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Specialist Resource Provison

Mozart Class KS1

Mozart Class caters for children with moderate learning difficulties and other associated needs from across the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. This specialist resource provision takes up to eight children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP), between the ages of four and seven referred to us by the Special Educational Needs Panel of the local education authority.

We have our own classroom on the ground floor with a group room, toilet facilities, outdoor play area and sensory room/quiet room. Mozart class provides the children with a period of intensive teaching targeted at their individual needs. All the children have an EHCP with  speech and language and occuaptional therapy targets as appropriate. Teaching is individual and in small groups, and the children are encouraged to learn to work independently where possible.

Staff

Mozart class has a full-time teacher in charge, 2 teaching assistants and its own lunchtime supervisors. We also have a speech and language therapist and occupational therapist provided by the health authority, who work with the SRP staff on programs tailored to the needs of individual children. The staff also liaise with other support services such as the Educational Psychology Service. The school nurse also visits the SRP and liaises closely with staff as required.

Newton Class KS2

Newton class also caters for children with moderate learning difficulties from across the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. This class opened in September 2019 and can take up to five children this year with an EHCP between the ages of seven and eleven. This class is expected to grow in the followings years. This class also has it's own classroom on the first floor which includes it's own small quiet room.

Staff

Newton Class has a full time teacher in charge who is also the SRP Lead across both Mozart and Newton Class. It also has one teaching assistant who also supports at lunch times. This class also has access to support from a speech and language, occupational therapist and the educational psychologist.

Curriculum

The children follow a broad topic-based curriculum which meets the requirements of the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum at an appropriate level. We work intensively to develop basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and we use a balance of group and individual work designed to encourage language development and social skills. We have a daily snack time, weekly cooking and music sessions, and enrich the curriculum with a wide range of trips, visits and regular shared experiences to base our learning on.

Integration

The children are very much a part of the Darell School Community. They join the mainstream children for playtimes and lunch times, assemblies, performances and other school events as appropriate. Each child has a level of integration that is appropriate to their needs. . Groups of mainstream children may also join the children in Mozart class and Newton class for some sessions as part of our integration program.

Involving parents

Here at Darell, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. Members of staff are available to talk to parents at any reasonable time before or after the school day and appointments are always available during the week for longer meetings if required. All children have a home/school diary so that information can be passed daily between home and school. Parents and friends are invited to class assemblies and performances. As well as annual reviews, termly meetings are held to discuss the children's progress towards meeting their educational targets. Parents are welcome to visit the classroom and look at the children’s work at any time. We are always pleased to have parents helping out in the classroom and all parents are encouraged to become involved in social activities in school.

Transport

Richmond Education Authority provides transport for some children, depending on where they live, together with an escort to supervise the children between school and home. The escort brings the children directly to the classroom and collects them at the end of the day.

Transfer

Each child's learning is closely monitored. Formal meetings with parents are held regularly so that all concerned can discuss progress and decisions can be taken on the appropriate next steps for the child. When a child is ready to move on to another educational setting his/her transfer is carefully planned. Some of the children transfer into mainstream education, some go on to other special settings. The transfer is managed according to each child's needs.

For visits or any enquiries, please contact Amanda Blunden (SENCO) on 020 8876 6721 or info@darell.richmond.sch.uk