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Belmont House School
17 Racecourse Road, BT48 7RE, UK Londonderry
Tel. 02871 351266


Hampstead Learning Centre  ( Key Stage 2 )


Hampstead Learning Centre caters for pupils from 8-11 years of age. Teachers in the Centre also provide weekly Outreach support to local mainstream schools.


In Hampstead pupils are provided with a wide range of integrated educational experiences based on the N.I Curriculum. The curriculum is presented mainly though a termly topic approach with separate programmes for Maths, English, P.E and R.E.
Pupils are grouped according to age and as result all classes are of mixed ability. All receive regular homework.
Assessment and monitoring of pupil progress is an ongoing process. Each September pupils are assessed using a variety of tests, strengths and weaknesses are diagnosed and programmes developed to meet the needs of individual pupils. The Individual Education Plan for each child is completed by October, reviewed in February when a new plan is devised and reviewed again in June.  The plans are also frequently evaluated and amended  as required before the official February and June reviews. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the plans and reviews and are seen as essential to the process.


The achievements of all pupils are recognised, valued and celebrated enhancing the pupils self-esteem. High priority is given to the Pastoral Care of all pupils


The Centre endeavours to promote and encourage links with local mainstream schools.

We participate in all local school competitions and awards e.g Credit Union Art Competition, ROSPA Safety Competitions and have had many successes over the years. The children are regularly involved with local arts projects .

Messines Learning Centre ( Key Stage 1)


 Messines Learning Centre, the Infant Department of our school, consists of 4 classes catering for pupils from 3 - 8 years of age.


One Centre teacher is involved in Outreach Support to local mainstream schools.  Two teachers are also Home visitors for the Pre-School Service.


All classes, but particularly the first two, have a diagnostic purpose where staff work as closely as possible with other professionals to ensure that the needs of the pupils are identified and educational targets are achieved so that informed decisions can be made about appropriate placements in mainstream or special educational settings.


All pupils in the Centre work towards or within Level 1 of the NI Curriculum on the Stepping Stones Programme, with much of the Curriculum being delivered through Topic Work.


Our pupils have opportunities to work alongside their peer groups in both Nursery and Mainstream Schools.  They participate successfully in local and national competitions each year.  Their achievements are valued and celebrated both in the Centre and the wider school.  Pastoral Care is a high priority in the Centre.


Troy College (Key Stage 3 and 4)





Troy  College consists of the Years 8 - 12

As a department it is our intention to promote within all our pupils an enhancement of each individual's Self Confidence, Social Skills, Communication Skills, Physical Fitness, Recreational Skills, Social Conscience, Cultural Awareness, Academic Ability, Investigative Ability and a courtesy and respect for others, and for the environment.  In pursuance of these aims classroom teachers do not limit their involvement to the delivery of the curriculum but also undertake pastoral responsibilities for each of the pupils in their class.




Troy operates a curriculum similar to mainstream secondary schools for Year 8 to 10 where all our pupils participate in the compulsory areas of study for Key Stage 3.  Each subject is introduced at the appropriate level for each pupil's age and ability as recommended in legislation.  To assist in this we also have a French Assistant to give the pupils experience of a foreign language.

Year 10 in particular are encouraged to focus attention on the preparation for the transition to adult life and the need for further education.  Pre-vocational skills play a large part in their future career plan.


Key Stage 4 students in Year 11 and 12 attend NWIFHE for 2-3 days per week where they participate in the following courses - Retailing, I.C.T., Outdoor Pursuits, Catering, Woodwork, Metalwork, Motor Vehicle, Painting and Decorating, Bricklaying, Team Enterprise and Personal and Social Development.

Numeracy and Literacy is also continued within the school as are other subjects i.e. Art and P.E. - Year 11.



As part of their preparation for adult life all pupils in Year 12 take part in work experience.  This consists of one day a week for six weeks, followed by a placement in various industrial, commercial, educational and caring establishments. Each placement is established between the school, the home and the workplace with the specific needs, aspirations and abilities of the individual pupil very much to the fore.  Year 12 class teacher communicates with each  establishment and visits each pupil at work on a regular basis.



Troy Key Stage 4 & Year 13


 The aims of our Key Stage 4 Programme are to:


l Provide a supported education service to students with M.L.D. who will have been   

 identified at the 14 plus transition review as being able and willing to work towards  a mainstream education and training placement.


l Promote self-determination and the enablement of enhanced personal  effectiveness for young adults between the ages of 14-16 years old.


Year 11& 12  students are offered an agreed individual programme that is regularly reviewed.

Features of the programme include:


l Continuation of the core subjects related to the N.I.C.C.


l Attendance at vocational link courses at NWIFHE.


l A Personal and Social Education programme designed to meet each students agreed needs.


l A Careers education and guidance programme.


l A gradual and progressive work experience programme based on student preferences and



l An integral recreation Outdoor Pursuits Programme feeding into residential placements.


Through this programme they will follow O.C.R. National Skills Profile Accreditation Scheme.  This is a skills based Vocational Programme delivered over a two year period.


 Year 13 - is based at Pennyburn Learning Centre.  This year caters for young adults with moderate learning difficulties who will benefit from one year of further training to develop the necessary skills and qualities needed for employment or further training elsewhere. The Core elements of the Year 13 programme are:


I.   Vocational training in a variety of occupational areas.


II.   Gradually extending work placements that reflects student?s interests, abilities and   



III. Basic skills and personal development.


In meeting these core elements it is understood that students will be required to


l attend the NWIFHE 2 days each week.


l pursue a course of training leading to an external award and other qualifications, if

    appropriate, in a number of different vocational areas.


l participate in the work experience programme as required according to ability and  preference.


l participate in drama and recreational pursuits as required.


l work towards independence in travel and self-supervision


l participate in programmes of study in social and life skills, numeracy, literacy and

    personal development.


l participate in all activities in preparation for employment at a further training place.





The Shandon Guidance & Support Centre opened its doors in September 2001.  Since then it has become an integral component of the Behaviour Management policy of the school for pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4.


To Enable Effective Teaching and Learning to Take Place we offer:


l         Support and guidance on Behaviour Management Techniques to staff in order to develop strategies in line with our Assertive Discipline Policy.


l         A designated facility for pupils who are exhibiting emotional and/or behavioural difficulties within the Troy department on a needs basis.


l         A designated facility for pupils requiring withdrawal from class in the line with

            our Assertive Discipline Policy at the in-house suspension stage.


l         Another layer of choice for pupils in danger of facing suspension and/or expulsion for continuous inappropriate behaviours.




l         Based on the Framework for Alternative Educational Provision as outlined in the ETI document on Promoting Improvement.


l         An emphasis is placed on Personal & Social Education


l         Centred on Pupils' Individual Education Plans and Class 6 week Planners


l         Behaviour Modification techniques using a combination of Assertive Discipline

            (Lee Canter 1992):  Examine, Repair & Move On (Eileen Murphy 1993) and

            Solution Focused Brief Therapy (de Shazer 1985).


l         Anger Management for pupils in need using Shapiro et al 1995 strategies of

            Identification, Recognition and Solution leading to a Personal Peace Plan.


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