Head of Centre: Mr D Francis
Designation: School for secondary age pupils with behaviour, emotional and social development (BESD) needs. Students attending the Newhouse Centre are on the roll of Clarendon School who also manage the centre.
Age range: 11 to 16
These aims are achieved by:
The Newhouse Centre serves all secondary schools in the borough. Although the Centre itself is well-equipped and is able to provide personalised teaching, if appropriate some pupils may attend classes in mainstream school. This enables them to gain access to the full national curriculum and benefit from interaction with a broader range of peers. The Centre has a Head, a senior teacher who deputises in the Head’s absence, five teachers and five teaching assistants and a learning mentor. The centre works closely with Clarendon School and the Head of Centre is line managed by Claredon’s Headteacher.
Over the first few weeks in the Centre, pupils are observed and assessed in a variety of formal and informal ways. An individual education plan (IEP) is then drawn up incorporating learning and behaviour targets as appropriate for each child. These targets are shared with all staff, parents and pupil.
As a Team Teach centre a Positive Handling Plan (PHP) is also written which establishes triggers for difficult behaviours and the most helpful responses to de-escalation.
Both of these documents are regularly reviewed (at least once a term).
Pupils attending the Newhouse Centre will have experienced disadvantage in some way through their inability to access the curriculum fully in past education. The Newhouse Centre offers pupils a broad balance curriculum through the teaching of literacy, numeracy, science, the humanities and spiritual, moral, cultural, personal and health education, However, it is not always possible or appropriate to offer a wide range of GCSE course. The Centre will identify the most appropriate range of exams options available for the Key Stage 4 pupils.
The Secondary BESD Service includes an educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, a specialist nurse and a substance misuse worker. Staff also work closely with the Specialist Personal Advisor (Careers), Social Care teams, the Youth Offending Service and other preventative and protective services.
Pupils with statements have a transition plan from Year 9 onwards. Students are offered college link course from Year 10 onwards. All pupils have the services of a Specialist Personal Advisor (Careers) and are encouraged to continue with their education beyond statutory school leaving. Some pupils transfer to further education colleges, while others enter employment or training.
Telephone: 020 8941 2623
Fax: 020 8783 0086
Updated: 10 March 2015