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Bower Grove School
Fant Lane, ME16 8NL, UK Maidstone
+44 (0)1622 726773
www:http://www.bower-grove.kent.sch.uk/e-mail:headteacher@bower-grove.kent.sch.uk
office@bower-grove.kent.sch.uk

Welcome

Welcome to Bower Grove School.  The school is situated on the outskirts of Maidstone and enjoys excellent buildings, facilities and grounds.  This is a day special school with over 200 statemented children aged 5 – 16 years with complex learning needs.  The school is designated as a school for moderate learning difficulties but is presently being reviewed as part of Kent’s Special School Review.  The LEA is undertaking a review of all special schools in the county and there is a proposal to re-designate the school from September 2005.  Presently the governors are liaising with the authority regarding the future role and during the next year the consultation process will be finalised and a new designation will be agreed with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

 Pupils

 Pupils at the school have a range of needs, which include: 

§         Communication and interaction, including speech and language as well as pupils on the autistic spectrum.

§         Physical and sensory, including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, hearing and visually impairments.

§         Learning difficulties including specific learning, dyslexia and significant learning needs.

§         Behaviour problems – many pupils have associated behaviours due to their delayed learning and their special needs.

 

School and the community 

The school is actively involved in the local community and receives tremendous support from local business and organisations.  The work experience and active citizenship programmes are well supported and many local schools take advantage of the school’s outreach and inclusion programme.  The school values the experience gained through extra curricular activities and residential experiences and many opportunities are made available to our pupils.

 The local community take advantage of the location and a football club, keep fit group and the City of Rochester Pipe Band all use the school facilities during evenings and weekends.  The Hotfoot Playscheme also use the school throughout the summer holidays.

 Bower Grove is a vibrant, energetic and forward thinking school.  We hope you find the website interesting and easily accessible.  Obviously if you require any further details, a prospectus or a visit, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We are proud of our school and extend a warm welcome from all the pupils, staff and governors at Bower Grove School.

CURRICULUM

The school offers broad, balanced and relevant curriculum opportunities to meet the special individual needs of the pupils.  Care is taken to ensure work is appropriate to the pupil’s abilities, strengths, interests and previous experiences.  Children will be encouraged to approach their learning positively and to be actively involved in it, so that they gain confidence and competence in all areas of their work.  The school will provide the supportive environment, which will enable the pupils to be involved in a wide variety of educational, vocational and social experiences.

The school follows the National Curriculum.

 

English

 

This includes communication skills, reading, spelling, handwriting, creative writing, language development, appreciation of literature, listening to others and expressing themselves effectively through speech.  Those children requiring additional language work, either individually or in groups, are monitored and given specific assistance by the Speech Therapist who is attached to the school.  All children in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 are undertaking the Literacy Strategy.  At Key Stage 4 accreditation is gained through the Entry Level of Edexcel.

 

Mathematics

 

Pupils cover the number, shape, space, measures and data handling elements within the National Curriculum and Numeracy Strategy.  A variety of approaches are used to make mathematics enjoyable and accessible.  Mental arithmetic skills are developed through games and practical activities and provide different methods for completing written calculations.  In the senior school the ability to think clearly and logically is encouraged in order to carry out practical tasks, solve real life problems and complete investigations.  Public examinations are taken at the end of year 11, which include the Entry Level qualification together with the SMP Graduated Assessment Scheme, which can result in a GCSE in Mathematics.

 

Science

 

The children are introduced to Science according to the guidelines of the National Curriculum.  Emphasis is placed upon practical work, which will stimulate children’s interest in their environment and develop curiosity in life.  The work will encourage observation, investigation, exploration and problem solving skills.  Year Groups 6 and above have lessons in the Science laboratory.  At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the Welsh Board syllabus.

 

Foundation Subjects

 

In addition to the core areas of the National Curriculum, the foundation subjects are also taught.  From years 6 – 11 pupils follow a modern foreign language programme, which at Bower Grove is mainly French. 

 

UNIFORM

Boys   White shirt                                           Girls    White Blouse

                       Black or grey trousers                                    Black or navy skirt or trousers

                       Navy blue jumper or                                      Light blue summer dress

                       School sweatshirt                                           Navy blue cardigan, jumper or

                       Sensible shoes (not trainers)                          School sweatshirt

                                                                                              Sensible shoes (not trainers)

PE Kit

 

            Boys   Plain white T shirt                               Girls     Plain white T shirt

                       Plain black or navy shorts                               Plain black or navy shorts/PE skirt

                       Trainers/plimsolls                                           Trainers/plimsolls

                       Short white socks (optional)                            Short white socks (optional)

                       Towel                                                              Towel

 

 

Sweatshirts are available from school.  Sizes from 26” to 32” are £10 each and 34” upwards are priced at £13.50.  It should be remembered that no denim clothing should be worn at school.  High heeled or metal studded shoes are not to be worn as they cause damage to the floor and many accidents have been caused through slipping.  No jewellery is allowed in school, which includes earrings, although one stud per ear is permitted.  Jeans are not to be worn.

 

Book Bags and P.E. Bags are also available from the school, priced at £3 and £4.50 respectively.

 

Please would you ensure that all items of uniform are clearly marked with your child’s name.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Bower Grove School has a host of clubs and activities to enhance the work within the curriculum and also provide a social arena for the children to build their confidence and social skills. Some of the clubs and activities that are on offer are:

MONDAY

 

Movement Club  - with a qualified instructor for pupils from Key Stage 2.  This club takes place from 3.15 - 4.15pm in the school hall for a maximum of 12 pupils.    The sessions run on a 6 week rota so everyone who wants to join in gets a chance to 'have a go' and pupils are assisted by two learning support assistants from Bower Grove.  Parents should apply to Mrs D Shalders (PE Co-ordinator) if they would like their child to take part.

 

WEDNESDAY

 

Junior Kids Club - Every Wednesday the children who belong to the Bower Grove Kids Club meet after school from 3.15 until 5pm to have fun with arts, crafts, stories and games.  The Volunteer Services Unit, led by Emma, brings a group of young adult volunteers from local secondary schools to support the children and introduce them to a range of activities.  The sessions have followed a range of themes including animals, travelling around the world and characters from fiction.  The club is open for children from groups 4, 5, A3 and 6 and, although originally planned for 12 children, it has proved so popular that membership had to be increased to 20.  There is a nominal charge of 50p per week to cover the cost of refreshments and art materials.  The children go home at the end of each session carrying an array of colourful hats and models, though most eatable goodies have usually disappeared before 5 o'clock!  For more information contact Mrs P Stephens, group 4 teacher at Bower Grove School.

 

MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY

 

Library Club - The Library Club is held every Monday and Wednesday lunchtime and is proving very popular with senior school pupils.  The club is run by Mrs Green and Mrs Coveney and is open to all senior pupils who want to "chill out" while they enjoy reading comics and magazines, look at books or play board games and listen to music.  If you are a pupil in the senior school and are interested in joining this club then come along during the lunch break on a Monday and Wednesday.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

THURSDAY

 

Football Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.30pm.  Pupils from years 5 & 6 are coached by Mr Wiley and Miss Linn together with a learning support assistant.  Pupils from Key Stages 3/4 are coach by Mike Knight (FA Coach) who is assisted by Mr Dalton and Mr Wells.  Matches are often played against local mainstream primary schools.  Boys and girls year 5 upwards are welcome to join this club.  If you would like your child to take part, please contact Mr Wiley.

Netball Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.15pm and is coached by Mrs Shalders, Mrs Johnston and Mrs Cadman.  This is open for all pupils from year 5 upwards (both boys and girls).  Matches are frequently played against local mainstream primary schools.

Music Club - meets every Thursday after school from 3.15 - 4.30pm.  The workshops are open to all children in years 2 to 6 plus pupils in groups 7S and Enhancement and are fun by an experienced teacher from the Kent Music School.  There are up to 15 spaces.  The sessions offer pupils opportunities to respond to a variety of musical sounds and activities.  The emphasis is upon enjoyment as they create a repertoire of songs, rhymes and games to develop self-esteem, social interaction and language.  Movement to song, percussion instruments and a variety of musical styles are used to encourage emotional responses and every aspect of co-ordination.  The cost is £3 per session.

 

SQUARE PEGS DRAMA CLUB

This drama group is run by volunteer parents and is for young people aged between 7 and 16 who may find it difficult to fit into other groups.  There are two sessions: 7-11 year olds from 6.30pm - 7.30pm and 12 - 16 year olds from 7.30pm - 9pm.  The group leader is drama trained and assisted by volunteers.  To find out more about this club please contact: Nicky on 07736 521875 or Jonathan on 01622 209530.  There will be a small charge of £1 per session, payable on a half termly basis.

 

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

 

Discovery Day - Discovery Days are held at local sports centres in Maidstone, Larkfield and Tonbridge.  Pupils are given the opportunity to try out 5 different sports such as trampolining, golf, twirling, judo, boccia, and curling with qualified coaches.  These Discovery Days are aimed at pupils with special educational needs and are always very popular.

Kent Youth Games - The Kent Youth Games are held on a Saturday in June and last year pupils competed in cycling, archery and orienteering.  Specialist coaches came into school prior to the games to coach these sports so pupils were able to compete.  This year we won the orienteering and Bower Grove was awarded a trophy.

Fixtures - Pupils are able to take part in various sports fixtures throughout the year, participating in football, netball, cross country and swimming against teams from other special schools and sometimes mainstream schools throughout the county.



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