"Forthright leadership and management drives the school forward and excellent school development planning gives a clear direction. Safeguarding procedures including those for child protection are underpinned by very clear policies that are acted upon and regular training keeps staff up to date.” (Ofsted 2010)
"Well-established cross-curricular strands bind the curriculum together, supporting outstanding outcomes. Numerous clubs at lunchtimes and after school enrich the curriculum. Excellent care, guidance and support in the welcoming ethos improves pupils’ confidence and independence." (Ofsted 2010)
Whilst children may be assessed initially by the Educational Psychologist working in the child’s home area, the school has an “attached” Educational Psychologist, Mrs Samantha Upchurch, who comes to school at least three times a term. By observations made in the classroom she is able to give advice to the class teacher about the appropriate strategy or approach to employ and thus contribute to an individual pupil’s educational programme and share information with parents.
Attached Educational Psychologist
Mrs Catherine Court
Music Therapy is a part of the multi-disciplinary team approach at Amwell View, helping and supporting the pupils to be ‘ready for learning’.
As each child is unique, each will have its own special response to music and sound. The therapist seeks to encourage this natural response by responding herself with music/sounds/words to any way the child is able to communicate.
For some it may be the sheer excitement and joy of making as much ‘sound’ as possible on the largest of the instruments or perhaps discovering that their voice can become an ‘instrument’ of expression. For others it may be a fleeting glance towards a sound source, the motivation to reach out, or the first tentative experiments to use their voices. The use of music (sound) as an expressive medium comes before the acquisition of language and can be particularly useful for encouraging early communication skills.
It is the relationship with the pupil through the shared use of sound and the intensive interaction that is an important part of this way of working. This musical relationship can be the basis for new experiences of interacting, leading to development and change.
With its contribution to the overall development of the child considering emotional, developmental and physical needs, the process is accessible for all the pupils across the age range. Any pupil may be referred by any professional involved in their care and by parents. The therapist will make an assessment and recommend either ongoing individual work or work in a small group.
Parents receive a music therapy report at annual review and have feedback on progress including video clips at parent/teacher consultations.
The school nurse is in school for 6 hours a day, 9:00am to 5:00pm. She deals with the arrangements for school medicals and any ailments or accidents that occur while she is on the premises. The role of the school nurse is an important aspect of your child’s time in school. Please keep the nurses informed of any changes or additions to medical information so that they may work effectively in partnership with us all. If a pupil is unwell during the school day, the School Nurse may consider it necessary for the child to go home. Collection of the child will be the responsibility of the parents and, therefore, it is essential that telephone numbers are kept up to date to ensure that you can be contacted. If a child is well enough to be in school, it is expected that he or she will follow the complete curriculum as timetabled in each class.
Mrs Karen Rolph RN, RM, RSCN, ENB 998
Mrs Sarah Holland Children’s Nurse
The Physiotherapist is based at Amwell View School & Specialist Sports College. She is supported in her work by an assistant. If parents have any concerns with regard to physiotherapy, please contact the Physiotherapist via the school secretary (01920 870027).
Mrs Sue Dickinson BSC Physiotherapist, MCSP,
Speech and Language Therapy
At present we have a core Speech and Language Therapist plus two additional Therapists. A Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, who has been trained by the therapists enables work to continue with some children. However it will not be possible to give each pupil individual sessions. We assume that the support of a speech therapist is essential for every pupil so parents would not be consulted before the Speech Therapist works with their child. Regular meetings are arranged between parents, class teachers and therapists.
The school receives the equivalent of a full time speech and language therapist over the week and also has the support of an assistant one day a week.
Annick Algar is the Lead Highly Specialist Speech and Language therapist for Amwell and works 2 days a week, currently Monday and Wednesday.
There are two rotational posts at the school.
At present one of these rotations is in school on a Monday and a Thursday and the other on a Tuesday. Rotations are based at Amwell View for a minimum of an academic year.
1. Adopt a total communication approach throughout school, where pupils have access to their own means of communication throughout the day.
2. Develop means of communication appropriate to each child’s individual needs.
3. Create opportunities for communication throughout the curriculum to enable each child to communicate to the best of their ability.
Pupils starting school
On entry to school the majority of children are already known to the Speech and Language Services (SALT). If a pupil is not known, school staff can refer them. If a child has specific eating and drinking needs, a medical referral is required.
A pupils speech and language needs are assessed within the school setting using a combination of individual assessments: classroom observations: liaison between staff and family and home observations.
At Amwell View School we adopt this approach using a range of alternative and augmentative communication methods to support and encourage speech and language development. These are not used in isolation and a pupil may use several of these methods.
Methods currently used in school are Makaton signing, PECS, Symbols, Communication books and passports, communication aids and real object cues/objects of reference.
In general Pupil’s needs are best met when education and SALT work closely together in the following ways:
• SALT observation in classes to share good practice and negotiate further communication goals within classroom setting.
• Joint writing of communication targets.
• Joint planning and delivery of lessons.
• Education staff to attend individual and group therapy sessions as appropriate to support generalisation of new skills being taught.
• Baseline level of training for all staff and specific training according to individual needs.
• Regular and close liaison with home/carers.
The multi-disciplinary team approach is adopted consistently at Amwell View School. We work very closely with school staff, Paediatricians, Nursing team, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Communication underpins all learning and therefore we are committed to providing specialised teaching/therapy to each child’s individually identified skills in this primary area.
Attached Speech & Language Therapists
Mrs Annick Algar HN Diploma Speech Pathology and Therapy