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Department Lead: David Pells

The Coppice department comprises of four classes for children with a range of severe to complex needs including Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Social, Physical and Sensory related difficulties. We follow the Chiltern Wood Combined Curriculum which combines a ‘learning through play’ approach with functional learning. Language and enquiry is developed through the delivery of a motivating curriculum that is personalised to each and every child, and fosters a ‘have a go’ attitude.   

Positive relationships are of paramount importance, and we work with determination and commitment to build, maintain and develop a relationship with each and every individual pupil we work with. It is through these strong relationships and shared understanding that we learn about what motivates each pupil. This supports us to adapt our teaching to support the learning of each individual pupil. 

Consistency and routine bring familiarity, and with it a sense of security that allow children to explore independently with confidence. In addition, it enables the children to understand their day and what is expected of them. It builds in opportunities for social interaction, effective communication and the ability to transfer skills.  Independence and life skills are a key focus within our department, and we work closely with families and outside professionals to create individual learning programmes incorporating therapy, educational and life skills targets.  A heavy emphasis is placed on emotional understanding and regulation within the department to support children to be ready to learn. 

Speech & language, physio and occupational therapy activities are interwoven into each day.  Depending on their individual needs, children may also access the following nurturing programmes:

  • Forest School
  • Music therapy
  • Swimming