"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, May 2012, found Orrets Meadow for the third consecutive time to be an 'Outstanding' school.
We are a special school for children aged 5-11, who have an EHCP for SpLD and/or Social Communication Difficulties including Autism. Children will have difficulties in reading and spelling. They may also have difficulties with maths, organisational skills, spatial awareness and fine/gross motor skills.
Orrets Meadow offers children with Specific Learning Difficulties; specialist teachers in Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, small classes, 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.
We have three Autistic Spectrum Disorder classes, for children in KS1 and KS2, with Social Communication Difficulties and Literacy difficulties. Within these classes the environment has been adapted to ensure they are ‘ASD’ friendly. Each class follows the ‘Teacch’ structure and have access to a sensory room and their own toilet and changing facilities. There is a high staff ratio with 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 teaching assistants.
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.
We work with many professionals to help remove barriers to learning including; School nurse, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Camhs. We use our Pupil Premium to fund both a Speech Therapist on site one and two days a week and weekly visits from Pressure Points and Thumbs Up Education. We will also have our own Family Support Co-ordinator in the Autumn Term.
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 will make excellent progress and return to mainstream education with the skills and confidence to succeed. In July 2014, 23 children left Orrets Meadow and transferred to mainstream secondary schools, 13 of them no longer needed a statement due to the amount of progress they had made at Orrets Meadow. In 2015 24 left us, 22 continued to mainstream secondary school and 8 no longer needed an EHCP.
If you have any further queries or if you would like to visit Orrets Meadow, please do not hesitate to contact me.