Eagle House Schools Sutton
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Eagle House SchoolS U T T O N
Contents Page Letter from the Head teacher . . . . . . 1
Our Vision and Philosophy . . . . . . . . 2
Our School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Our Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Curriculum Pathways . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Students Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Aims and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Extra Curricular Opportunities . . . . . 5
Working with Parents . . . . . . . . . . . 5
The Eagle House Approach . . . . . . . . 6
The Curriculum Access Team Approach . 7
Speech & Language Therapy . . . . . . . . 8
PODD Communication Books . . . . . . 9
Occupational Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Drama Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Admission Arrangements . . . . . . . . . 13
The School Year & the School Day . . 14
Post-16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
School Uniform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices 16
Lunchtimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Health & Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
English as an Additional Language . . . 18
Behaviour and Discipline . . . . . . . . . 18
Sex and Relationships Education . . . . 19
Complaints Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . 20
I have seen a positive change in my sons attitude towards school and to his self esteemA Parent
1Dear Parentor Carer,Welcome to Eagle House School(Sutton) which is a specialist dayschool for boys and girls of secondary age with autism, Aspergersyndrome and additional complexcommunication, social and emotional needs. Our Steps andBridge pathways aim to meetthe broad spectrum of needs withwhich our students present.
At Eagle House School, werecognise how complex theprocess of choosing a suitableschool for your child can be. As such, our staff will offer yousupport and guidance to helpyou through this difficult process.
The aim of this prospectus is tohelp you to understand what itis that we offer and to outline theskills, knowledge, understandingand support that we can providefor you and your child shouldyou choose to join our school.Your childs journey with us will bedetermined through their academiclearning, social interaction, communication and ability tomanage and adjust to change.
We achieve this through an approach that is practical, functionaland meaningful - the Eagle HouseApproach to teaching and learning.This is delivered by our onsitemultidisciplinary team of teachers,teaching support staff, therapistsand psychologists.
We believe in working closelyand collaboratively with ourfamilies and professionals inorder to help our students to develop independence skills andto engage in the world aroundthem so they may reach theirfull potential.
If you feel you would like to learnmore about us and to see theschool then contact our ParentLiaison Officer, on 0845 074 2972to arrange an appointment. Parents open days are heldmonthly throughout the year so please look at our web site for the latest dates.
My staff and I very much lookforward to meeting you.
Annabel FaulknerHead Teacher
2Our Vision,Philosophy and EthosEagle House Group is committed todelivering a high quality educationservice for young people withan autistic spectrum disorder,autism, Asperger Syndrome and associated complex needs.We value the contribution eachstudent brings to our communityand we strive to create a schoolday that is motivating, rewardingand purposeful.
We recognise that successfullearning is achieved throughpositive experiences and withina collaborative atmosphere inwhich everyone works happilyand purposefully together.
Our SchoolEagle House School (Sutton)was established in 2009 and islocated close to the centre ofSutton to the south west ofLondon. The school is ideallyplaced to take full advantage ofall that the local community has
to offer, enhancing the schoolcurriculum for our students.This includes local parks, the library, swimming pools andleisure centres, shops, museumsand galleries.
The school has two main buildingsand a number of specialist rooms in the grounds. There are alsoseveral interactive play areas andsports facilities. Specialist areasinclude sensory rooms, musicstudio, science laboratory, numerousquiet rooms, a medical room,meeting rooms and school halls,all set within an attractive 18thcentury house and grounds.
3Our StaffWe have a dynamic, trained,multicultural staff team - all ofwhom have a passion for workingwith children and young peoplewith autism.
Our staff are fully committed tothe schools vision, philosophyand ethos, and are fully involvedin our extensive professional development programme as partof the Eagle House Approach.
We are a multidisciplinary teamencompassing fully qualifiedteachers, learning support assistants,clinical psychologist, assistantpsychologists, occupational therapists, speech and languagetherapists, a drama therapist andadministrative staff who worktogether to support our students.
Curriculum Pathways Eagle House School believesthat all students are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevanteducation to help prepare themfor their future lives.
We use a holistic approach tosocial, communication and academic education and offer adifferentiated curriculum, whichmeets each students range ofneeds across both the Steps andBridge departments.
This is underpinned by ourautism specific curriculum anddelivered with empathy, structureand understanding.
All of our students follow theframework of the national curriculum, which is adjusted to meet their individual needs.
We recognise that our studentsneed to be equipped with thetools to learn and effectivelymanage their autism. This helpsthem to access the curriculumwhich is specifically designed to meet their needs and has emphasis on communication as well as their social skills.
We teach basic prerequisite skills,to learning, such as focusing on atask and tolerating sitting besideanother student.
4StudentsVoiceThe School Council allows students to voice their needs andgrievances whilst giving staff theopportunity to keep in touchwith what they find motivating. This also ensures a good workingrelationship.
Sessions are facilitated by theCurriculum Access (CA) Teamand aim to improve studentscommunication skills in the following areas:
Turn taking Accepting the opinions of others Improving self confidence Attention and listening Asking appropriate questions Speaking in a group setting Discussing ideas Independence Expressing opinions Developing insight
Aims and ObjectivesThe curriculum at Eagle HouseSchool aims to promote the intellectual, personal, social, spiritual and physical developmentof our students. They are allconsidered as individual learnersand lessons are differentiated tocater for their individual needs.Each student has a detailed Individual Education Plan (IEP)which contains targets for literacy,numeracy, communication, social interaction, flexible thinking,independence, sensory and gross/fine motor needs.
The IEP informs everything that wedo and the targets are reflected incurriculum planning objectives.Our learning environment is organised to ensure that studentsare educated in a calm, consistentand structured manner withinclearly understood expectationsand routines.
We take full advantage of themany facilities and opportunitiesavailable in the wider community. We create a relaxed atmospherein which students are encouraged
Eagle House School (Sutton) Curriculum
5to make choices and be as independent as possible. We aimto educate students with autism inan environment that fosters positiveoutcomes and reflects beinghealthy, staying safe, enjoyingand achieving, making a positivecontribution and achieving economic wellbeing.
Extra CurricularStudents participate in a rangeof mixed group activities in theform of clubs on Friday afternoons.Students are given opportunitiesto participate in national eventsand commemorations such asBlack History Month, Children inNeed, Remembrance Day, BookWeek etc. These provide valuableopportunities to work withmembers of the community.
Clubs are very popular with students and are increasing innumber and variety.They currentlyinclude a choice of activities suchas gardening, sport, African drums,keyboard, team building, craft,cookery, art, ICT, board games,music practice, drama as well asWarhammer and film making.
Workingwith Parents We value the important role playedby parents/carers.We encouragethem to play an active role intheir child's education and ensuremutually supportive links betweenhome and school.
You can expect us to: value your child as an individual provide a stimulating and motivating
curriculum provide a safe, happy and caring
environment for teaching and learning
ensure close communication throughopen and honest discussion
respect confidentiality and be non-judgemental
recognise the important role you play in your child's education
provide you with regular informationabout your child's progress
Eagle House School (Sutton) Teaching PhilosophyHow We Teach
We recognise that our students associate traditional classrooms with negative educational experiences so we teach our students outside of this traditional model on an individual or small group basis
We understand how important it is for our students to be happy at school and have fun in their lessons
We focus on each students strengths and interests and use these to re-engage them in thei