We are committed to providing broad, balanced, inclusive and accessible learning opportunities that confirm each student’s entitlement to learning.
Learning is at the heart of everything we do at Underley Garden; it is what we are all about. Because we operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year we have an almost unlimited supply of very real and valuable opportunities to help learning take place.
At Underley Garden we view learning as a lifelong process which takes place as much in everyday life as in traditional educational settings. In this context, learning is understood in a very broad sense and can encompass, for example, learning to manage difficult feelings safely, finding out about the world around us, studying for an important exam or making a cup of tea.
Our work gives practical expression to the view that the classroom is not the only place in which worth while lessons and learning can take place.
We believe that we all have the potential to learn from everything we do and we believe that learning gives people the opportunity to ‘be all that they can be’. We know that all learning must be outcomes focused if it is to be effective. We view the core purpose of education as developing in every young person the capacity to live a fulfilling life and to help others to do so.
“Personalisation is an underpinning principle at Underley Garden. A user friendly and flexible curriculum structure is essential so that we have the capacity to build personalised programmes around the needs of each young person”.
All young people are considered for courses that can lead to recognised qualifications within the National Qualifications Framework. Because of the opportunity offered by a combination of education and care facilities the school is able to offer a fully personalised 24 hour curriculum. Careful planning across care and education ensures that there is continuity when the young people move from the school setting to their residential areas. This provides consistency of approach and enables each young person to practice and reinforce skills and knowledge in a range of contexts.
Underley Garden is in or near to a wide variety of environments and special amenities. The Fylde Coast, with its leisure facilities, is within easy reach. The Dales National Park and the Lake District are on our doorstep and the school has a permanent camp site on the shores of Lake Windermere.
Underley Garden School: Education
At Underley Garden School we believe that we all have the potential to learn from everything we do and we believe that learning gives people the opportunity to ‘be all that they can be’. We know that all learning must be outcomes focused if it is to be effective. We view the core purpose of education as developing in every young person the capacity to live a fulfilling life and to help others to do so.
In addition to the statutory curriculum the school and home provides a range of additional activities including:
- Vocational and work related learning
- School productions and theatre trips
- Field trips and visits to enhance learning
- Themed activity days/ weeks
- External speakers and visiting practitioners, for example artists and musicians, who offer special projects and workshops
- Clubs reflecting a diversity of needs
- Holidays in the UK and abroad
Holly Trees is a new specialist provision providing education for children of 5 and above who have an autistic spectrum condition or a learning difficulty. We also have capacity to admit children who have additional health needs.
What We Offer:
- A highly personalised programme developed in response to individual assessment of needs. We believe that every child has the potential to make huge progress if the conditions are right. It is our purpose to provide the optimum conditions, to enable us to meet the specific and changing needs with individualised strategies and unique approaches.
- An autism friendly learning environment. All our classes which are based on the ground floor have small numbers, usually 6 or under with one member of staff for every two pupils, to get the very best outcomes for our children. Inside, the school is spacious and quiet. Outside, we have large and very attractive grounds with many opportunities for environmental learning.
- A dedicated staff team who are experienced, enthusiastic and innovative , who are focussed on making sure our children to do their very best and achieve great progress in their education and personal development.
- A multidisciplinary team onsite made up of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Learning Disability Nurses. The therapists and health team regularly visit every class to work with individual children and lead group activities. The therapists also advice the education staff on imbedding therapeutic approaches in all aspects of school life.
- A curriculum, based on the Independent School Regulations but also informed by National Curriculum, gives us great flexibility to deliver the most appropriate and meaningful learning opportunities which include a great emphasis on social and communication skills.
Holly Trees: Our Pupils
With the right support, young people with special educational needs can make the transition to adulthood successfully. Effective support and early planning around transition is essential to help them achieve their ambitions and realise their potential.
The plan considers how the future needs of the young person, in the areas of further education, health, housing, work, and appropriate levels of care, can be met when they reach the age of 16 and beyond. This involves gathering information from the young person, their family, school teachers and local authority representatives.
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