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3rd September - school reopens for pupils
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Welcome to Moorcroft School. We hope that you will find our website interesting and informative but please do contact us if you need any further information.
Moorcroft is a Special School and is part of a multi Academy called The Eden Academy. It is a secondary school for students aged between 11 and 19 years with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Some of the pupils may also have additional sensory or physical impairments or challenging behaviour.
At Moorcroft we aim to provide the best possible education outcomes for our students. All of our pupils have a "personalised learning programme" to help them achieve their best. This means that we adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of everyone. We also take great pride in helping our young people become more independent so they can meet the many challenges in society.
Moorcroft School is purpose built is designed for young people whatever their needs may be. The doors are wide enough for wheelchairs to pass through. When taking part in Food Technology lessons; cookers, sinks and work surfaces can be adjusted to wheelchair level. There are overhead hoists throughout the building, so all pupils are able to fully engage in learning. The building is light and spacious, with large well-equipped classrooms and a number of specialist teaching areas. The site is both safe and secure. There is an entrance system to ensure pupils are safe, and outdoor fences are high. We have a large outdoor playground, and there are several, fully secured garden areas.
We have our own hydrotherapy pool with overhead hoists to enable pupils with physical disabilities to access the pool.
There is a large hall which is used for PE, assemblies and for lunches for Lower School pupils. In the Sixth Form, there is a large “Life Skills Area” to enable pupils to develop independence skills. This includes a kitchen and café. There is also a separate garden for sixth form pupils.
We have a large and well-equipped sensory room, and there is also a Sensory Integration room for pupils with sensory processing difficulties. There is a dedicated department for pupils with multi-sensory impairments. This includes a darkroom for pupils with visual impairments. The classrooms, in this department, have curtained and quiet areas, to enable pupils to participate in multi-sensory activities.
Pupils with Autistic Spectrum disorders have access to a learning lodge where they can work quietly and without distraction. All pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties have their own workstations and many of them follow a programme based in the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) system. Classroom have shared “quiet rooms” for individual work.
All pupils are taught in small class groups with the average class size being eight pupils. Every class is staffed by a teacher and has an average of 3 qualified and experienced Teaching Assistants, depending on class size. This helps to ensure that all pupils receive an appropriate balance of whole class, small-group and individual teaching. There are two creative therapists on site, who are employed for 80% of the school week. Creative therapy is allocated according to need. There is a Speech and Language Therapist, and an Occupation Therapist, who works 4 days per week. The Occupational Therapist supports pupils with physical and sensory needs. We also offer Rebound Therapy, delivered by trained staff. Physiotherapists from the Hillingdon Child Development team visit the school twice weekly. They implement programmes that are then carried out by classroom staff. We have an educational psychologist who visits the school regularly to support with pupils who are struggling to achieve their best. The class teacher will ensure that all staff that work with your child enjoy a positive relationship with them and staff will meet regularly to ensure that they are using consistent and effective approaches at all times in their interactions with your child. If a child’s needs are deemed to be exceptional even within our special school setting the School Leadership Team will ensure that further support is available to them.
We have 10 fully qualified teachers within the school. We have a comprehensive induction package for new staff and offer professional training for all staff. We offer training to improve skills when working with pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Multi-sensory Impairments. School and Academy staff, together with outside trainers, deliver the training. All staff receive regular manual handling and Team-Teach training. We have a Signalong tutor working in the school and one Team-Teach trainer. We have 1 safeguarding lead and 2 deputy-safeguarding officers. All staff receive regular safeguarding training.
Academy Leads work regularly within the school. These Leads are responsible for Curriculum and Assessment, Family Services, Continuing Professional Development and Therapy services.
Pupils starting in year 7 undertake a comprehensive transition programme. This involves regular visits to the school during the term before entry. We also meet with professionals from feeder schools to exchange vital information. The careers office and a representative from social services attends the year 9 review to help families prepare for post 16 and beyond. Most pupils in years 13 and 14 attend a college link course once a week. Our transition worker provides advice to pupils and parents about options available when they are 19. She can arrange college visits and assessments days, when exploring suitable placements. All school leavers also have the support of the careers service. Pupils leaving the school have opportunities to visits their future placements, during their final year.
ICT provision is excellent. All teaching areas have at least one computer. All computers can be touch operated and are installed with a range of appropriate software to enhance learning. We use “Communicate in Print” to produce resources for pupils. We have 8 interactive plasma screens. These are all touch operated and can be adjusted to the level of the pupil. The majority of pupils have access to tablet computers and many of these are loaded with software that enables pupils to develop their communication skills. Some pupils are provided with their own communication devices, following an assessment by the Speech and Language Team. We also provide switch access to enable pupils with Multi-sensory needs to communicate better.