Arc School Ansley is an independent day school near Nuneaton in Warwickshire, for children and young people aged between 11 and 16, who have struggled to manage in mainstream school settings. The curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of each pupil in order that they have the opportunity to meet their full potential, in an environment which is both therapeutic and supportive.
All of the pupils at the school have Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care plans, for a wide variety of special educational needs including SEMH, autism, ADHD and attachment disorder.
All young people are taught in small groups of no more than six, with teaching assistants available to provide support in class where required. The curriculum is both creative and adapted to individual needs, in order that pupils are able to access the teaching and learning available. The small group environment is intended to create a calm atmosphere, which prevents anxiety levels of the young people getting to a point that they struggle.
In order to support the teaching staff in delivering a personalised curriculum for every child, each young person is allocated a keyworker who looks after their personal well-being. The keyworker is also the point of contact for parents, carers and professionals. Keyworkers stay in regular contact with parents and carers in order to ensure all information which may affect the welfare of the young person is shared on a regular basis and also ensures that all queries and concerns are addressed at an early stage. This means that any necessary adaptations can be made to the curriculum in order to meet the changing needs of the young person. Keyworkers are available at all times where students need to withdraw from lessons in order to manage their anxiety levels.
All the young people at Arc School Ansley are able to access a broad and balanced curriculum. All young people follow the national curriculum and take examinations at GCSE and Entry Level as well as BTEC, Functional Skills and Arts Award. Part time further education college placements and work experience are offered at Key Stage 4 in order to prepare the young people for adult life. The majority of young people then move onto college placements when leaving the school. The school offers a comprehensive intervention programme to support pupils with specific literacy and numeracy difficulties.
The school has acess to a wide range of specialist support which includes speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and educational psychology.
Within the school there is a separate, low arousal learning space designed to enable pupils with higher complex needs to engage in learning. Several staff have completed SCERTS training and are using this model to specifically support pupils both in this area and throughout the wider school. All staff in the school are trained to at least AET Level 2. There is communication support used around the school, including symbol software to make language and communication more accessible for all pupils. We work in partnership with the National Autistic Society to develop and enhance our offering.
Students manage their behaviour throughout the school day using a diary system which records both their learning and behaviour, as well as their emotional well-being. The diaries are then reviewed weekly in order that any repetitive behaviours which are causing concern can be addressed. In addition, the diaries also record positive behaviours and achievements in order for those to be recognised and celebrated, linked to the school's rewards system.
The school ensures opportunities are provided for students outside the classroom environment. A key feature of the curriculum is creativity and opportunity and the shcool has established links with various organisations who can extend the curriculum on offer. These include English Heritage, The National Trust, The Herbert Museum and Warwick Arts Centre. The school is also signed up to the RSA Education Charter. Pupils successullyl particpatie each year in the Warwick Arts Centre's Dance Project with professional choregraphers and dancers. Pupils also take part in environmental projects and PE takes place at the local leisure centre. In addition, pupils are able to access a wide variety of activities on a Friday afternoon including rock climbing, wakeboarding nd snowboarding. Pupils have an opportunity to take part in residential visits which have included a PGL Outdoor Activities Centre, a field studies centre in Snowdonia and in 2017 a visit to France.
All admissions to Arc School Ansley are managed extremely carefully to ensure all pupils can make the transition to the school in the most positive way possible. An initial visit is followed by a more formal meeting and then a home visit which, if successful results in the young person attending the school through a personalised transition process. This process is designed to be as flexible as possible in order that the individual needs of the young person are met.