Middlehurst Special School
Middlehurst School is a day special school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. Most of our pupils join us because they find it difficult to learn in a mainstream school. They find it easier to learn in small classes and with a modified curriculum. All our pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which has been drawn up after a detailed assessment process, usually done at their last school.
How many pupils are in the school?
We currently have around 100 pupils in school ranging from 4 to 16
What subjects do we teach?
We offer all the subjects of the National Curriculum, just as in a mainstream primary or high school, in a way that suits the needs of our pupils.
How many children are in a class?
Our classes are small, usually around 12 pupils, often with a learning supporter. This means that pupils can have work that is planned specially for them with support to help them make good progress.
What are the staffing arrangements?
Primary age pupils have most of their lessons with their class teacher so that they can build up confidence and security. There are learning support assistants in all primary age classes.
Older pupils are taught by subject teachers -just as in a mainstream high school. Many classes also benefit from qualified Learning Support Assistants and Learning Mentors. There are ten teachers in the school.
What qualifications can pupils achieve at Middlehurst?
For those pupils who stay with us until they are 16 we provide a balanced curriculum with effective careers support to prepare them for life beyond school.
In years 10 and 11 pupils usually take Certificate of Educational Achievement in Maths, English, Science and Life Skills. Some take GCSE Mathematics and all undertake the Edexcel Vocational Qualification in collaboration with a local College. They also take part in the Youth Award Scheme.
Pupils will also leave with a Record of Achievement that shows qualifications and awards they have gained and gives details of college courses and work experience placements.
Inclusion and Outreach
Wherever possible we will work to re-integrate pupils to mainstream education when we are confident that the pupils are feeling more sure of themselves and their learning needs will be met by a mainstream placement. We sometime address individual needs by allowing pupils to attend mainstream placements on part time basis. We are developing ways to support mainstream staff in a wide variety of areas.