@Caldicot_Sch

10:15 AM - 27 Nov 2021

Retweetd From Caldicot School Engineering

Caldicot School has put a smile on 180 children's faces for Christmas Day. Nice! https://t.co/mol8M4ZDvK

11:03 AM - 22 Nov 2021

Reminder to all families that this Friday 26th November is an INSET Day and the school will be closed to students.

14:49 PM - 19 Nov 2021

We have raised £742 so far for today. Thank you very much for the donations! https://t.co/4Aik81Tec1

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1460660700494376960

17:27 PM - 16 Nov 2021

We will be supporting on Friday 19th November with a non-uniform day - £1 donation welcomed https://t.co/ruoOYAsY5M

17:00 PM - 15 Nov 2021

We are looking for an additional teacher of mathematics to join our team from September 2022. Click on the link for more details https://t.co/pLrOJ5kJc6

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1459596077426905088

18:56 PM - 13 Nov 2021

Retweetd From Caldicot School Music

Set this date in your calendars 😀 Saturday 18th December 6pm 🎶 Virtual Christmas Concert in aid of Caldicot Food Bank. Here is our first special message from https://t.co/EFyNxGEKvX

11:12 AM - 12 Nov 2021

Please follow the below link to a letter from our Chair of Governors, indicating the joint decision to end the formal partnership between our school and The Bishop of Llandaff CiW High School at the end of the academic year. https://t.co/Ew6VZL7wkf

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1458742018860105737

10:22 AM - 11 Nov 2021

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them..." https://t.co/N4OI62123J

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1455095483513376768

08:52 AM - 1 Nov 2021

Retweetd From The Bishop of Llandaff/Caldicot School Partnership

A helpful reminder for what to do if someone in your household has COVID symptoms or tested positive https://t.co/alcsIhdQK6

19:34 PM - 31 Oct 2021

A reminder that our next Head of School's Open Door session is on Monday 1st November 2021 from 4.30-6.30pm

The Nurcombe Centre

The Nurcombe Centre is our specialist provision at Caldicot School, which supports students aged 11-19 with a variety of complex needs. These include severe learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other significant barriers to learning. It also includes our alternative provision, for those very few students who struggle with  a mainstream curriculum and would benefit from a less traditional model.

Our provision provides support to 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 Nurcombe Centre has a designated area of the school site, with its own entrance. 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 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 Centre (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)