Head Teacher, Rupe Hosie, joined the Arc School Old Arley towards the end of 2016.
Rupe brings with her a wealth of experience in working within specialist educational settings including those supporting young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, autism and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Rupe has worked in specialist settings with young people from the age of three all the way to adults.
With autism as her specialism, Rupe and her staff team have a vision for the young people who leave Arc School Old Arley. The shared vision is that each young person is able to go out into the wider community and have the best opportunities and be as successful and independent as possible. Also, that while the young people are in school all their needs are met in order to ensure their full potential in academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development.
Rupe and the team at Arc School Old Arley are child-centred. Academic achievement is important for the school but there is also an emphasis on life skills and how traditional curriculum subjects translate into daily life skills, such as writing a shopping list, understanding budgets and keeping safe.
The majority of staff at Arc School Old Arley have completed the Autism Education Trust Level 2 certificate or are competent to that level. The school has specialist qualified teaching staff who deliver subjects which include English, maths, science, cookery, IT and PHSE. The school has dedicated staff responsible for safeguarding and inclusion, education, behaviour management and care.
The quality of staff and experience ensure a consistent and successful approach to working with young people on the spectrum. The staff work hard to create the school’s unique pastoral care system where every pupil is valued and cared for.