The following support staff visit school on a regular basis:
The physiotherapy staff are in school several days per week. They liaise with teachers to implement physiotherapy programmes and physical management. Home visits are arranged by the physiotherapist where necessary.
Speech therapy is based on a consultancy model where the speech therapist plans programmes for pupils and liaises with teachers implement programmes. Speech therapists visit regularly to review pupils’ progress. In addition to this the school employs a speech therapy assistant for two days a week.
There is an annual dental check and parents are contacted by the dentist if treatment is required.
The orthoptist visits periodically to assess pupils’ vision. Parents are contacted if action is required.
Advisory teachers for the Visually / Hearing Impaired
These teachers visit when required to assess and advise on visual / hearing problems. Audiology clinics are also held in school.
The school paediatrician holds surgeries within school. These are for routine medical examinations and for parents to seek advice on medical matters relating to their child at school.
The school nurse is on site regularly and co-ordinates all health/medical matters and also has curriculum input e.g. personal, social + health education. She is also available by telephone, via the Hub, for advice on health matters regarding the pupils. Class staff will pass on messages to all professionals.
To meet the needs of pupils and families for whom English is a second language an interpreter is used when required. In addition, to support Asian families, a bi-lingual assistant is in school every Wednesday.
Support for staff
The school aims to equip all staff with those skills and knowledge that are necessary to be effective in preparing pupils to become as independent as possible. The school also provides opportunities for personal development, which in turn benefits the children in school. Parents can be assured that professional standards are high and staff in school are given every encouragement and opportunity (within the given resources) to develop their skills in teaching and learning.