<p>The staff work hard to develop pupils in all aspects, not just their academic abilities. I consider myself very lucky to work with such a hardworking, committed group of people. We all have a positive approach towards encouraging achievement and good behaviour. Our pupils particularly enjoy sharing their Record of Achievement and our lovely Tree of Achievement in the hall. Visitors to the school constantly comment on the wonderful atmosphere throughout the school and we hope you can sense this in our website.</p><p>Forest Way is a co-educational day area special school for 180 pupils aged 3-19 years old. They have a wide range of needs from moderate learning disabilities to profound and multiple learning difficulties.<br /> <br />Pupils are grouped according to age in 15 mixed ability class groups. The staffing ratio is a minimum of 1 adult to 3 pupils. Each pupil has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and individual needs are met by grouping across the timetable.</p><p>We really value contact with parents and carers who we feel know their son or daughter better than anyone else, and who really are welcome into school at any time. We believe that only close contact between home and school allows us to work together to help with difficulties and share successes. Our home-school diaries, home visits and social events are an essential part of this process.<br /> <br />A popular initiative is the Student Council where pupils from across the school have the opportunity to influence school life. They are constantly making suggestions to improve the school They certainly keep me on my toes!</p><p>In January 2009 we moved into a brand new purpose built school which we believe is one of the best buildings in the country. This was supported in June 2009 when the school won the TES Best New Building Award. Staff / governors / parents / carers and pupils were closely involved at all stages of the design and the local community contributed unprecedented support to provide extra facilities and resources. These include state of the art sensory rooms, a swimming pool with light/sound above and below water. There are also specialist rooms for Science, Food Technology, Art, Drama/Music and a Life-Skills Apartment. It has an interactive forest heart and curved corridors with giant woodland pictures on them. The outdoor area includes a woodland, pond, ball court, bike track and exciting play equipment. We became a Forest School in 2011. You can find photographs of all of these and more on the website.</p><p>Our last two Ofsted inspections highly commended the work of the school and we received the highest grading, Outstanding, on both occasions. Our latest Ofsted Report is available from the home page. The school has expertise in Communication and Interaction and is also a National Support School providing advice to other schools. In March 2012 Forest Way School became an Academy. We were one of the first schools in the country to become a Teaching School and you can visit our Forest Way School Teaching School Alliance website from the home page.</p>
Forest Way Special School
Warren Hills Road
Phase: Special Education (inc. PRU)
No. of Pupils: 202
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