Frederick Holmes School
PHONE 01482 804766
WELCOME TO FREDERICK HOLMES SCHOOL
HEADTEACHER Mrs Barbara Ribey
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS Mr Mike Smith
SCHOOL CLASSIFICATION Community Special Co-educational Day School
NUMBER ON ROLL 77
AGE RANGE 2-19 years
Frederick Holmes School is an all age special school for children and young people with severe physical disabilities. Many of our pupils also experience learning and/or communication difficulties and some have profound and complex medical needs. The pupils require a high degree of adult support to access the school curriculum and for everyday activities such as eating and dressing and personal care routines.
Our vision is for Frederick Holmes School to be a nurturing, inspiring, innovative and person centred place of learning where pupils are happy and safe and achievement is celebrated. We aspire to use cutting edge technology to provide the highest standards of teaching and learning and work in partnership with parents, carers and other stakeholders to fulfil the highest personal expectation of each pupil, recognising and developing their strengths and talents in basic skills and becoming a centre of excellence for pupils with severe physical disabilities and complex needs.
FREDERICK HOLMES CORE VALUES:
At Frederick Holmes School it is our aim to raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the child as a reflective learner and are the basis for social, emotional, spiritual and moral development. All stakeholders are informed of the core values, (Respect, Equality, Peace, Independence, Kindness, Courage, Tolerance, Appreciation, Responsibility and Celebration), which permeate the whole curriculum and are addressed directly through lessons and assemblies.
The school is organised into 3 learning areas Primary (including Early Years), Secondary and the College Centre. The Frederick Holmes curriculum draws from the Early Years Development Matters document, the National Curriculum and the Frederick Holmes College Curriculum which is based on nationally recognised qualifications and accreditation schemes. The curriculum is personalised to meet the individual needs of each learner and presented in a way which inspires and engages all learners to reach their potential. Classes are grouped according to age and ability and are small and well supported by Teaching Assistants and other professionals.
The teaching environment is lively and stimulating. Our new premises which opened in September 2013 has several specialist rooms including a rebound therapy facility, hydrotherapy pool, independent living room, vocational areas for our older students and a wide range of new technologies including sensory facilities, projection rooms, a media suite, and Eye Gaze technology.
Physical Education is encouraged and through this confidence, self-esteem and independence skills are developed. All children take part in ability based PE groups and swim weekly in the hydrotherapy pool. Pupils also take part in a wide variety of enrichment activities in and out of school including community visits, a musical partnership with Hymers College and creative partnerships such as the Schools Shakespeare Project and the Colours of Music production with other special schools. The school has a partnership with The Lyceum School in Lahore, Pakistan.
Frederick Holmes works with a multidisciplinary team, including Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. There is a full time Nurse on site who is supported by a team of Health Care Support Workers. Other services including the Regional Wheelchair Service, Educational Psychologists and Social Services visit the school as and when required. The school hosts regular medical and orthotic clinics to allow pupils to attend appointments with consultants with the minimum of inconvenience and has its own Moving and Handling Trainer and ICT Access Officer.
Close family links are maintained by education staff, and other professionals based within the school, through a variety of means including the home/school books, communication switches and the Marvellous Me App. In addition the school employs a Family Support Co-ordinator to support families and to encourage parental engagement. The school holds the Rights Respecting School Award and is proud of the emphasis it places on listening to the views of all stakeholders. Pupil voice is represented through the School Council and parents are encouraged to share their views through the Parent forum and the PTFA.