Mrs Karen Halford
Head Teacher
Tel: 01777 703683
Email: head@www.st-giles.notts.sch.uk

Aims, Values and Ethos

Vision Statement

St Giles School has embarked on a journey chartered for excellence.

St Giles is dedicated to providing a specialist, quality service that cares for and upholds the needs, rights and entitlements of those individuals with special needs and their families.

St Giles School challenges pupils to achieve their full potential through a nurturing environment that has high standards in relation to the curriculum, teaching, learning, behaviour and achievement.

St Giles School values the uniqueness of the individual and responds to the challenge of special needs through knowledge, understanding and empathy. We endeavour to prepare pupils for the independent journey of lifelong learning.

Exceeding expectations through challenge.

 

St Giles School – Primary Department Ethos

St Giles School primary department offers a quality education to pupils between the ages of three and eleven who experience a wide range of learning difficulties.  St Giles is a school without boundaries.  The ethos of the primary department is to create a learning environment which promotes the following beliefs:

  • Education is child-centred and encourages the development of self-awareness and self esteem.
  • Education is purposeful, with each pupil showing an eagerness to learn in a pleasant and organised atmosphere.
  • Education enables our pupils to fulfil their true potential and achieve as much independence as possible.
  • Education is fun and enjoyable.

The aim of the primary department is to meet the needs of all pupils through a stimulating, varied, age appropriate, personalised and differentiated learning programme.  These are known as Independent Education Plans (or IEP’s) and each pupil has one covering subjects of English (including early communication and speaking and listening), Maths, ICT or Personal and Social Education.  Individual need is paramount and the IEP’s will reflect this in the targets that are given.  Educational objectives are set that are appropriate in terms of content and teaching and learning styles.  This is achieved by accurate monitoring and assessment of each pupil in all curriculum areas.  There is also close liaison with the multi-disciplinary team working at St Giles School.

Department Organisation

There are currently five class groups in the primary department.  They are largely mixed ability groups but pupils are generally grouped in KS2 according to broad ability and classes are named after trees.

Willow – supports pupils who are aged from pre-school, F1, F2 and Year One (2-6 years).  There is one teacher (who is also the Assistant Head for the Primary Department), one part-time Grade 5 teaching assistant, one full time teaching assistant and two part-time teaching assistants (equivalent to one full time teaching assistant).  Personal care support is given to support pupil moving and handling, physiotherapy, personal care and feeding as and when needed throughout the day.  Pupils in this class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2014.  Pupils in this group have mainly Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Hearing and Visual Disabilities, Complex Medical Needs, ASD and Severe Learning Difficulties.

Maple – supports pupils who are Years 3-6 (7-11 years).  There is one teacher and two teaching assistants in the class.  Personal care support is given when needed.  Pupils in this group follow a KS2 curriculum and the pupils have mainly High Functioning ASD and Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties and some speech and language difficulties.  Some pupils display challenging behaviours.

Cedar – supports pupils who have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Complex Medical Needs, ASD and Sensory Impairments and are between Years 3 and 6 (8-11 years).  There is one teacher, two teaching assistants and regular personal care assistants to support pupil moving and handling, physiotherapy, personal care and feeding.  Pupils in this group follow a KS2 Curriculum and/or a more sensory based approach to the curriculum.

Oak – supports pupils who are Years 1-2 (5-7 years).  There is one teacher and two teaching assistants in the class.  Personal care support is given when needed.  Pupils in this group follow a KS1 curriculum.  Pupils in this group have Severe Learning Difficulties, speech and language delay and/or ASD.  The children follow a kinaesthetic, more active approach to learning and the aim is to develop good classroom routines to maximise learning potential.

Rowan – is an all age specialist ASD provision for pupils that can range from FS2-Year 6 (5-11 years).  There is one teacher and two teaching assistants in the class.  Personal care support is given when needed.  Pupils in this group follow a specialist, structured personalised timetable and the TEACCH approach, Elements of the “Small Steps” curriculum may be used where appropriate.  Some pupils display challenging behaviours.

All teaching staff are responsible for the organisation and management of their class groups, medium term planning and the planning of IEP’s and lessons.  Teachers must prepare reports for Annual Educational Reviews in the subjects they teach.

The Assistant Head with primary responsibility will support the department’s monitoring and tracking of pupil progress with primary staff through “Pupil Progress” meetings which support the implementation of intervention strategies’ to ensure pupil progress.  The Assistant Head will also monitor the department’s assessment cycle through a detailed and rigorous management cycle.

Kirstie Mallatratt – Assistant Head, St Giles School – June 2017

Review Date: June 2018