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New Key Stage 1 provision at Arc School Napton

Arc School Napton previously provided education for children in Key Stage 2 but following an extensive refurbishment programme and registering process with regulator Ofsted, the school has now extended its offer for pupils aged between 5 and 11 in Years 1 to 6, one of few such provisions in the country.Smiling young boy

The school, in Napton-on-the-Hill, Warwickshire, offers a specialist environment which benefits children whose educational needs cannot be met in mainstream environments.

Headteacher Adrian Gyles said: “This is a really exciting time. We’ve recently completed a range of refurbishments at the school to ensure the environment can meet the needs of younger pupils.

“The environment is a nurturing one that allows for greater learning through play and activity-based learning rather than the formality of sitting behind tables. Children will be guided through activities which will in turn help them to learn independently.”

The school is currently accepting referrals for the new Key Stage 1 classes – the introduction of which has seen the potential school roll rise from 20 to 35 children. Most of the children referred to the school are out of education or already in a specialist teaching environment.

Adrian said: “We have a very child-focused admission procedure to make sure we are the best place for the young person and that we can meet their needs. Referrals come through the local authority and we will assess to see if we think we can meet the child’s needs. If we can, the child and their parents will be invited to come along to the school for a visit.”

“That can take whatever form is needed to make the child comfortable. We’ve had children visit who are extremely school-phobic, for example, so we introduce slowly and can arrange second or more visits if need be, to help the young person get used to the school, the staff and ultimately the other children. It’s very bespoke to their own individual needs.”

If a child is going to come to the school, the team will also go out for a home visit to chat to parents and others about the child’s likes and dislikes and to show school picture books, team photographs and other materials to help introduce the young person to the school.

Adrian said: “We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming children from Key Stage 1 to the school. The older children are looking forward to being mentors and the leadership and learning opportunities that this will bring for them.”

For further enquiries please contact Adrian Gyles, Head Teacher at Arc School Napton:

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Sporting Excellence at Wings School Cumbria

We just want to say to all the pupils who partake in our wide and varied sporting opportunities “well done”.  Here you can see what they have been up to recently, sailing, badminton and hockey to name a few.  Alongside their classroom and outside learning these help make up a really diverse and enjoyable curriculum which meets the needs of each individual pupil.

Wings Cumbria Sports

Wings Cumbria Equine Facilitated Learning Program

At Wings Cumbria a large number of pupils are accessing an Equine Facilitated Learning Programme at a local stables.  Pupils are learning from the Outside the Classroom learning experience and benefit immensely. The Equine Facilitated Learning Programme has two educational tiers. Nine pupils are working towards AQA unit awards and since the beginning of this school year, between them, they have earned more than 100 certificates, in Horse Care, Stable Management and Riding. Four pupils have also progressed on to completing an EQL (Equine Qualification Limited) Level 1 and will be going on to Level 2 next year.  All of the participants agree that the opportunities have helped them learn new skills, overcome fears, have a sense of responsibility,  and improved their physical fitness and self-esteem.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 at High Peak School

The staff and pupils at High Peak School in Disley have put together a display to help promote positive mental health within the school. The aim is to get pupils talking about the taboo surrounding mental health and teaching them who they can speak to in times of need. The display is a combination of information and resources to help support the pupils at High Peak.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 HP

Wings Notts introduces Sculpture Workshops

The Art Department at Wings Notts are developing lots of new and creative initiatives, one of which are the Thursday Sculpture Workshops

Pupils have been developing their skills in clay modelling around a wire frame, papier–mâché modelling using willow to build the shapes, soapstone carving, print and mask making using clay and mixed media.

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Plans for the summer are to construct earth sculptures around the school grounds of different animals found within the vast grounds of Wings Notts such as badgers and rabbits.

The school has welcomed James Sutton MRBS into the department to lead on this new three dimensional skills day. The classes have proved very popular with excellent attendance from all groups.  The pupil show lots of enthusiasm and are having fun which is vital to the pupils learning experience and their social and emotional well-being. 

Elizabeth (pictured) said; “It’s been really cool, I really enjoy the sessions”. 

We look forward to the summer and viewing the earth sculptures.

Wings Cumbria celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

At Wings School Cumbria the healthcare team have put together a display board in the bistro for everyone to see as well as providing each house with enough information to carry out their own group session on mental health awareness. Within these sessions each young person was given a mental health awareness pack containing brochures and a green lollipop.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Old Arley Football Success

On Friday 10th February 2017, Arc School Old Arley travelled over to Walsall to play their third game of the season against a new team to the league, Elmwood School.

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The pitch and goals were very small, but our players knew how to work them to our advantage. Old Arley took the lead early but Elmwood soon equalised and began to control the game. However, a great kick from our Goalkeeper allowed the second goal of the day. Old Arley then were given a penalty it was converted beautifully to give Arc a comfortable 3-1 lead. Elmwood soon replied though, making the score 3-2 and really began to apply the pressure on Arc. However, Old Arley managed to intercept an Elmwood pass to smash home a fourth goal to and seal a comfortable 4-2 win. 

A game full of action and a hat trick leaving Old Arley in the top three!! Well done lads!