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Stoke Leys School
Stoke Leys Close, HP21 9ET, UK Aylesbury
+44 (0)1296 427441

It is with great pride that on behalf of the pupils, staff and governors, I welcome you to our school website.

Stoke Leys School is a community special school for children, between 5 and 11 years, with moderate learning difficulties.

It was opened in 1978 as an all-age school, 5 to 16 years.  It opened with 23 children on roll.  They were located in the area of our current years 3 and 4.  As the number on roll increased other areas of the school were then in use.  Ploughed open fields surrounded the school for the first two years and the children only had the hard-standing playground area.  After two years the grounds were landscaped.

There are two members of staff from the original complement who are still working at the school.

We are a caring, orderly community where children work hard and grow in confidence.  Children learn in a safe, structured environment where the highest standards of effort and behaviour are expected and where we are constantly able to celebrate the success of our pupils.

The school benefits from excellent links and support from health professionals.

The school specialises in meeting the needs of children with additional speech and language difficulties.  Staff have built up considerable practice and skills in this area.  A Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist attends the school four sessions per week.

The school makes provision for children with physical difficulties.  A physiotherapist attends one day per week.  The school also supports children with moderate sensory impairment.  Teachers for hearing and visual impairment visit the school as necessary.




STOKE LEYS SCHOOL provides an environment where individuals are

valued for themselves and where all are expected to give their best.

We endeavour to create a strong sense of community through the

partnership and co-operation of all those connected with the school.

We aim:

To provide a stable, caring, positive and stimulating environment in which children may develop confidence and learn.

To enable each child to reach his or her full potential, both socially and academically.

To help children develop respect for religious beliefs and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life.

To develop, in each child, the ability to get enjoyment and satisfaction from learning so that this can continue throughout life.

To enable children to have full access to the National Curriculum, regardless of sex, race or ability and to deliver it in a way that most suits the needs and abilities of the individual child.

To help children investigate, understand and appreciate the World in which they live.

To help each child to become a happy, caring young person capable of contributing to the community in a positive way.

To monitor the development of individual children in order to ensure appropriateness of placement.


Pupils referred to the school have a Statement of Special Educational Needs.  Children’s needs may include learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties and communication difficulties.

Admissions may be made at any time during the school year, but generally take place at the start of each term.  All admissions are made in accordance with the current school policy and appropriate legislation.

When a child is referred by County, Special Needs department, to the school, his/her statement is studied and a list of factors that may have educational implications is compiled.  The previous school and other agencies involved with the school may be consulted.

Parents who are considering sending their children to Stoke Leys are invited to make a visit to the school.  If agreement is reached between parents and school that Stoke Leys may be an appropriate placement the child is also invited to visit.  A place will be offered if the needs of the children can be met at Stoke Leys.

A place is confirmed only if the provision we offer and the needs of the child are compatible and parents feel that they can support the recommendations set out in this prospectus.


The Whole Curriculum

The curriculum covers the full range of learning and other kinds of experience that each school plans for its pupils. It includes the National Curriculum, which all schools are legally required to teach, but also the other aspects of the rich and varied life of  schools, reflecting the different emphases and priorities which each school has.

The staff and governors of Stoke Leys believe that children should learn, during their time at school, to value themselves, their families and friends and develop qualities  such as kindness and tolerance of others and a regard for truth and honesty. They should acquire a positive approach to life and learning and take a pride in their achievements and those of other members of the school community.

The school curriculum is enriched by the many contributions of all who work at Stoke Leys, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and governors. Taken as a whole it provides nurture for all aspects of the developing child; mental, physical, social and cultural, as well as spiritual and moral.

The Stoke Leys curriculum  is designed to prepare its pupils to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of today’s fast-changing world, to enter the world of work and to take their place in society, equipped to make a worthwhile contribution, and derive pleasure and satisfaction from a wide range of activities.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides an entitlement for all pupils, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender and differences in ability and disabilities, to a number of areas of learning and the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.

It makes expectations for learning and achievement clear and thus establishes national standards for the performance of pupils, at each stage of development. These standards are used to set targets that help to monitor and measure progress, right from the very first steps on the learning ladder. As all schools follow the same National Curriculum it makes for continuity and progression from one school to the next.

The assessment of children is a continual part of classroom practice.  Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress and this is reported in detail at the Annual Review Meeting and the Annual Report.

Statutory Attainment Tests

All children are assessed at the end of year 2 and year 6 (7 years and 11 years).  Please refer to the appendices.


The Governors expect children to wear the School Uniform.  A uniform helps children to feel that they belong to the school community.  Our uniform is inexpensive and practicable.

We encourage the children to take pride in their appearance and set a standard that we are all proud of.

The school colours are bright red and grey.

We would like boys to wear:

                                                        grey trousers

                                                        grey or bright red sweatshirt/pullover*

                                                        grey or white shirt/white t-shirt/polo shirt**

                                                        grey socks

                                                        school shoes with non-marking soles


We would like girls to wear:

                                                        grey skirt or trousers

                                                        grey or bright red sweatshirt/pullover*

                                                        white shirt/white t-shirt/polo shirt**

                                                        red and white dress for the summer

                                                        grey or white socks/tights

                                                        school shoes with non-marking soles

A warm, water and windproof coat is required in winter and a summer shower-proof coat in the summer term.  Please ensure that your child comes to school with a coat unless we really are in the middle of a ‘heat-wave’.

School sweatshirts may be purchased from the Office

**        Polo shirts are also available from the Office

PE Kit

            Plain black/blue or white shorts

            Plain white ‘T’-shirt or equivalent

            White cotton socks


            Bag to keep kit in

            Tracksuits and trainers may be brought for outdoor games

Swimming Kit

            A towel

            Trunks or one piece costume

            Swimming hat

            Bag to keep kit in**

            **Swimming kit bags are available from the school.  

We ask that all PE and Swimming Kit is brought into school on Mondays and we will send PE kit home at the end of the week for washing.  Swimming kit will normally be sent home at the end of the day on which swimming takes place.


Each child has a class teacher who is responsible for his/her pastoral care.  Additional care is provided by the Learning Support Assistant assigned to each class.  The class teacher will maintain contact between home and school.  Parents are kept informed of day to day matters through the home diary.  The diary is used as required to make communication easy.  Individual messages can be passed between school and parent.  When a note has been sent home in a diary we ask that parents would sign it to acknowledge receipt of the information.  Staff will do the same for parents’ notes.

Central to the school’s ethos is the concept of care and regard for one another.  Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and also to share problems and difficulties.  Children are encouraged to choose who they wish to talk to and confide in.  It is also our policy that the Headteacher is available for children to talk to at reasonable times.

We will always contact parents if we care concerned in any way about aspects of children’s welfare, progress or behaviour.  It is also our policy to contact you with good news as well!!  We hope you will keep us informed too.

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