Westcroft School has accommodation for 180 pupils with complex cognitive educational needs.
The age range of pupils admitted to Westcroft is from rising five age up to nineteen years of age.
The school has two departments:
- Year R – Year 6 Primary
- Year 7 to Year 14
We currently have 7 classes in the Primary phase. Pupils are set in these classes according to age. The classes are mixed year groups; there is a maximum of 12 pupils in each class.
In the secondary phase the pupils are arranged in tutor groups which are related to NC years up to Year 11, with a maximum of 12 pupils in each tutor group. In Key Stage 3 pupils are broadly streamed for core subjects of English and Maths. For foundation subjects they are streamed across the Key Stage.
Post 16 pupils are organised as a whole, based around their individual plans.
All teaching is carried out by staff who are experienced in teaching children with learning difficulties. We have subjects specialists across the school. We have a full time Speech, Language and Communication Technician who works with individuals or groups and provides staff support. Staff are kept up to date with training through the school, outside agencies or training course providers.
At the start of each academic year, staff use previous knowledge of the child to begin baseline assessment. Evidence is gathered by observation of the children and within the first 6 weeks an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is drawn up which is shared with parents. These ILPs are monitored and revised termly.
Our assessment tool within school is Solar and this helps us to monitor small steps of progress. As well as termly ILPs pupils will have an annual review of their statement/EHCP and receive a yearly report in the Summer Term. There are opportunities for parents’ discussions in the Autumn and Summer Terms.
Approaches to Teaching
The majority of pupils will have their needs met through normal classroom arrangement and appropriate differentiation. Teachers are encouraged to take a practical and creative approach to teaching. Where different approaches are needed this will form part of the pupil’s ILP.