Head of Centre: Charlotte Millward
Specialist provision for pupils with complex needs aged 3-7 years.
School leaders and governors proudly opened Waverley’s newest provision on the same site as Honilands primary school in September 2020.
This site offers discrete provision for children aged 3-7 who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and associated physical, medical and communication needs.
There are three classes: Caterpillar class, Dragonfly class and Bumblebee class.
What do we offer?
* Children who are 3-4 years old (nursery pupils) are offered a part-time place of two and a half days per week.
* Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a full-time place
* Children are supported by staff who are committed to supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
* High levels of staffing ensure children are safe.
* Staff expertise enables children to develop the prerequisite skills they require to begin their educational journey.
Therapy provision The preschool at Honilands is supported by Waverley Speech and Language therapists, Physiotherapists, and Occupational therapists. The school nurse supports both Waverley@Honilands and Waverley@Bell Lane.
We offer an established early years curriculum which is adapted to meet the particular needs of the pupils who attend the school. This curriculum is play-based and highly motivating for the pupils, so they develop their ability to engage in a wide range of learning activities. Ofsted rated Waverley School as Outstanding in our most recent inspection (March 2019).
“The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Teachers and other staff share a wide range of specialist knowledge in teaching children with complex needs. They make highly effective use of a range of strategies to engage children in their learning.”
“Children make an excellent start to school life. From very low starting points, they make outstanding progress in all areas of their development. Teachers accurately assess children when they join the school and use this information to plan appropriately challenging activities
Successful specialist strategies
Sensory Integration is the ability to accurately process and interpret sensory information about our body and the environment so that we can play and learn. Sensory Integration aims to support arousal, attention, and the ability to plan and carry out movement and learn new skills. We consider our pupils’ sensory processing in terms of their vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile systems.
Physical Programmes are designed by specialists and support pupils to develop their physical, motor, and functional skills. Specialist Equipment ensures that pupils can access their environment and learning opportunities. It may include the use of work chairs, standing frames, electric wheelchairs, hoists, parallel bars, and walking frames.
Total Communication is a combination of specialist communication approaches to facilitate and develop expressive and receptive language. We include access to early AAC skills including Makaton, PECs, PODD and other index-based communication systems, as appropriate for each individual pupil.
Intensive Interaction is a a child-led approach that develops the fundamental skills for early communication. The principles of Intensive Interaction inform all of our interactions in the preschool.
Attention Building activities are used to develop attention, communication, and social interaction skills. It aims to inspire spontaneous communication by offering an irresistible invitation to learn. What is Attention Autism?
ICT and Assistive Technology are used to enable pupils to have control over their environment, to increase sensory awareness, to develop communication and make choices, to engage in social interactions, and to play and have fun.
Multi-Sensory Teaching activities provide opportunities for pupils to process information through more than one sense. It supports them to make connections and learn more about their world. Lessons incorporate sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell, proprioception, and vestibular experiences.
Head of Centre: Charlotte MIllward
We believe fun, laughter, and enjoyment are key to developing relationships that are essential in building trust. At all our sites we offer children a nurturing environment where they can express themselves whilst developing new skills and knowledge.