Our Values and Ethos

The Mendip School is committed to developing the academic and life skills of all its pupils and students to enable them to lead safe, happy and purposeful lives, contributing economically and socially to society.

The Mendip schools aim is to replicate the innovative, highly regarded and successful approaches developed at Fosse Way School. Creating a high quality alternative to a mainstream provision in which children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) from ages 4-19 will thrive.

Towards these ends our school:

  •  strives to ensure pupils and students achieve high academic and social standards
  •  creates a personalised and enjoyable learning experience for each student
  •  encourages creativity and enterprise
  •  values the diversity of pupil and student learning and outcomes
  •  embraces new technology and innovation
  •  works in partnership with other agencies and organisations

Our Vision

The Mendip School’s vision and ethos will be reflected through its curriculum and will provide:

  • a high quality alternative to mainstream provision in which children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) across the 4-19 age range will thrive
  • aspirational adult outcomes for all its pupils
  • a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at creating an educational experience that is focused upon and therefore prepares pupils for adult life. The curriculum offer will conform to national government expectations, catering for a broad range of abilities through providing a number of learning pathways that lead to a variety of post school destinations
  • a physical environment and teaching approaches that have been created in response to sensitivity to the particular needs of children with autism
  • a wide range of opportunities to access external agencies such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy to support individual needs
  • an inclusive environment in which pupils feel safe, confident, are happy and make outstanding progress academically, socially and in the development of their independence skills
  • strong partnerships with the families of pupils and collaboration with a range of other agencies, creating a caring and friendly learning environment in which pupils make outstanding progress
  • a school which is socially viable, enabling pupils to make friendship choices from within their own peer groups
  • the ‘all-through’ aspect of the school will create for pupils, continuity and familiarity of environment, ensuring stress-free transitions as pupils progress through their school life
  • support services to the families of its pupils
  • a positive choice for parents

 

Statement of Provision

The Mendip School is a special free school which provides 120 places for children in the age range 4 – 19 years with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s statement or EHCP.

Our school provides small teaching groups, usually led by more than one member of staff. All classroom staff have received specialist training in the teaching of children with Autism and SLCN. The curriculum is broad and balanced, differentiated according to need and aimed at creating an educational experience that prepares pupils for adult life. The curriculum offer also conforms to national government expectations. Our pupils represent a very wide range of abilities and in response the curriculum provides a number of pathways that lead to a variety of post school destinations. A strong emphasis upon a vocational approach to our curriculum creates opportunities for our pupils to develop those skills which will be important to them in adult life. For some pupils this may mean a focus upon independence skills whilst for others academic qualifications provide the key to access post-16 Further Education courses.

For further information please see ‘Our Transitions, Tours and Admissions page on our website or contact the office team:

Phone: 01761 404203

Email:  office@themendipschool.com