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Northcott School
Dulverton Close, Bransholme, HU7 4EL, UK Kingston upon Hull
+44 (0)1482 825311
www:http://www.northcott.hull.sch.uk/e-mail:admin@northcott.hull.sch.uk

 
SCHOOL AIMS
We will do our best to:
be healthy
stay safe
Learn and achieve
help others
show respect
be the best we can be
 
Northcott is a special, co-educational, day school for children with special needs aged from 5 -16. We have a small, specialist Autistic Provision while the greater part of school provides a Protective Environment for children with emotional difficulties, medical problems, and visual impairment or communication difficulties. Most children are in the moderate Learning difficulty range. We have 90 places for children in the protective environment and 18 in the autistic provision.

The school is not affiliated to any particular religious denomination.

The admission policy is determined by the Local Authority (LA) and is reflected in the previous description. Admissions are decided by the LA, not by the school.
 
Admission and Visiting Arrangements]

Prospective parents may visit the school by arrangement with the Headteacher. As well as touring the school and being given verbal information, a school brochure is given to all visitors. The latter includes this prospectus, the care and control policy, a summary of our most recent Ofsted inspection, leaflets on awards gained by the school and a Newsletter produced by pupils. Admission is determined by the Local Authority (LA), not by the school and parents should address admission requests to their Local Authority.

Parents of pupils at the school are offered a timetabled open evening or annual review appointment every term as well as being invited in to Xmas concerts, sports days, and a prize giving ceremony; parents are sometimes also invited to residencies by performers (such as musicians) and living history groups. A ‘Top Nosh’ restaurant is run by Y10/11 on some Thursday lunchtimes and parents will receive details of this when it is open to them. At other times parents are encouraged to make a prior appointment before visiting to ensure that staff are available. A list of staff is at the end of this prospectus.

The school office is staffed from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., an answer phone being left on during those hours if staff are not available. At other times staff may be available to answer the telephone but this cannot be guaranteed. A uniphone is available for people with a hearing impairment. (Office staff aim to answer telephone calls within five rings.) The school nurse is available on site from 9.15 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 
 

SPECIAL CURRICULAR ARRANGEMENTS

The whole school is resourced to help us meet the special needs of our pupils but some specific arrangements are detailed below.

We have a well-equipped medical area and the services of a nurse/health care worker on site. We also have on-site speech therapy provision and staff from the visually impaired service are also based at Northcott. We receive regular visits from physiotherapists and others.

A uniphone is available for parents and pupils with hearing impairment. A sensory room has been equipped for pupils with autism. Wheelchair access is available all round the grounds, including our new adventure playground, and we have a Gimson stairmate to allow wheelchair users access to our upstairs classrooms. Two toilets have been adapted for people with physical disabilities. One of our school gardens contains a sensory garden for our visually impaired pupils. Our fire alarm system has also been partly adapted for hearing impaired pupils.

In recent years we have provided disabled parking spaces close to the school entrance; three disabled ramps to the playground; provided a wider door to the Y10/11 building and installed wider, easy open fire doors to improve wheelchair access and added tactile pavers to the main entrance footpath to assist visually impaired pupils' mobility. During this school year we added a speech facility to our website to allow people with visual impairments or reading difficulties greater access.

In terms of the building we have completed all aspects of our original access plan now that we have replaced a number of doors with easy opening wide access ones during this school year

Several staff have qualifications in specific areas of special needs. As well as training staff in subject areas, a significant part of our training every year deals with issues of disability or special needs. Teaching staff in the autistic provision, for example, undertake training in TEACCH, PECS and usually take a certificate, diploma or higher level qualification in autism.

We have an outreach service for pupils with autism in mainstream schools. As part of this we have run training for parents and professionals in the area of autism.

DRESS CODE

School uniform is not compulsory but we prefer children to wear school polo or sweatshirts whenever possible. These can be purchased from the school office. They can be worn with grey or black trousers or skirt. We ask that children do not wear clothes with any offensive logos.

Pupils should bring in their own PE kit, towels and washing materials on days they have games. They must changes into suitable clothing and footwear. They will also be expected to take a shower or have a body wash after games.

Although pupils are normally allowed to wear some jewellery, it must be removed by the pupil before games and other practical activities for Health and Safety reasons. Parents of younger children may prefer to remove jewellery before their child sets off for school on days when they will have PE/games. Nose, eyebrow, navel and other body piercings which present a Health and Safety hazard are not allowed.

Staff are also required to present a smart, professional image, setting a good example for pupils to follow.

CALENDAR

SCHOOL DATES 2007-2008

School opens on Wednesday 5th September 2007.

Half Term
School closes Friday 19th October 2007 and re-opens Monday 29th October 2007.

Christmas Holiday
School closes Friday 21st December 2007 and re-opens Tuesday 8th January 2008.

Half Term
School closes Thursday 7th February 2008 and re-opens Monday 18th February 2008

Easter Holidays
School closes Thursday 20th March 2008 and re-opens Tuesday 8th April 2008.

May Day – Monday 5th May 2008.

Half Term
School closes Friday 23rd May 2008 and re-opens Monday 2nd June 2008.


SUMMER HOLIDAYS
School closes Tuesday 22nd July 2008.



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