St. Giles School
An Introduction to Our School
St. Giles is a friendly and aspirational school for children and young people aged 3-18 with a broad range of difficulties from moderate/severe to profound and multiple, which includes those with autism and associated behaviours. We are situated in the market town of Retford and our school serves the whole of the Bassetlaw area, which is the most northerly district of Nottinghamshire.
There are currently 125 pupils on roll – 40 primary aged children and 85 secondary aged pupils, including students who attend our Post 16.
Our pupils are encouraged to work in a stimulating and caring environment, where they are taught that ‘no dreams are out of reach’. Our aim is to develop the full potential of individual children involving teachers, other professionals and parents in partnership.
We also have a health care Support team, personal care team and a senior moving and handling advisor. In addition, the school has regular support from visiting specialist professions nurses, pediatricians, speech therapists, physio therapists, occupational therapists and a senior educational psychologist.
Our purpose-built school was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent in 2009 and includes, an early years classroom, teaching classrooms and specialist areas such as science lab, technology, music, and art room. Additional specialist facilities including hydrotherapy pool, soft play room and an interactive sensory room provide opportunities for a highly personalised learning environment. The school also has extensive grounds with play areas equipped with trim-trails, swings, round-a-bouts, trampolines, a multi surface court and interactive sensory exploration area.
St. Giles School aims to develop the full potential our pupils by providing a broad based and balanced curriculum which is individually tailored to the needs of each pupil. Curriculum includes National Curriculum and its pre-requisites, sensory education, communication skills, a wide ranging personal and social education programme, mobility education, and a well-developed post 16 education programme.
Our pupils are based in teaching groups according to their ability and more loosely their chronological age. There are currently three teams, focusing on formal, semi-formal and pre-formal teaching, called Discovers, Explorers and Adventures. Each teaching group is the responsibility of a teacher, supported by at least two teaching assistant. Phases (primary, secondary and post 16) are encouraged to work collaboratively, resulting in a positive life-long approach to learning, which prepares our pupils for adulthood from their earliest years.
Our school has a long tradition of community involvement; we are supported by a highly effective network of ‘Friends of St Giles’ and have a coffee shop in town run by our older students, which not only provides a great interface with our local community, it also supports students to hone their functional and independence skills.
St. Giles aims for strong links with parents. School diaries provide a daily link between home and school. Newsletters, a parents’ hub, review meetings and parents’ evenings all form part of our broader communication system.
St. Giles School and Nottinghamshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment.
St Giles has been specially designed and built to ensure we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of children and young people. Our building is fully accessible, with wide doorways for pupils in wheelchairs, guide rails for pupils with visual impairments and specialist acoustic blinds and sails to support pupils with sensory processing difficulties and Autism.
Pupils can access a range of NHS specialists who periodically work out of the school. Providing access to equipment and assessments to ensure their needs are met in a timely way.
To support new pupils as they transition into Team St Giles, we are creating a bank of resources including a social story, photographs and a virtual tour. If you need further support, please contact the office and we will endeavour to help.