School Information – Stocklake Park
Stocklake Park School is part of the Vale Federation of Special Schools and is based on two sites, Stocklake Park main site and Harding House. We offer educational provision for students with complex learning difficulties, from 11 to 19 years of age. Our Harding House site is for post 16 students only, the curriculum designed specifically to develop the skills students need in order to prepare for life after school. At the Stocklake Park site, we provide for students aged 11-19, including post 16 students with a higher therapeutic need.
There are currently 54 students at the main site, based in seven tutor groups. The curriculum is organised around key questions and themes, which gives students the opportunity to experience and explore different subjects. Central to this is the development of communication and numeracy skills relating to real life situations. Students also experience a range of creative arts and explore aspects of personal, social, moral and emotional education. All our work is based in a belief in each student’s capacity to achieve and be the best they can be, enabling them to be as independent as possible. Our ethos is about encouraging students to value themselves and each other, maximising their enjoyment of learning, whilst developing self esteem and confidence.
Students have access to a range of therapies, multi-agency professionals and specialist staff, including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and specialist teachers.
Admissions to the school is through Bucks Local Authority Admissions.
For further details refer to our Admission Policy which can be found in the Statutory Policies Menu.
Our Vision and Values
Our vision as a Federation is to provide a supportive but challenging multi-professional approach to the education of all the young people in our care, enabling them to achieve the greatest possible level of independence and inclusion.
Essential to this is:
- The aspiration to be a centre of excellence working with others to support all young people with special educational needs to reach their potential
- The dedication and commitment of staff to their own development, encouraging and supporting them through challenging training, enabling them to be an example of best practice
- The support and motivation of every pupil to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes required for their future, whether this be another school setting, college or into the adult world
- The provision of a stimulating and challenging range of exciting learning opportunities and environments
- Our partnership with families and our community
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Year 7 Catch Up
Each year, Stocklake Park school receives Year 7 Catch Up premium funding (Literacy and Numeracy) for year 7’s. This is a government initiative that provides additional funding to all state-funded schools with a year 7 cohort, including special schools. £500 per pupil is the current funding per year. Each school in receipt of this funding is required to publish certain information on the school’s website and must include the following information:
- Plans to spend the current academic year’s allocation (by October half term)
- Monies spent the previous academic year (by October half term)
- What effect the premium had on pupils’ educational performance (impact)
- How the school assessed the effect on progress (by Autumn Data report to Governors)
OFSTED inspectors will consider how schools are using the premium and the impact of this within their inspection visits to the school
- To ensure personalised learning is at the heart of our provision, delivered through a differentiated approach within teaching and learning
- to provide a means to further pupil engagement in learning
- To provide additional support/resources
- To ensure all pupils are prepared well for learning
- To provide opportunities for transition from primary setting
- To provide extra-curricular activities
The school will consider the objectives/outcomes from the pupils’ EHC plan in addition to prior knowledge from primary school to determine how this additional funding is used. All expenditure will be planned by the October half term.
Students have access to a range of therapies, multi-agency professionals and specialist staff, including Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Teachers. 95% of our students have speech and language therapy provision identified in their statement, and approximately 50% Occupational Therapy and/or Physiotherapy. The school has a school nurse, and has close working links with social/adult care services, CAMHS. Educational Psychology servies, and the Specialist Teaching Service for children with visual impairment.
We are always looking for ways to improve students’ access to the curriculum and to provide a range of interests and needs. Central to this is the use of specialist equipment, particularly for our students with sensory needs and profound and multiple learning difficulties, and highly trained staff who how the students well.