The school currently offers places for up to 20 students of secondary age, both boys and girls. The School was established in 2007, and has established itself as a quality resource, providing services to several Local Authorities that fall within the vicinity of the school in Mancetter, Warwickshire.
The needs and aspirations of each individual student are very important to us. We believe all young people placed in our care should be given the best possible help to reach their maximum potential.
Our aim therefore, is to provide the very best learning experiences for all our students so that they enjoy the education we provide for them, learn to achieve and are well prepared for economic independence and adulthood.
It is essential that we develop strong positive relationships between home and school to maintain a consistent and supportive approach to the students’ individual needs.
We take the view that Education can be offered in a variety of ways, and be offered on-site, off-site, at home or a combination to achieve the best outcomes.
We aim to foster a partnership between the staff at Wathen Grange, those who are responsible for care of the students, Social Services Health and Education departments’ and with those who are significant others in the students’ lives.
Wathen Grange School provides a broad and balanced curriculum. However, our major concern is always to match the curriculum to the students. We make sure that the resulting programmes of study are appropriate to the present and future needs of the individual student.
The school adopts a robust anti-bullying stance and promotes positive inter-personal relationships between peers and adults. Our behaviour management philosophy is to teach alternative behaviours whilst recognising and praising desired behaviours. A full and rigorous safe guarding system is in place monitored by senior managers.
Wathen Grange School works on the principle of small group classes to provide a highly supportive environment, addressing the needs of individual students. Emphasis is placed on communication, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, life skills and preparation for continuing education and adult life.
The Curriculum Policy
At Wathen Grange School, we see access to the curriculum as the right of all pupils despite any obstacles their special educational needs may present. We provide a curriculum which provides opportunities to improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills but which also engages them and provides them with ample opportunities to succeed and feel proud of themselves.
We believe the curriculum should be about ‘engaging’ as opposed to ‘entertaining’ students. Structure and routine is often missing from many of our students’ lives in general and so with a well thought out curriculum, we can provide a structured and safe environment for learning.
The curriculum at Wathen Grange is linked closely to the National Curriculum but is adapted for the specific needs and interests of our students to provide relevance, breadth and balance. The curriculum has three main strands: Core (English, Mathematics and Science); Enrichment/Experiential (including the foundation subjects); Vocational (Foundation for work, placements and projects)
The AQA Unit Award Scheme is used in many subject areas to allow students from both KS3 and KS4 to achieve accreditation for their work.
We have effective links to local businesses, Further Education provisions and Careers enabling the young person to experience a range of work options and to undertake preparatory work before the young person commits to their post college courses for training options.
Qualifications and Certificates
At Wathen Grange we will provide access to encourage our students to work towards a range of relevant external accreditations including:
English: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
Maths: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
Science: AQA Unit Award Scheme
Computing: Functional Skills
Citizenship: AQA Award Scheme
PE: AQA Award Scheme
PHSE: AQA Award Scheme
Food: AQA Award Scheme
Art: AQA Award Scheme
Humanities: AQA Award Scheme
what Students' Parent SAY
'I feel staff are very supportive with both myself and my child and very understanding if my child is having a bad day’.