Newton Solney, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE15 0TA
Ms Shally Saleri-Palmer
5 – 19 years
ASD, ASP, AUT, LD, MLD, SCD, SLD
Bladon House School is a unique and inclusive Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School. We cater for up to 50 students, aged 5 to 19 years, with moderate to severe learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviours. All students have had significant gaps in prior learning opportunities due to their complex SEND, and have an Education and Health Care plan (EHCP), with a proportion also being Children who are Looked After (LAC). The School has an onsite registered Children's Home, with weekly, termly, and 52-week residents, all of whom attend the education provision. The school also has day pupils that travel from the surrounding counties.
All students have learning needs which means that their attainment is well below that of age related expectations, and they will continue to do so due to their cognitive function. Current primary areas of need include Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attachment needs, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and a significant proportion of students have a diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Most students will have experience of failed settings and often will have been isolated from interaction with their peers and school community. A significant number of students have also had prolonged periods of time out of a school setting. The success of the school is everyone's determination to engage and inspire students to thrive within the inclusive and aspirational Bladon community. Our ethos is underpinned by The Bladon Way values which promotes four crucial positive behaviours; Look after everything, try your best, make good choices and be kind to everyone.
The Bladon Way Curriculum is designed for the young people to engage, aspire and thrive within the Bladon Community. Thereafter, beyond Bladon, the young people may then flourish and prosper. The Bladon Way helps to embed 4 important positive behaviours within our young people which we believe to be crucial in enabling them to become active citizens within a community. They are: The curriculum offer is rooted in the belief that the young people at Bladon are encouraged and developed into becoming active participants in the Bladon Community and then beyond. This is crucial to develop our long-term aim that, when it is time for the next step on their life journey, they can successfully access appropriate destinations and have been prepared for life after Bladon. In short, our desire is for all students to leave with the tools to be an active citizen in their communities. The school believes that being at Bladon is part of the journey, we are not the destination. The curriculum offer is fully individualised to meet the spectrum of need of our young people thus enabling each individual to be successful and achieve positive outcomes.