Speech and Language Therapist
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Broomhill Bank is a coeducational Foundation Special School, situated on two separate sites in West and North Kent. Broomhill Bank (West) is located within the village of Rusthall on the outskirts of the historic town of Tunbridge Wells, whilst Broomhill Bank (North) is situated within the attractive village of Hextable, near Swanley on the Outer London Fringe.
Children and Young People aged 11-19 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Need and who are unable to have their needs met in a mainstream school or specialist unit may be eligible for a place and we cater for a wide range of academic ability including the most academically able. Children and Young People meeting the admissions criteria will have significant communication and interaction (C&I) difficulties such as a diagnosis of autism, aspergers, pervasive developmental disorder, and/or severe specific receptive or expressive language impairment/disorder.
Following an Ofsted inspection in December 2013, Broomhill Bank was judged to be a ‘Good’ special school.
Broomhill Bank is currently designated for 136 places and during Term 1 of the 2015-2016 academic year will be undergoing a redesignation to 210 to reflect the additional places available at the Broomhill Bank (North) site.
Students are organised into classes of between 8-10 students, according to level of need, each with their own form tutor. Lessons are led by subject specialist teachers, and a combination of whole class, group and 1-1 teaching is the norm, usually supported by at least one teaching assistant. There is a consistent focus of facilitating students to learn as independently as possible.
Successful induction to Broomhill Bank is key for all our students, and many of them struggle with the change transition brings. Therefore, when new students are admitted to Year 7 or ‘in-year’ to other class groups, there is significant emphasis upon successful transition and induction, to enable them to become confident and secure adapting to the new routines which a new school brings, and in Year 7 students spend more time based with their Form Tutor/Teaching Assistant than is the case for other classes. For some students, across all year groups, the induction/transition process is especially challenging and in these cases the school Pastoral Team will work with parents to develop a personalised transition plan, over an extended period if necessary.
Across Key Stages 4 and 5 a variety of accredited qualifications are offered, tailored to academic ability and emotional preparedness. These include GCSE, Entry Level and Functional Skills. For some of our students the opportunity to study AS courses either at school or college may also be appropriate. There is an established Sixth Form Department at Broomhill Bank (West), with expansion onto the Broomhill Bank (North) site planned for September 2016. Within Sixth Form the focus on preparing students for life intensifies and they have the opportunity to choose from a variety of learning pathways and to experience different academic, vocational and enterprise opportunities. In addition to academic achievement there is a keen focus on developing the life and work-related skills vital to future independence and self-sufficiency.
Across both sites learning experiences are enriched for all through the range of offsite visits and opportunities that are available to support the curriculum, including some residential experiences; there is also a range of extended day activities on offer to students including during lunch breaks (West site only) and after school.
Speech and language and occupational therapy interventions are a pivotal part of our provision, and are integrated within all learning opportunities. All staff receive intense ongoing training in techniques including TEACCH, Language for Learning, Makaton, Kar2ouche, Colourful Semantics, Communicate in Print, managing sensory processing difficulties etc, according to student need.
Broomhill Bank also holds the Service Level Agreement for the Tunbridge Wells District outreach resource. Via this resource the school supports a large number of children in local mainstream schools and early years’ settings, and provides training for mainstream staff.
All admissions to Broomhill Bank are made formally through Kent Education Department, which is the placing authority. However, parents of children who meet the Broomhill Bank admissions criteria and who may be considering Broomhill Bank as a possible placement for their child are welcome to contact the school office to arrange an informal visit.