all areas of the national curriculum are addressed.

The multidisciplinary approach is key to the success of the school and individual learners. Therapeutic approaches are deeply embedded in the delivery of the school curriculum. The on-site therapy team work closely with session leaders and tutors to ensure effective multidisciplinary working. The Therapy Enterprise projects, recognised by Ofsted as ‘excellent’, serve as a highly effective vehicle for the delivery of diagnosed therapy needs. These projects have won a number of national awards from the Young Enterprise accreditation scheme. Learners are able to undertake internal and external work placements and access a range of community activities. The range of work internal experience placements include working on reception, in the café, carrying out administration duties such as auditing and ordering resources and working with the grounds team. External work experience opportunities include visits to local dementia homes, running a stand at local markets and working with animals at an external farm school.

Our campus

The school Seaford campus provides excellent learning and recreational environments including:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool

  • Playing fields & grounds for outdoor learning;

  • Horticulture area including polytunnels and flower garden

  • Sensory garden

  • An ‘open all day’ music café/venue – Harmonies

  • State of the art IT hub and project space

  • Outdoor gym

  • ‘OPTI Music’ studio

  • Sports hall

  • Tennis courts/basketball

  • Youth Club

  • Sensory room

  • Music studio

  • Art room

  • Fully equipped Food Tech room.