Our School Values

Hedgewood School is a specialist School for autism and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We aim to provide opportunities and support so that our pupils develop a good work ethic, inner confidence together with interpersonal and social skills. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behavior, both in and out of school, so that they become successful members of the wider community.

As a staff team we provide the opportunities to build a successful and happy life.

We believe that the quality of education for all children can be defined through developing a culture of inclusion and acceptance, in which all members of the school community are valued equally, treated with respect and provided with equal opportunities. This is achieved by further developing our inclusive school culture, ensuring all our policies are inclusive that all school practice reflects our inclusive values.  Pupils, parents and carers, and staff work with specialist support agencies and services to remove all barriers that restrict full access to education, for all members of our school community.

Please see our SEND Policy statement for more information.

 

As a school, we are committed to:

  • providing an excellent educational environment together with high standards of teaching and learning
  • helping our pupils to stay safe and feel safe
  • treating our pupils with respect and dignity
  • listening to what our pupils have to say
  • providing our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their needs and abilities (this includes extended learning opportunities in clubs)
  • telling our pupils what they are good at to build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience
  • allowing and supporting our pupils to make choices and decisions for themselves
  • encouraging our pupils to be as independent as possible
  • informing parents and carers of their child’s progress through excellent communication systems (communication about pupils’ Individual Learning Plans, within the Annual Review process and through parent consultations)
  • keeping parents and carers informed about what their child has achieved during the school day through the home/school link book and/or through phone calls and emails

At Hedgewood School we enable all our pupils to:

  • create and develop relationships
  • develop essential functional skills which result in an improved quality of life for our children
  • effectively communicate and develop behaviours that are conducive to learning.
  • develop a range of interests
  • contribute positively to the community

 

Our Approach

Hedgewood School is for pupils with complex learning difficulties and autism. Most Pupils have autism and additional language and communication difficulties & disorders. Some pupils are pre verbal or nonverbal. Pupils are taught in small groups and many require individual teaching.  Our school is an educational environment employing a multiplicity of communication modes. These enhance the communication skills and learning opportunities for all of our pupils, helping them to access all aspects of both academic and social experience. Each classroom employs TEACCH principles, structures and learning approaches. These establish clear learning routines and systems of work.

Our school is a multi-disciplinary environment offering a holistic approach to pupils’ education and therapists are an integral part of this process. The strength of this is demonstrated in the high quality relationships between staff, pupils, parents, therapists and other support agencies, but particularly in the appropriateness of the curriculum for each individual pupil.

Our pupils enjoy their learning experiences and make good progress. This is because our curriculum goes far beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. Our aim in curriculum design is for learning experiences to be richly imaginative, creative and exciting. Educational tasks are planned to be inspiring, challenging and fun. As a specialist school for autism, communication and interaction the development of communication skills is at the core of all that we do. Teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists plan and work collaboratively bringing their disciplines together in new and innovative ways. This has a powerful impact on the development of communication skills, emotional regulation, pupil voice, and the development of personal autonomy.

For more information about TEACCH principles, structures and our other learning approaches, please click here. (Link to Learning approaches and Interventions)

 

Our School Values

We recognise that each individual is unique and has their own specific needs, abilities and interests. Every pupil requires a thoughtfully tailored range of approaches to learn successfully. We ensure careful planning is in place to meet each pupil’s needs so that teaching secures rapid progress and the best outcomes for each individual.

  • Our school is a collaborative learning community. We harness the skills, resources and creativity of everyone. Our school is a place where everyone feels they belong and are able to make a contribution.
  • Many of our pupils have experienced difficulties and traumas in their lives. As a staff team we provide the nurture and opportunities so that our pupils’ future is successful and happy.
  • We encourage pupils to reflect on their actions, and give them the social and emotional support needed to make changes.
  • We work in partnership with parents and carers, professional colleagues and pupils so that every pupil can achieve the best that they can. Together we are all better.
  • Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. We ensure all teaching is carefully planned and well organised so that lessons are engaging and enjoyable. This produces happy and confident learners.
  • Our pupils are provided with opportunities and support so that they develop a good work ethic, inner confidence together with interpersonal and social skills. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behavior, both in and out of school, so that they become successful members of the wider community. Developing our pupils’ social understanding supports this.
  • The diversity of views, experiences, ideas and skills among pupils, staff, parents and carers is a strength to be celebrated. In all that we do, we promote respect for self and others.
  • We will always challenge views and actions that indicate a lack of respect.
  • Our school community is highly vigilant about keeping our pupils safe. In addition, we develop our pupils’ understanding and awareness of how to keep themselves safe.

These values are our interpretation of British Values and will form a core part of our teaching:

 

*not specified as a British value by the DfE but added by Hedgewood as it is considered to be particularly important in our context.
As pupils move through school, and when it is appropriate, pupils move to using the wording used within modern British values.
These values form the themes of assemblies for all age groups and are also a key focus in our teaching to develop social understanding.

Hedgewood School is a specialist School for autism and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We aim to provide opportunities and support so that our pupils develop a good work ethic, inner confidence together with interpersonal and social skills. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behavior, both in and out of school, so that they become successful members of the wider community.

As a staff team we provide the opportunities to build a successful and happy life.

We believe that the quality of education for all children can be defined through developing a culture of inclusion and acceptance, in which all members of the school community are valued equally, treated with respect and provided with equal opportunities. This is achieved by further developing our inclusive school culture, ensuring all our policies are inclusive that all school practice reflects our inclusive values.  Pupils, parents and carers, and staff work with specialist support agencies and services to remove all barriers that restrict full access to education, for all members of our school community.

Please see our SEND Policy statement for more information.

As a school, we are committed to:

  • providing an excellent educational environment together with high standards of teaching and learning
  • helping our pupils to stay safe and feel safe
  • treating our pupils with respect and dignity
  • listening to what our pupils have to say
  • providing our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their needs and abilities (this includes extended learning opportunities in clubs)
  • telling our pupils what they are good at to build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience
  • allowing and supporting our pupils to make choices and decisions for themselves
  • encouraging our pupils to be as independent as possible
  • informing parents and carers of their child’s progress through excellent communication systems (communication about pupils’ Individual Learning Plans, within the Annual Review process and through parent consultations)
  • keeping parents and carers informed about what their child has achieved during the school day through the home/school link book and/or through phone calls and emails

At Hedgewood School we enable all our pupils to:

  • create and develop relationships
  • develop essential functional skills which result in an improved quality of life for our children
  • effectively communicate and develop behaviours that are conducive to learning.
  • develop a range of interests
  • contribute positively to the community

These values are our interpretation of British Values and will form a core part of our teaching:

*not specified as a British value by the DfE but added by Hedgewood as it is considered to be particularly important in our context.
As pupils move through school, and when it is appropriate, pupils move to using the wording used within modern British values.

These values form the themes of assemblies for all age groups and are also a key focus in our teaching to develop social understanding.

 

British ValuesHedgewood Version
DemocracyEveryone has a voice – you are valued
Rule of LawFollow the rules
Tolerance of cultures and religionsTry to understand others
Mutual respectShow respect for all
LibertyFreedom to access opportunities
Understanding Autism, anxiety etc *Accepting difference
Safety*Feeling and Keeping safe

Our Approach

Hedgewood School is for pupils with complex learning difficulties and autism. Most Pupils have autism and additional language and communication difficulties & disorders. Some pupils are pre verbal or nonverbal. Pupils are taught in small groups and many require individual teaching.  Our school is an educational environment employing a multiplicity of communication modes. These enhance the communication skills and learning opportunities for all of our pupils, helping them to access all aspects of both academic and social experience. Each classroom employs TEACCH principles, structures and learning approaches. These establish clear learning routines and systems of work.

Our school is a multi-disciplinary environment offering a holistic approach to pupils’ education and therapists are an integral part of this process. The strength of this is demonstrated in the high quality relationships between staff, pupils, parents, therapists and other support agencies, but particularly in the appropriateness of the curriculum for each individual pupil.

Our pupils enjoy their learning experiences and make good progress. This is because our curriculum goes far beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. Our aim in curriculum design is for learning experiences to be richly imaginative, creative and exciting. Educational tasks are planned to be inspiring, challenging and fun. As a specialist school for autism, communication and interaction the development of communication skills is at the core of all that we do. Teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists plan and work collaboratively bringing their disciplines together in new and innovative ways. This has a powerful impact on the development of communication skills, emotional regulation, pupil voice, and the development of personal autonomy.

For more information about TEACCH principles, structures and our other learning approaches, please click here. (Link to Learning approaches and Interventions)

Our School Values

We recognise that each individual is unique and has their own specific needs, abilities and interests. Every pupil requires a thoughtfully tailored range of approaches to learn successfully. We ensure careful planning is in place to meet each pupil’s needs so that teaching secures rapid progress and the best outcomes for each individual.

 

  • Our school is a collaborative learning community. We harness the skills, resources and creativity of everyone. Our school is a place where everyone feels they belong and are able to make a contribution.
  • Many of our pupils have experienced difficulties and traumas in their lives. As a staff team we provide the nurture and opportunities so that our pupils’ future is successful and happy.
  • We encourage pupils to reflect on their actions, and give them the social and emotional support needed to make changes.
  • We work in partnership with parents and carers, professional colleagues and pupils so that every pupil can achieve the best that they can. Together we are all better.
  • Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. We ensure all teaching is carefully planned and well organised so that lessons are engaging and enjoyable. This produces happy and confident learners.
  • Our pupils are provided with opportunities and support so that they develop a good work ethic, inner confidence together with interpersonal and social skills. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behavior, both in and out of school, so that they become successful members of the wider community. Developing our pupils’ social understanding supports this.
  • The diversity of views, experiences, ideas and skills among pupils, staff, parents and carers is a strength to be celebrated. In all that we do, we promote respect for self and others.
  • We will always challenge views and actions that indicate a lack of respect.
  • Our school community is highly vigilant about keeping our pupils safe. In addition, we develop our pupils’ understanding and awareness of how to keep themselves safe.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Hedgewood School please do not hesitate in contacting us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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