Our School Values

Hedgewood is a specialist school for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We provide opportunities and support so that each pupil develops a good work ethic, inner confidence and the necessary interpersonal and social skills for adult life. We enable each pupil to make positive choices about their behaviour, both in and out of school, so they become successful members of the wider community.

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

Hedgewood is a specialist school for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We provide opportunities and support so that each pupil develops a good work ethic, inner confidence and the necessary interpersonal and social skills for adult life. We enable each pupil to make positive choices about their behaviour, both in and out of school, so 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 high quality education for every child is achieved in a culture of inclusion and acceptance, in which every individual is valued equally, treated with respect, and provided with every opportunity to succeed. Our inclusive school culture, and its underpinning values, is reflected in all our practice and policy. Pupils, parents and carers, and staff work with specialist support agencies and services to remove each barrier that restricts full access to learning.

Please see our SEND Policy statement for more information.

 

At Hedgewood, we are committed to:

· providing an excellent educational environment together with high standards of teaching and learning

· helping each pupil to stay safe and feel safe

· treating each pupil with respect and dignity

· listening to what each pupil has to say

· providing each pupil with a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their needs and abilities (this includes extended learning opportunities in clubs)

· telling each pupil what they are good at to build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience

· allowing and supporting each pupil to make choices and decisions for themselves

· encouraging each pupil to be as independent as possible

· informing parents and carers of their child’s progress through excellent communication systems (communication about Individual Learning Plans; the Annual Review process; and through parent consultation)

· keeping parents and carers informed about what their children have achieved during the school day through the home/school link book and/or through phone calls and emails.

 

At Hedgewood School, we enable all each pupil to become an independent learner so they can:

·       create and develop relationships

·       develop essential functional skills which result in an improved quality of life

·       effectively communicate and develop behaviours that are conducive to learning.

·       develop a range of interests

·       contribute positively to the community

 

The values below are Hedgewood’s version of the fundamental British values. They form a core part of our teaching and provide the themes for our assemblies for all age groups. They are also a key focus of our teaching to develop pupils’ 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

*not specified as a British value but added by Hedgewood as 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 for the fundamental British values.

 

Our Approach

Hedgewood School is for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex learning needs. Most pupils have autism spectrum disorder and additional language and communication difficulties. Some pupils are pre-verbal or non-verbal.

Pupils are taught in small groups, with many requiring individual teaching. Our school is an educational environment employing a multiplicity of communication modes. These enhance pupils’ communication skills, helping them to access all aspects of the academic and social learning opportunities.

Our school is a multi-disciplinary environment offering a holistic approach to pupils’ education; therapy 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 especially in the appropriateness of the curriculum tailored for each pupil.

Our pupils enjoy their learning experiences and make good progress. This is because our curriculum, structured in three pathways, goes far beyond the requirements of the national curriculum.  We plan learning experiences that are richly imaginative, creative and exciting. Educational tasks inspire, challenge and engage. As a specialist school for autism spectrum disorder, and communication and interaction needs, the development of pupils’ communication skills are at the core of all that we do. Teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists work collaboratively in new and innovative ways. This has a powerful impact on the development of pupils’ communication skills, emotional regulation and the development of their 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, with their own specific needs, abilities and interests. Each pupil requires a carefully tailored range of approaches in order to learn successfully. We ensure bespoke planning is in place to meet each pupil’s needs so that teaching secures deep learning, building skills and knowledge, with each individual achieving the best outcomes.

· Our school is a collaborative learning community. We harness the skills, resources and creativity of everyone. It 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, support and learning so that our pupils’ future is successful and happy.

· We encourage pupils to reflect on their actions, giving them the social and emotional support needed to make changes.

· We work in partnership with parents and carers, professional colleagues and pupils so that each pupil can achieve their best. 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 to ensure lessons are engaging and enjoyable, resulting in happy and confident learners.

· Our pupils are supported to develop a good work ethic, inner confidence, and the interpersonal and social skills needed for adult life. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behaviour, 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 and understanding of self and others (we 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.

Hedgewood is a specialist school for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We provide opportunities and support so that each pupil develops a good work ethic, inner confidence and the necessary interpersonal and social skills for adult life. We enable each pupil to make positive choices about their behaviour, both in and out of school, so they become successful members of the wider community.

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

Hedgewood is a specialist school for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex moderate learning difficulties. Our school ethos is ‘be nice, work hard, be happy’. We provide opportunities and support so that each pupil develops a good work ethic, inner confidence and the necessary interpersonal and social skills for adult life. We enable each pupil to make positive choices about their behaviour, both in and out of school, so 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 high quality education for every child is achieved in a culture of inclusion and acceptance, in which every individual is valued equally, treated with respect, and provided with every opportunity to succeed. Our inclusive school culture, and its underpinning values, is reflected in all our practice and policy. Pupils, parents and carers, and staff work with specialist support agencies and services to remove each barrier that restricts full access to learning.

Please see our SEND Policy statement for more information.

 

At Hedgewood, we are committed to:

· providing an excellent educational environment together with high standards of teaching and learning

· helping each pupil to stay safe and feel safe

· treating each pupil with respect and dignity

· listening to what each pupil has to say

· providing each pupil with a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their needs and abilities (this includes extended learning opportunities in clubs)

· telling each pupil what they are good at to build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience

· allowing and supporting each pupil to make choices and decisions for themselves

· encouraging each pupil to be as independent as possible

· informing parents and carers of their child’s progress through excellent communication systems (communication about Individual Learning Plans; the Annual Review process; and through parent consultation)

· keeping parents and carers informed about what their children have achieved during the school day through the home/school link book and/or through phone calls and emails.

 

At Hedgewood School, we enable all each pupil to become an independent learner so they can:

·       create and develop relationships

·       develop essential functional skills which result in an improved quality of life

·       effectively communicate and develop behaviours that are conducive to learning.

·       develop a range of interests

·       contribute positively to the community

 

The values below are Hedgewood’s version of the fundamental British values. They form a core part of our teaching and provide the themes for our assemblies for all age groups. They are also a key focus of our teaching to develop pupils’ 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

*not specified as a British value but added by Hedgewood as 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 for the fundamental British values.

 

Our Approach

Hedgewood School is for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and complex learning needs. Most pupils have autism spectrum disorder and additional language and communication difficulties. Some pupils are pre-verbal or non-verbal.

Pupils are taught in small groups, with many requiring individual teaching. Our school is an educational environment employing a multiplicity of communication modes. These enhance pupils’ communication skills, helping them to access all aspects of the academic and social learning opportunities.

Our school is a multi-disciplinary environment offering a holistic approach to pupils’ education; therapy 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 especially in the appropriateness of the curriculum tailored for each pupil.

Our pupils enjoy their learning experiences and make good progress. This is because our curriculum, structured in three pathways, goes far beyond the requirements of the national curriculum.  We plan learning experiences that are richly imaginative, creative and exciting. Educational tasks inspire, challenge and engage. As a specialist school for autism spectrum disorder, and communication and interaction needs, the development of pupils’ communication skills are at the core of all that we do. Teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists work collaboratively in new and innovative ways. This has a powerful impact on the development of pupils’ communication skills, emotional regulation and the development of their 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, with their own specific needs, abilities and interests. Each pupil requires a carefully tailored range of approaches in order to learn successfully. We ensure bespoke planning is in place to meet each pupil’s needs so that teaching secures deep learning, building skills and knowledge, with each individual achieving the best outcomes.

· Our school is a collaborative learning community. We harness the skills, resources and creativity of everyone. It 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, support and learning so that our pupils’ future is successful and happy.

· We encourage pupils to reflect on their actions, giving them the social and emotional support needed to make changes.

· We work in partnership with parents and carers, professional colleagues and pupils so that each pupil can achieve their best. 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 to ensure lessons are engaging and enjoyable, resulting in happy and confident learners.

· Our pupils are supported to develop a good work ethic, inner confidence, and the interpersonal and social skills needed for adult life. We enable our pupils to make positive choices about their behaviour, 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 and understanding of self and others (we 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

Thank you for visiting our website. If you cannot find everything you need on our website, require specific information or would just like to speak to us please do not hesitate in contacting the school office.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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