Category Archives: Head’s Blog

My final blog!

At the end of term, several members of staff are leaving to take up new posts - we say goodbye and thank you to them. We also say goodbye to our leavers, who are moving on to exciting new opportunities next year. Good luck to you all! As you know, I am retiring at the…
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Developing Life Skills

Summer is here at last, and students have been out and about, enjoying the outdoors while learning. It has been a short half term, but we have packed lots into it. As I write, a group of students are taking part in a three day residential visit to Kielder Water. We have planned more residential…
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Excited about Learning

There has been a great sense of energy in school this half term, with plenty of activities to banish the dark cold days. Some of our students started the half term with a visit to the STAR Centre in Keighley to launch their Space topic. This week they reflected on what they have learned when…
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A great term!

Another busy term comes to an end! We have been very pleased to see how many of our students have joined in with activities in the local community. At the beginning of September we launched a drive to include even more life skills in our curriculum to make it really meaningful. Learning how to cross…
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Christmas Fair

We held our Christmas Fair on Saturday, so now it is definitely starting to feel festive in school. The Christmas tree was decorated, Santa and Mrs Claus were in residence and, as usual, there was a real buzz in the hall. I love the fact that so many families come along - the Fair is…
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A busy half term

We have had a busy half term, with our first scheduled residential visit taking place in September when a group of students went to Whitby for the cycling trip. Other visits nearer to home included trips to Saltaire and Salts Mill which several groups were studying as part of their topic about the local community.…
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Welcome back

It’s always great to get back and see everyone again after the summer holiday, particularly the students. They have all returned this week looking, as ever, very happy and excited to be back at school. For our new students everything is very different but we know that once they have settled in it will be as though…
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Another year comes to an end

Another year comes to an end – it seems to have gone by very quickly. We have achieved a great deal this year and had some wonderful experiences; however, a summary of the year wouldn’t be complete without reflecting upon how shocked and saddened we all were in the Spring when Sarah, one of our…
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Summer Fair

Firstly, well done to Vlad who was awarded the Leonard Dyer Young Citizen Award 2016 by the Rotary Club. He achieved this award by helping others in a range of different ways - he is a member of the A team, a Waiter, a Learning Star and an ipad advisor. We are very proud of…
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Having a Voice

It’s very important to us that our students have a voice. In a very literal way this can be seen through speaking and listening activities that take place during each school day. Some students are learning to speak more clearly or to use complex sentence structures, while other students use pictures, gestures or computer technology…
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