Park School provides highly effective education, welfare and support for both boys and girls aged from 7 to 18 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).
Many of the pupils have other special needs including specific learning difficulties and mild or moderate learning difficulties. Often pupils also have other learning needs.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expect all staff to share this commitment.
The school is a purpose built school which opened on a new site in 2006 one mile from the famous market town of Chipping Norton.
Our pupils may have experienced failure in education and trauma in their personal lives which often results in low self-esteem. Park School therefore endeavours to empower its pupils through successful learning to develop their confidence and self-esteem.
We Aim To:
- Provide a curriculum that is balanced, broadly based and develops skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT and science.
- Provide opportunities for all pupils to enjoy learning, to achieve high standards and develop self-confidence and self esteem.
- Provide opportunities for personal, social, health and emotional development.
- Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
- Re-integrate pupils where possible, and where appropriate, into mainstream schools.
- Enable pupils to interact and communicate with a wide range of people.
- Enable pupils to express preferences, communicate needs, make choices and decisions and choose options that other people act on and respect.
- Prepare pupils for adult life in which they have the greatest possible degree of autonomy.
- Increase pupils’ awareness and understanding of their environment and of the world.
- Encourage pupils to explore, to question and to challenge.
We involve the pupils in their learning by listening to their views and considering their choices, especially in the later key stages.
We are committed to empowering and inspiring individuals to learn, achieve and succeed, in a bid to help reintegrate them back into mainstream settings.
A broad and balanced curriculum which replicates a main stream setting as far as possible. We cultivate an ethos of mutual respect, trust and high expectations, a positive environment which celebrates and rewards success and progress, full time education in a creative and stimulating environment, emphasis on personal and social development and a pathway to independence in small teaching groups of generally no more than five, with high staff to pupil ratios.
We maintain our three core values throughout the school:
- RESPECT – Learning to respect ourselves, others and the environment.
- EMPOWER – Striving to become confident individuals who are independent, emotionally resilient and are equipped with leadership skills for the future.
- ACHIEVE – To succeed beyond previous expectation, to become responsible citizens and life-long learners.
Our Shared Values:
- All in our community are entitled to equal opportunity irrespective of gender, race, creed, background or ability.
- We promote the understanding and acceptance needed in a multicultural society and we celebrate the diversity and richness of that society.
- We are committed to working in partnership with others.
- We acknowledge the right to be heard and the responsibility to listen.
- We respect the self-esteem and dignity of others.
- We value the contribution of all the members of our community.
- To work co-operatively in teams and in partnership with others in school, the homes and in the community.
- To develop a partnership with carers/parents.
- To own their work within the framework of agreed shared aims and values.
- To be involved in all aspects of our pupils’ development.
- To exercise a duty of care and concern for the wellbeing and safety of all our pupils.
- To maintain the highest professional standards.