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The school day is 9.15am-3.15pm.
We want to ensure that each pupil has the most positive learning environment to meet their educational and emotional needs. To achieve this, from September 2016 we reduced the need for a pupil to move class because they are a particular age. As part of this process we renamed the departments in school. Last year the Departments were known as Hubs and are now known as follows:
- Foundation Department
- Middle Department
- Senior Department
- The Haven: a Department for pupils who respond well to a quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main school. This is attached to part of the Enterprise Hub building.
- The Space: our specialist unit in the grounds of the school.
Over their time with us most pupils will move from Department to Department. Many of our pupils cope well with this and even enjoy the moves. Some pupils find it difficult but are supported (by staff and transition activities) to cope and benefit from the changes, which we consider to be good preparation for coping with change in the outside world, and as preparation for the transition to post school settings and adult life.
For a small number of pupils moving to a new classroom and/or area of school is extremely traumatic and we feel it will be beneficial to reduce the number of class moves they have during their school life. We are a large school and, whilst most pupils enjoy the hustle and bustle of moving down busy corridors during the school day, some pupils find it stressful and we want to reduce the need for this through a base in The Haven.