Specialist Education

Facilities & Environment for Somerset School

All of our students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Upon entry our students are assessed to consider the most appropriate academic pathway. Our special needs coordinator is responsible for ensuring that students with EHCP’s receive their curriculum entitlement. Students requiring additional support over and above the core provision will have targeted learning plans, including access to an intervention programme to address specific areas for development. We will provide information on students with EHCP’s to the responsible Local Authority, as required for the purpose of the annual review of the EHCP.


Emotional Wellbeing Team


The Emotional Wellbeing Team works closely with the educational team and in collaboration with the commissioned Speech, Language and Communication Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist to enable a holistic approach to supporting students at Somerset School. The Emotional Wellbeing Team has a pivotal role in providing support and therapy to all students, primarily based on a trauma informed approach. Each student is individual and will require different levels of support and therapy input which is determined through careful assessment and the support from advice provided by parents and supporting professionals/ documentation.


 The Emotional Wellbeing Team play an important role in developing activities to engage students, both in and outside of the classroom, to enrich the positive learning experience and their ability to engage and embrace willingly and enthusiastically with assessment and achievement.


Achievement and Progress


Our focus is to support all students to make gains in their learning. Progress and achievements are recorded for each student and reports are regularly sent to parents and carers. The school acknowledges achievements at all levels, whether in lessons, particular activities or the actions of students, and we celebrate these achievements on a regular basis, through postcards sent home, communication with parent/carers and award ceremonies. We provide written reports to carers and parents providing information on progress and attainment and opportunities for parents or carers to attend annual reviews to discuss pupil progress.

Our Facilities Include

• Outdoor spaces for PE (Physical Education) and recreation

• An indoor Sports Hall

• Bouldering Wall

• Emotional Wellbeing Area, including sensory rooms

• School gardens and sensory garden

• Kitchen facilities to provide food for all students and a specialist area to study Food and Nutrition

• Off-site facilities for the teaching of Outdoor Adventure Activities and Bushcraft

• ICT facilities, including 3D Printer and VR

• Range of learning spaces for reflection or therapeutic work

• Excellent links with alternative providers to study vocational areas such as Motor Mechanics, Land Based Studies, Animal Care, Equine Studies

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