Specialist teaching and support staff have been recruited and trained to deliver each of the curriculum areas. Support to staff and pupils comes from various sources depending on need and could be the school nurse, Looked after Children Education Services (SIBS), Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, charities and support organisations, counselling and anger management services.
Each academic year the school undertakes five in-house training days. The first training day of each academic year allows for planning and preparation for the year ahead. Training programmes are delivered by either external specialists or by appropriately trained staff and can be based on the changing needs of the students, school improvement plans, managing performance, appraisals and reviews.
The majority of staff have received Level 2, and some Level 3 training in Autism Awareness, delivered by the Autism Education Trust (AET), as the Autism friendly approaches benefit all learners. The school is in the early stages of looking at the AET competency and standards framework as there is a commitment to provide the most effective provision for pupils with autism. All staff undergo Team Teach positive handling training which has a firm emphasis on de-escalation techniques in order to manage difficult situations safely.
"I am pleased to be the Headteacher here at Arc School Napton as it is a wonderful little school with passion and inclusion at its heart.
My vision is to give every child at the school exceptional learning experiences to enable them to fulfil their early ambitions and to open the pathways they need to succeed. Every child here has the ability to do amazing things and we will unlock these hidden talents to allow the children to flourish in whatever pathways they choose. I have a profound belief that every child has the right to progressive education and the highly experienced and supportive team within the school community work exceptionally hard to deliver this vision.
I’ve been a school leader since 2007 all of which within the special education sector and I have extensive knowledge of the autistic spectrum as well as learners with social, emotional and mental health needs. I am totally committed to safeguarding children and how the school can ensure every learner is safe and successful.
I have a strong connection to helping communities having been involved in Parish Councils and volunteered as a Community First Responder, this drives my continued ambition for the school to be a learning zone for the whole community as well as pupil and families."
Assistant Head - Pastoral
!Hello, my name is Beth and I have been working at Arc School Napton for nearly six years. Since starting my working career, I have always worked with children and young people with a variety of needs ranging from SEMH, physical and learning disabilities, ASD and ADHD.
In July of 2017, I was promoted to Assistant Head – Pastoral, after working as the Pastoral Coordinator / Senior Key Worker for the last three years.
Outside of work I thoroughly enjoy going to my local Rugby Club, where I am the Hon. Secretary to watch friends and family play. I also volunteer at a motorcycle racing circuit in the beautiful Welsh countryside."
Tania Hales – Richardson
Assistant Head - Education
I have the pleasure of working at Arc School Napton in the role of Assistant Head-Education. It is a wonderful place to work and learn.
Every young person who walks through our door deserves the very best education and support that we can offer. I am extremely proud of what we do every day to enable these young people to both access education and develop their social and emotional skills, which in turns leads them to be free to grow and relax into becoming the successful young people we know they are.
Previous to this I have worked in various schools all over the country in both SEND roles (Inclusion Manager, Nurture Group Leader, SENDCo) and mainstream roles as a teacher, Phase Leader and Assistant Head. I have worked with young people from birth to adult and have learnt masses from the range and variety of my experience, which I bring in to my work here at Arc Napton.
I am passionate about providing young people with a voice and the opportunities to shape and develop their school, their curriculum and their community. I am also passionate about us all working together to provide opportunities that prepare the young people for life in modern Britain and that translate into real life skills such as gardening, planning trips and visits and cookery.
Outside of work I practice taekwondo - which is a real passion - and enjoy camping and travelling with my family in our 1973 VW campervan, Yogi."