Booker Park is a large primary special school of 220 pupils for children with a broad diversity of complex needs including Profound and Multiple, Severe and Moderate Learning Difficulties. Almost half of the pupils have an additional diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition.
We are fortunate to have wonderful facilities, including two large halls, a computer room, a hydrotherapy pool, a soft play room, a library, a family room, an observational mirror room, dark room and sensory theatre. We have lots of wonderful outdoor spaces, including our new MUGA and new outdoor learning space. The school has a number of minibuses including those with a tail lift to ensure our children can access the community for learning. We also have a number of meeting and training rooms which provide a comfortable environment for parents to meet as well as being an excellent location for courses and workshops.
We strongly believe in the benefits of multi-professional working, and have on site speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists, and a school nurse.
Our Vision and Values
Inspire – Enable – Achieve
Through a multi-professional approach, we will create a high quality, inclusive, happy and safe school environment where pupils with a range of learning difficulties are:
- Inspired to engage in learning
- Enabled to realise their greatest level of independence and emotional resilience
- Supported to recognise and celebrate their achievements now and in the future
We aim for our pupils to give their best in everything that they do. We recognise all their small steps of progress and their achievements. Whatever the child’s starting point, we have high expectations of them. All children can make progress with their academic skills, their physical skills, their communication skills, and their personal development.
Staff have high expectations of themselves and fulfil their role to a standard of excellence.
We aim for our pupils to learn in a school environment that is safe and secure, and to develop trusting relationships with others. Over time, we want our pupils to develop a sense of responsibility. We aim for children to develop an awareness of who they can trust in the wider community.
Staff always act in a trustworthy manner. They are honest and reliable at all times.
We aim for our pupils to show courage in the challenges that they will face in life. It takes courage to have the confidence to have a go, to be willing to make mistakes, and to bounce back after a mistake.
Staff model being courageous and support children’s resilience.
We aim for our pupils to always persevere, even when something may be difficult, to keep going and not give up, and to develop a positive “can do” attitude.
Staff are unfailingly determined to support pupils in achieving their very best.
We aim for our pupils to show kindness to others. We value being polite, friendly and welcoming to others.
Staff always act in a manner that demonstrates kindness towards children and towards each other. Staff are positive role models for children.
We aim for our pupils to develop communication and social interaction skills in order to develop positive friendships with others, and to take pleasure in shared experiences.
Staff demonstrate friendship by being caring, supportive, having fun, and sharing ideas.
We aim for our pupils to learn and develop in a school environment that promotes tolerance and respect for individual differences, abilities, needs and beliefs.We aim for our pupils to develop into individuals who respect themselves and respect others by treating them with consideration and care, and recognising that not everybody is the same.
Staff are positive role models at all times and demonstrate their respect for others through their behaviour.
We aim for our pupils to experience a school environment in which fairness is promoted. Equity is achieved by understanding that individuals need different levels and types of support to achieve their goals.
Staff are committed to ensuring that each individual has their needs well met.
The purpose of our curriculum is to inspire and enable children, in order that they can achieve and play an active role in their own lives, being able to self-advocate and to engage in the world around them.
The school uses the following Reading and Phonics schemes:-
- Ginn 360
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Letters and Sounds
- Read Write Inc