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21:03 PM - 28 Jul 2021

In partnership with , we are looking for an IT Desktop Support Technician to join us as soon as possible. Please follow the link for more details https://t.co/qspgG6HC3N and the application packs via https://t.co/uqamdCYHaG

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07:11 AM - 20 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Caylen and Tamsin for having the most positive praise points in the school for 2021-2022, therefore receiving an i-pad each! https://t.co/E3S8WaJTMJ

11:27 AM - 19 Jul 2021

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12:25 PM - 15 Jul 2021

We have been informed of an asymptomatic case in Year 7. Those students affected will be required to self-isolate and have been contacted separately. We will update should the situation change. Thank you for your understanding

20:32 PM - 8 Jul 2021

INSET DAY: A reminder that Friday 9th July is a staff training day. As a result, school is closed to all students

19:13 PM - 4 Jul 2021

04/07/21 We have been informed of a positive asymptotic case within our Specialist Resource Base. As a result, we have contacted families of students who will need to self-isolate. Apologies for the inconvenience and we will provide more details tomorrow via email

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13:49 PM - 1 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Abbie, Thomas, Isabella, Niamh, Tiger, Mia, Rosalind and Llewelyn on becoming Heads of House for 2021-2022! https://t.co/4KUmUyPZYT

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13:45 PM - 1 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Emily and Rhys on becoming Heads of the Student Leadership Team, and to Mae and Eva on becoming Deputy Heads of the Student Leadership Team!#caldicotexcellence https://t.co/wl1WyGwm7S

20:43 PM - 23 Jun 2021

A reminder that all provisional general GCSE/AS/A level centre determined grades will be shared by email with students on Tuesday 29th June. All grades for non-WJEC vocational qualifications will be published on official results days in August, in line with national expectations

Specialist Resource Base

The specialist resource base (SRB) at Caldicot School serves students 11-19 with complex needs. These include severe learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other significant barriers to learning.

Our provision provides supported small group learning across the whole curriculum. These groups are arranged by 'stage of learning' rather than age, based on social communicative ability. This is in order to create and nurture the best possible environment for our students to thrive. High staff to student ratios ensure we are able to maintain a caring atmosphere.

The curriculum has been designed to incorporate high quality teaching from specialist teachers, as well as allowing students opportunities to participate in vocational activities and incorporate their own interests into their learning both in and outside the classroom. We seek to maintain a person centred ethos for all out students and provide meaningful opportunities for students develop the independent skills to prepare them for adulthood.

Curriculum Overview
The resource base provides a thematic approach to the delivery of the curriculum to students, which covers the four core purposes of the new curriculum in being developed in Wales. These form the starting point for all decisions on the content and educational experiences to support our students to be

  • ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives;
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work;
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world; and
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society            

At key stage 4, the majority of our students pursue Entry Level courses with bespoke arrangements made to ensure special interests and talents are catered for wherever possible. Despite having its own designated facilities, students with the resource base receive opportunities to access specialist areas throughout the school, wherever appropriate for them.

Students at key stage 4 receive guidance from a specialist ALN Careers Advisor from Careers Wales, who supports them in the transition to the workplace or continuing life-long learning. In addition, staff at the resource base liaise closely with the ALN support teams at Coleg Gwent at their Newport, Cwmbran and Crosskeys campus where many students continue their education. We offer places at post-16 for learners whose needs may be difficult to meet at college.

Facilities and Environment
The specialist resource base has a designated area of the school site. This includes its own entrance, which many of our students prefer to use. Our classrooms are designed with 'autism-friendly' principles, which include access to outdoor space and an abundance of natural light. Our bespoke 'apartment' supports the development of life skills to help prepare students for independents as adults.

The installation of a multi-purpose sensory room is designed to support students with a variety of specific needs and provides a calming space for those who require it.

Enrichment
To develop wider social skills, we offer a range of enriching activities. Our monthly youth club offers students the opportunities to interact with peers and engage with a broad range of activities. This includes the offer for Year 5 and Year 6 students who are likely to transfer to the school in the near future. 

Staff at the resource base work with a range of external agencies, including occupational therapists and local authority specialist teams to ensure that student needs are met, not just academically but socially and developmentally. Our school wellbeing dog, Poppy is also available on a daily basis to help students who may be experiencing heightened anxiety or emotional distress. Students are able to, by appointment and agreement with their family, spend time with Poppy (our trained school therapy dog) to help them relax by taking her for a walk with a member of staff or just spend time with her.

Admissions
Student admission to the specialist resource base differs from the process for mainstream students. Places are managed by Monmouthshire Local Authority, in accordance with the current Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales. All students must have a complex needs and a Statement of Special Educational Need.  

Once a place at our provision has been agreed and a Statement of Special Educational Need is finalised, staff will develop a bespoke transition programme dependent on individual need. This is likely to include a series of visits to help familiarise students, and their families, with the school site and arrangements.

For more information about our specialist resource base, please contact Mrs Rogers, Head of Inclusion by email.

 

“Teachers and learning support staff in the school’s special needs resource base know their students and their specific needs extremely well. They use this information skilfully to adapt their teaching to suit their needs” (Estyn)