A blended approach to mainstream education and SEND provision

Welcome:

Connect is a specialist base attached to our main school, Heathfield Knoll. We accept pupils from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Pupils benefit from a bespoke curriculum within a calm, low-arousal environment while having access to the facilities and specialist staff in the main school, where appropriate.

Each application is considered on a case by case basis to ensure that we can meet the needs of the child/young person and the rest of the cohort.​We do not accept applications where behaviour is the primary need. Children in Connect have access to a dedicated Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist who attend Connect monthly and work closely with Connect staff to plan and monitor interventions. We also have an in-house Autism Specialist and Dyslexia Specialist who run interventions as required.

"Emotional well-being and positive mental health comes before everything else. A child needs to feel happy and safe in their environment so that they can thrive and reach their potential."

Emma White

Head of Learning Support (SENCo)

“A calm, sensory environment where your child can reach their potential in a home from home environment.”

Classes

We have 3 classrooms in Connect, each with a maximum of 6 children. Each class with have a high staff ratio of one Teacher and one Teaching Assistant to ensure that the needs of each child are met.

Uniform

The uniform worn in Connect will reflect that of the main school to ensure that the child does not feel different when they access mainstream lessons and activities. However, we are conscious of the need for a flexible approach as for some children wearing a uniform can be challenging. Please discuss your individual concerns with Mrs White, Head of Connect.

Transition/comfort items

Where a child needs to bring certain items to school to add their anxiety or need, this will of course be accommodated where practicable. In this respect, school rules governing toys in school and colours of school bags etc will be relaxed in Connect. Please note, however, that mobile phones are not permitted throughout the school and this is also be the case in Connect.

Why Connect?

We want every pupil who leaves Connect to have developed life skills and emotional resilience as well as their academic potential. We believe in a holistic approach, caring as much for the child’s well-being as their learning. Pupils are supported in Connect while having the opportunity of accessing a small, nurturing mainstream school, located in the beautiful countryside of Wolverley.

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After-School activities

Children in Connect will have access to After-School Activities as appropriate and providing additional staffing is covered by the EHCP.

Admissions

Route 1 (Parent contact)

  • Parent makes contact with school
  • Discussion with member of Connect staff
  • Tour, information exchange
  • Parents contact Local Authority
  • LA consults school
  • School reviews all of the information given and makes the decision as to whether the needs of the child can be met.
  • Place offered (or refused – though this is likely to have happened earlier if all information provided by parent)
  • LA takes costings and details to panel and accepts/rejects.

Route 2 (Local authority contact)

  • LA consults school
  • School reviews all of the information given and makes the decision as to whether the needs of the child can be met. This may involve contact with parents/child.
  • Place offered (or refused – though this is likely to have happened earlier if all information provided by parent)
  • LA takes costings and details to panel and accepts/rejects.

Education, Health and Care Plans

All children who attend Connect are likely to have EHCPs. However, full parental funding is also possible.

Fees

Fees are discussed with the Local Authority during the Admission Process. The fees for Connect are different that in the main school due to the following:

  • Specialist teaching
  • Interventions/therapy
  • Specialist equipment
  • Staff/pupil ratios

Get in touch

Contact us

Wolverley, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire DY10 3QE
tel: 01562 850204
email: info@hkschool.org.uk

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