To get the most from their education, our students need to be secure and comfortable. Once they are, they can concentrate and enjoy what they are doing. Much of our work is to make sure that underlying issues – such as posture, seating, mobility, communication and confidence – are addressed.
We focus on removing barriers to learning, seen or unseen. This creates a ‘level playing field’ that gives our young people the best possible chance to enjoy themselves, have fun, become more confident and independent, as well as learning new skills.
Angie our full time School Nurse is a qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing). She is a Special School Community Nurse, and a member of the Children’s Community Nursing Team. She is based at school to ensure all the students’ medical needs are addressed through close liaison with parents/carers, school staff and all other professionals.
The school is supported by a team of physiotherapists responsible for putting in place physiotherapy programmes to address a student’s needs. They work closely with families and each class team, who deliver the physiotherapy programme as required. Wheelchair services and an Orthotist also offer support when required.
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapists at Fordwater support pupils throughout the school through individual programmes, communication groups, AAC and work in classes.
A team of Occupational Therapists runs a programme for all students in Year 14.
For those students who need additional support ‘Team around the Child’ meetings are held, bringing together all professionals to ensure the young person and their family receive all the necessary support.
Students can be supported by professionals such as Educational Psychologists and by advisory teachers for the visual and hearing impaired.
Our school kitchen provides food cooked from fresh daily, offering a nutritionally balanced menu. We make provision for special dietary needs e.g. some pupils need liquidised food and others have food allergies; we also encourage pupils to try new foods where appropriate. We have fun on Theme Days throughout the year and we try to celebrate events connected with curriculum subjects where possible. Our kitchen also provides freshly packed lunch bags for pupils who are going out for the day.