Pegasus School

Special needs catered for

We provide education and care for children and young people with a range and complexity of need including:

  • Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Severe learning difficulties

Specialist facilities

Pegasus is situated in several acres of countryside. We have vast outdoor areas which include a Farm and Forest School. In our grounds we have trampolines, swings, a sandpit, cycle track, trim trail and outdoor gym equipment. Internally we have a soft play, light room and sensory integration room.

At Pegasus School, these specialist areas are really important and we encourage our young people to use our functional sensory and communication friendly rooms, equipped with the essential sensory integration equipment to help them improve their sense of balance, increase body awareness, co-ordination, gross and fine motor development.

Within the school environment, a variety of individual and group work is facilitated by the Teachers and Teaching Assistants who have all received direct training from the therapists in order to optimise the young person�s engagement to various functional therapeutic activities.

The education spaces are low stimuli and designed to meet the social, educational and sensory needs of our young people. All the classrooms including the common room were all carefully designed and functionally adapted to ensure that they are all sensory and communication friendly. This in turn empowers the young people, elevates their sense of confidence, improves social skills and helps build a stronger self-esteem.

To aid in the development of independence and to sharpen cognitive functions, we have three designated learning kitchens, a common room, gym, creative arts room and an onsite caf�. To enable optimum independence of the young people, they will have access to a variety of kitchen appliances, adapted cutleries and cooking tools that provide opportunities to practice their skills and gain a positive sense of achievement.

Support services provided

The role of Occupational Therapy within Pegasus School provides direct therapeutic interventions, or consultations with members of inter-disciplinary teams with primary focus upon maximising young people�s functional skills, occupational performance potential (Leisure/play, education and activities of daily living) and independence.

Whilst therapeutic intervention may also assist in minimising behavioural difficulties and increasing individual communication as part of an inter-disciplinary approach. As the young person�s needs are often complex, the process of treatment will incorporate prioritised short- and long-term goals, with complete regard of the young person�s statement needs.

Each young person is assessed prior to treatment, through informal observation, standardised assessment where appropriate and discussion with other members of the team. Parents and family members equally have an important role to play in establishing the needs of the young person.

Many treatment approaches may be utilised for the benefit of each individual young person�s needs, including:

- Occupational Performance: Therapy focuses upon occupational performance concentrating upon how individuals function in their work/education, leisure/play, and domestic and personal care. The occupational perspective is that a �healthy person� is one who is able to perform his/her daily occupations to satisfying level.

- Sensorimotor: Treatment assisting the output of sensory information into an organised and controlled movement.

- Cognitive-behavioural: Desired behaviours promoted through positive reinforcement, taking into consideration emotional and cognitive impact upon behaviour, where appropriate attempting to assist the young person in gaining insight into behaviour.

- Creative-Expressive: Assisting the young person to develop creative skills and express uncommunicated thoughts and feeling through creativity.

Occupational Therapy focuses on the practical aspects of life, helping young people find more effective ways to tackle everyday challenges. Through Occupational Therapy they will find renewed confidence and autonomy in their day-to-day activities.

General environment

Pegasus School is situated in a small village called Caldwell, on the borders of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. The school occupies a beautiful Georgian building with acres of land and incorporates a school farm.

At Pegasus School we structure the education pathway around outdoor learning. We believe this is essential as it gives young people first hand experiences of the world around them and develops a wide range of life skills. We pride ourselves on developing the next steps in independence whatever that may be.

Aims and philosophy

Our aim is to enable young people to:

- Communicate effectively and make choices about things that affect them.

- Develop motivation, confidence and resilience to take on new challenges and develop their full potential.

- Self-regulate their senses, emotions and behaviour in order to share activities and learning spaces and have opportunities to build social relationships.

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Pegasus School
Caldwell Hall,
Main Street, Caldwell,
DE12 6RS


01332 378 840



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Mitchell Hubbard

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