"Good for outcomes, Good for teaching, learning and assessment, Good for personal development, behaviour and welfare, Good for 6th form, Good for leadership and management - Ofsted 2017"

Cedars Upper School

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We offer a range of provision including:

  • Year 9 Additional literacy and numeracy classes
  • A nurture group, ‘Connect’ for our most vulnerable students
  • A multi-sensory room, The Base for students on the autistic spectrum, staffed by a specialist with the TEACCH qualification
  • Y10 Functional Skills classes in English and Maths
  • Workshops in social and communication skills
  • We also provide a considerable amount of in class-teaching assistant support, the loan of personal word processors and exam access arrangements
  • We have installed the award winning programme, Read & Write Gold across the whole school network to support literacy skills.
  • A mentor approach to students in the 6th Form who require support.
  • Strong links with Weatherfield special school who offer the certificate in Small Animal Care in KS4

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Before school, an opportunity to speak to a TA about the day ahead and any changes to normal lessons
  • Lunch and break time clubs are open to students in the Department area and are aimed at those who prefer a semi structured social environment to the bustle of outside break time
  • Homework club at lunch - students can receive help to understand and complete homework using department computers, if required

Students requiring additional literacy support are identified through Lucid Exact, on entry to Year 9. Students will then be withdrawn from one or two modern foreign languages on a six week carousel to allow them to focus on literacy skills.

In Year 10 we offer Functional Skills courses in conjunction with the English and Maths Departments for students for whom GCSE English and Maths are too demanding. These classes concentrate on the use of English and Maths in practical situations and form part of the nationally accredited Foundation Learning framework

Teaching assistant support in class is available but those students with additional needs are given more targeted support in a way that is sensitive to their needs. Students with statements in particular make very good progress. An increasing number of students with SEN are continuing into the Sixth Form.

The Ofsted Report 2013 noted that students with SEND thrived at Cedars due to the very good support they received.