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Archdale School

Summary
Archdale School is a designated school for children with Special Educational Needs. We cater for children between the ages of three and eleven years with profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, complex medical needs and autism.


Description
  • Archdale School provides school places for children with an EHC Plan from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 6.
  • We cater for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties including ASD.
  • Children follow a creative and sensory curriculum.
  • The school is supported by a range of professionals, which includes a Healthcare Team,¬†Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers for the¬†Visual and Hearing Impaired, and a dentist.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Matthew Cam
Contact Position
Headteacher
Telephone
0114 272 6165
E-mail
enquiries@norfolkpark.sheffield.sch.uk
Website
School website

Where to go

Name
Archdale School
Address
Archdale road
Sheffield
Postcode
S2 1PL

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Open Monday to Friday during school term times
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Session Information
8.50 to 3.15

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Yes
Wheelchair access details
fully wheelchair accessible
Cater for special dietary requirements
Yes
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Nut allergy
Diabetic
Rastafarian
Gluten free
Kosher
Lacto-vegetarian
Vegan
Halal
Vegetarian
Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Special needs and disabilities experience
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Yes
Culture/ethnicities accommodated
All

Other Details

Age Range
3 years to 11 years
Facilities
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Garden
  • Quiet Area
  • Secure setting
  • Visual aids

Local Offer

Description
  • Archdale School provides school places for children with an EHC Plan from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 6.
  • We cater for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties including ASD.
  • Children follow a creative and sensory curriculum.
  • The school is supported by a range of professionals, which includes a full time nurse, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers for the Visual and Hearing Impaired, and a dentist.
Contact Name
Matthew Cam
Contact Telephone
0114 272 6165
Contact Email
enquiries@norfolkpark.sheffield.sch.uk
Links
School Inspection Report
School Website
SEN Information Report
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

If you are a specialist setting what other admissions criteria do you use? 
  • Archdale School provides school places for children with a statement of SEN from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 6.
  • We cater for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties including ASD.
  • Children follow a creative and sensory curriculum.
  • The school is supported by a range of professionals, which includes a full time nurse, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers for the Visual and Hearing Impaired, and a dentist.
Please state the number of pupils on your roll and your average class size 

2016/17 = 91

Average class size = 9

How does the setting identify learners with SEN? 
  • All children currently have an EHCP plan
Is your setting physically accessible to all learners? 
  • The building is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • All classes display a visual timetable and objects of reference are used where appropriate to aid children’s understanding of the school day and routines. Classes use symbols, photgraphs and Makaton to support children’s communication and access to the curriculum.
  • School has support from physiotherapists, they provide individual physiotherapy programmes for class staff to implement.
  • Wheelchair services offer clinics at school and OT provide assessments for specialist postural seating and other equipment for use with individual children.
  • The school has hoisting facilities for children with PD.
  • Every child has access to the hydrotherapy pool once a week and access to a multisensory room and a soft play room. Some children have access to the rebound therapy room
  • Health care needs are met by the Health care support team. This includes the administrations of daily medication as required. School staff are additionally trained in the administration of rescue medication.
  • Speech and Language Therapists are in school two days a week, they offer feeding and communication advice to class staff to implement and assess children for communication aids.
  • School has two Tobii Eyegaze systems.
  • Every class has an Interactive whiteboard and a wide range of programmes that can be accessed by touch screen or switches.
  • The dentist comes to school twice a week to see children who struggle to cope with going to the family dentist.
  • The educational psychologist will come to school to assess individual children as required.
  • The school has disabled changing and toilet facilities
  • The school site is secured by perimeter fencing. The playground is secure. In addition to the main playground each class has access to their own outdoor areas which are also secure.
  • School has quiet areas for children to be taken if they are distressed and staff are trained in diffusion techniques and behaviour management.
How does your setting adapt the curriculum for learners with SEND? 
  • Archdale School follows EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and the National Curriculum adapted to the needs and abilities of our children with a high emphasis on communication and self-help skills.
  • Ever lesson is differentiated and staff use symbols, photographs, objects of reference and Makaton to aid access to the curriculum.
  • All children have IEP targets which focus on the areas highlighted in their statement of SEN or EHCP plan and teachers set children individual challenging but achievable targets.
  • In addition to classroom activities the school takes part in educational visits to local areas of interest and use local cafes, shops and public transport.
  • The School Council consists of a group of pupils nominated by each class who represent the school population in decision making (for example: lunchtime activities, Y6 prom).
  •  “Circle of Friends” is a group who meet once a fortnight and work on social communication and friendship through a range of craft activities and games.
  • We arrange and attend events with local primary schools and the other Sheffield Special Schools.
What training have your staff received to support learners with SEND? 
  • As part of continued professional development staff are trained in Team Teach (behaviour management), Makaton, PECS, Moving and Handling and ASD.
  • We are supported by teachers of the VI and HI.
  • All staff are required to complete safeguarding training.
  • All new staff follow an induction programme which raises awareness of children’s needs.
  • All staff have access to relevant documents related to individual children and support measures currently in place.
  • We use HLTA’s(High Level Teaching Assistants) and a level 3 Teaching Assistants to cover staff absence wherever possible to maintain consistency for the children.
  •  Where supply staff are required they are briefed by remaining class staff about children’s needs.
  • We work closely with other agencies as mentioned above. Physiotherapy, OT, SaLT, HI, VI, Educational Psychologists make regular visits to school.
  • There is a nurse on site full time to administer daily medication.
  • The majority of class staff are first aid trained and we have paediatric first aiders.
  • Staff receive regular training in feeding (including gastro-tube feeding) and epilepsy.
  •  All staff are able to provide personal care for children. 

 

How do you communicate with and involve families? 
  • School communicates to parents via a home-school book and a school App 
  • Regular focussed coffee mornings are held in school
  • In addition to this letters are sent to inform parents of events in school, email and parent text message service is used.
  • There are two parents evenings each year for parents to discuss progress with class staff and each child has an annual review meeting to assess progress towards the child’s statement objectives.
  • Parents also receive an end of year report outlining their child’s progress in school .
  • Progress is reviewed and targets are set at annual review meetings and parents’ evenings.
  • IEP’s are updated each term.
  • We offer workshops in communication strategies for parents.
  • We buy into translator services for parents whose first language is not English and translate letters and documents such as reports and letters into their first language.

 

How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? 
  • Children’s IEPs are reviewed three times a year, targets are set using progression guidance, analysed and compared to national trends. School undertakes moderation with other Sheffield schools and we are part of the Yorkshire and Humber moderation cohort.
What support do you provide for the learners' overall wellbeing? 
  • Archdale School provides secure and welcoming environment where children feel valued and safe. We engage children in activities to enhance their emotional literacy and work on individual programmes to enhance each child’s effective communication.
  • Children are assisted to participate in all school activities to the best of their ability regardless of their disability.
  • Children are encouraged and supported to engage appropriately with their peers and participate in activities that involve turn taking, sharing and playing with their friends.
  • When children first start at Norfolk Park they have an induction period to help them with the transition. This is child led to reduce anxiety for the child and parents are involved in the process. All children have a key worker to help the child settle into school and build relationships between home and school.
What kind of behavioural interventions do you use? 
  • Staff are trained in diffusion and distraction techniques and support children in learning to manage their own behaviour.
  • We do not exclude children but work with the child and families to help them with inappropriate or challenging behaviours.
  • Staff are trained in the use of restraint techniques that are only used in exceptional circumstances where the child themselves, other children or staff are at risk of injury.
How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? 
  • All children at Archdale School are included in education visits
  • Parents and carers are invited to join the class on visits.

 

How do you consult with and involve learners in their education? 
  • Pupils are able to contribute their views using a range on communication techniques. Children are supported to use objects, symbols, communication aids or Makaton where they are unable to verbally communicate their views.
Do you have an online prospectus? Are there open days for families and learners? 
  • Parents can request a visit to school by phone or email.

Last Updated
07/10/2021
Keywords
schools, Special Education Needs, SENCO, EHCP, Norfolk Park
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