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 48 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.
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
Key Stage 3
We aim to support, whilst providing experiences that challenge and enable students to progress. During Key Stage 3, our students experience, explore and learn through a thematic, holistic curriculum which involves Numeracy, Literacy, Science, Humanities (Geography, History and RE), PSHE, Food Technology, ICT, Creative Development (Art, Design and Technology and Music), community visits, and PE, including weekly Rebound Therapy and swimming lessons.
Students are encouraged to develop their independence, life skills, social skills and their awareness and understanding of the world around them; learning is made fun and practical.
Learning continues during registration, snack, playtime and at lunchtime: for example taking responsibility for setting the table and washing up at snack time, reading and performing stories and enjoying creative activities at playtime, or learning social skills, such as turn taking and interacting at the lunch table.
Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
At Key stage 4 and 5 we use the Equals ‘Moving on’ scheme of work, a five year rolling programme of study for 14-19 year olds. This complements plans in Literacy, Numeracy and a range of therapies. ICT is embedded across the curriculum. Units of work are cross referenced to OCR assessments, which enables our students to achieve an Extended Certificate or Diploma in Life and Living Skills. There is particular emphasis on developing communication, independence and life skills in preparation for adult life. The local community is used as a key resource.
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.