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06:47 AM - 26 Jan 2023

We have exciting opportunities at the school for Teacher of Physics and Teacher of Chemistry. Please click on the link to find out more. Teaching and non-teaching jobs at Caldicot School, Caldicot, Monmouthshire | Eteach https://t.co/R6BvasimSu

18:05 PM - 16 Jan 2023

Retweetd From Caldicot School PE

Congratulations to Jack and Esme on their selection for the Wales Hockey team 🏑 https://t.co/EPoSRBUxGd

10:40 AM - 23 Dec 2022

Our newsletter for this term is now available to view. https://t.co/l4zuho7Gip

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1605970420800315399

16:56 PM - 22 Dec 2022

Congratulations to maths teacher Mrs Baker, who won an award for her innovative approach to teaching about finance! Mrs Baker was honoured at the interactive investor Personal Finance Teacher of the Year Awards 2022. Read more in today’s Llongyfarchiadau! https://t.co/igmWH781Ge

11:39 AM - 22 Dec 2022

A reminder that on Friday 23rd December we will be holding our Christmas Jumper Day to support . £1 donation welcomed. The term will end at 1.20pm and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

08:10 AM - 22 Dec 2022

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Big thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas concert/ raffle/ auction 🙏 We have raised just over £1200 for perfect way to end a long term!

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17:20 PM - 21 Dec 2022

Please support our safeguarding and wellbeing team on their sponsored walk for the today by donating via the QR code! https://t.co/LjpE5JQGfe

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13:10 PM - 19 Dec 2022

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Last chance to buy your concert tickets, raffle tickets and bid on our fabulous items! https://t.co/EuLP0t3fTL All proceeds going to Thank for our lovely message. https://t.co/MM5J5MMrBS

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12:16 PM - 16 Dec 2022

Retweetd From Caldicot School Music

Four days until our Christmas concert! Tickets are selling fast.... Don't forget your raffle tickets and our online auction. All funds raised will be donated to https://t.co/ZJpEqMUdpt

http://www.twitter.com/caldicot_sch/status/1602966047967088640

09:57 AM - 14 Dec 2022

Retweetd From Caldicot School Music

Our charity auction in aid of goes live this morning at 9am. Check out the fabulous celebrity items that have been donated. Place your bids here https://t.co/EuLP0t3fTL Pob lwc! https://t.co/g8SIZv4gGw

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)