To maximise opportunities for pupils at Olsen House School education and support are provided in very small class sizes and where needed, through 1-1 individual intervention support sessions. The school follows the national curriculum where appropriate and each pupil has their own tailored timetable designed to take into account individual educational and learning needs. Pupils enjoy studying for a wide range of qualifications including functional skills, GCSE’s and BTEC, there is also a high emphasis on learning outside the classroom.
Olsen House has a value-based approach to education and is strongly focussed on pupil development the school has created the best opportunities for this to happen. The school offers
placements from year 5 at Key Stage 2 and has strong links with external providers of further and vocational education.
Olsen House has achieved the Learning Outside the Classroom, bronze award, the International School award, intermediate, the Eco Schools, silver award and the Positive about Disability mark. The school is a member of the National Association for Small Schools and is also a registered centre with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
The school is situated in the heart of the community with excellent travel links. The building is bright and welcoming with a variety of different learning spaces which include:
Computing and IT
Nurture learning space
Therapeutic support and quiet space
The dining room acts as a hub for the school where pupils and staff can begin the day with breakfast before the daily assembly and lessons begin. There are extensive outdoor social and play areas including the garden area which hosts a poly-tunnel where pupils can learn about horticulture and grow some of their own food.
The school accesses local sports and leisure facilities and uses a number of community based settings for much of the learning. These links have been forged by the school’s Cultural Learning and Development Officer and the Pupil Cultural Ambassador, offering opportunities for pupils to visit galleries, theatres, community projects and places of cultural and spiritual