Policies

Our policy is to admit only children who are of average overall intelligence but who are currently underachieving in respect of their cognitive potential because of a significant or complex Specific Learning Difficulty. We offer intensive remedial help to enable pupils to achieve learning levels appropriate to their age so that they may return to mainstream education. The school offers remedial support based on its assessment of the needs of each pupil and - where applicable - the provision described in his/her Statement of SEN or EHC Plan. However, the school cannot commit to the provision of specific amounts of remedial support. The school offers a 'whole school' approach, which aims to balance the requirements of the curriculum with the remedial provision required by each child. The school facilitates access to the National Curriculum at an age appropriate level differentiating the curriculum as required.

We aim to offer a caring and structured learning environment in which each pupil’s self-esteem is nurtured and where mutual respect and courtesy are fostered.

The majority of pupils at Calder House do not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan, but for any child who does, or for whom English is an additional language, Calder House will satisfy itself that it has, or will acquire, the resources to meet his/her educational and welfare needs. In the event that there is a particular need that cannot be met, this will be made clear by the school to the local authority and parents when the offer of a place is made.

As a whole school specialist provision for pupils with specific learning difficulties, Calder House adheres to the SEND Code of Practice (July 2014) in so far as it is applicable to us - in particular with reference to our duty to have regard to the responsibility of Local Authorities to review on an annual basis the educational provision for pupils with a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan.

Calder House is committed to safeguarding the well-being of pupils and our policies on child protection, safer recruitment, out of school activities, behaviour, anti-bullying physical intervention and exclusion together with our complaints procedures may be downloaded using the links below. They are also freely available from the school office.

Information for Parents
Admission Policy
Complaints Policy and Procedure*
Exclusion Policy
Fund-raising Policy

A Safe Learning Environment
Anti-Bullying Policy
Anti-Bullying Policy (Pupils' Version)
Positive Behaviour Policy
Child Protection Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Physical Intervention Policy
Intimate Care Policy
Guidance on Out of School Activities (incl. risk assessment and mini-bus policy)
Safe Use of the Internet
Medical Conditions Policy (including summary of common symptoms and triggers and useful template documents)

Equal Opportunities
Disability Policy
Policy on Safer Recruitment

*There have never been any complaints against the school under this procedure.