Potterspury Lodge School
Special needs catered for
Higher achieving Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Aspergerís Syndrome; Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and associated learning difficulties.
A safe, structured and caring environment; purpose-built classrooms and small teaching groups, large sports hall, tennis court, basket ball court, skate park, playing field, adventure playground and fishing lake.
Well-equipped Science Lab, Home Economics room, Pottery, ICT room and Music room. Modern living accommodation in small units and opportunities for a wide range of outdoor pursuits, class-based and evening activities, at home and abroad. From September 2008 our provision includes students 16-18 years, offering individual programmes of learning, including extended functional skills in English, Maths and ICT; personal learning and thinking skills, additional or specialist learning, project work and regular extended work experience.
Support services provided
We employ the services of an Educational psychologist, Child Psychiatrist and Speech and Language Therapist. We can also negotiate the provision of other services, such as counselling or occupational therapy where approved.
Home school links
Parents and families are always welcome and practical encouragement is given to visit for Open Days, Parents Evenings, Festivals and annual reviews.
A 17th century listed building set in 22 acres of unspoiled grounds with lake and large fruit and vegetable gardens. New buildings have been added and old buildings modernised to a high standard. The school is situated half a mile off the A5 between Towcester and Stony Stratford.
Aims and philosophy
Potterspury Lodge School exists to provide pupils with Special Educational Needs with a wide range of opportunities to experience success. These are designed to help them progress towards being better integrated into society and then go on to meet the demands of independent adult life. We continue to be influenced by the principles of Rudolf Steiner; celebration of seasonal festivals are very much part of the schoolís structure, as is the importance given to creativity. The curriculum provision includes the National Curriculum, children are taught in groups of about eight, or fewer for practical subjects and a range of examination courses are available in most subjects. All students study English, Maths, Science, Information Technology, Art, Citizenship, Geography, History, Health Education, Food Technology, P.E., Religion, Social Skills and Music. A vocational and life-skills programme including independent living experience is also in place for students in years 10 and 11 and extended work-based training can be negotiated where appropriate. Careers guidance and education is given from year 9, including work experience in years 10 and 11 and we have links with local colleges and mainstream schools. We have a qualified careers co-ordinator who works closely with Personal Advisers from our local Connexions Service.
Staff qualification and selection
Staff are carefully selected in line with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and once appointed take part in an ongoing programme of in-service training. Staff are fully qualified and appropriately experienced and new staff who do not hold professional qualifications are required to work towards gaining them and are supported to enable them to achieve this.