The school site is announced!

Daventry Hill School, the proposed new co-educational all-through school for pupils with special educational needs in Daventry, is delighted to announce that the school will be built on land adjacent to the Daventry Technical College on Ashby Road.

This brand new school with specialist facilities will be built on three acres of land and is scheduled to be ready for when the school opens in September 2016.

We looked at several sites but the location and size of this site was ideal in terms of meeting the needs of learners for our school. This specialist school will be built close to the town centre reducing the distance children will need to travel to other special schools in Northampton and across the boundary into Warwickshire, forming part of Daventry’s District Council’s learning quarter plan”, commented Peter Burrell from Education Excellence for All Trust (EE4A), an approved Department for Education multi-academy Trust and Academy sponsor.

Daventry Hill School will be created for pupils with mild to profound learning difficulties, including those with physical disabilities. Our children and young people will leave our care fully ready for the next stage of their adult life, with no limits to what they might achieve”, added Peter Burrell.

The proposed school will open in September 2016 initially with pupils in Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. The school will then grow each year until full in 2019 with a total of 175 children.

Places at the new school will be principally commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council for children with statements for educational needs, specifically with Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Peter Burrell continued: “At Daventry Hill School teaching and learning for pupils with ASD will be in line with those of the National Autistic Society. Rather than adopting one ASD specific teaching method the school will have an eclectic approach that will combine the best elements of all approaches proven to be effective through research and experience. They will be all delivered under the NAS’s SPELL framework of principles for good practice in Autism.

For pupils with a PMLD, SLD or sensory impairment we will adopt an individual education plan approach that reflects the needs of the each pupil, makes use of the wide range of effective teaching and learning methods, resources and therapy support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

We will receive significant funding for a brand new specialist school, and make full use of specialist ICT hardware and software to ensure curriculum access for all our pupils. This will help them to engage fully in their learning. Our enrichment programme will include a wide range of age-appropriate activities which will help pupils to continue to develop key skills and acquire important knowledge and understanding. In particular, and especially for our oldest pupils, these will focus on the development of their independent living skills.”

If you would like your child to be part of this new specialist school you can apply for a Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12 place for September 2016 by contacting the Education, Health and Care Plans Team at EHCP@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 126 1000.

The school’s admissions policy and can be found on the Admissions Policy page of school’s website.

Daventry Hill School will be also be organising events next month to offer parents and carers the opportunity to meet the Trust and Executive Head and also see the plans for this new school.

Shez Webb, Executive Head said “We are working very closely with the Education Funding Agency and Daventry District Council since reaching Heads of Terms for the site. The Trust and I look forward to speaking with parents and updating everyone about the progress of the school and sharing the plans for the site. These forthcoming events will also provide an opportunity to share our vision, model and ambitious curriculum for providing an outstanding education for their children.”

Details about the events as well as further information about Daventry Hill School will be announced on the school’s website or parents/carers can request further information by sending an email to info@daventryspecialacademy.co.uk.

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