The Gallery Trust has three special schools in its Trust, Iffley Academy, Bardwell School and Bloxham Grove Academy, which is currently in pre-opening. The Trust also has a resource base near Banbury.
The Trust is working closely with Springfield School, Witney, and we hope Springfield School will join the Trust later this year.
Iffley Academy is located in central Oxford, and is Oxfordshire’s largest special school, with 154 pupils on roll. Rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in February 2019, the Academy meets the needs of students with a range of SEND, including Cognition and Learning Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. The learning community is based on respectful relationships with students, created through understanding of their special educational needs, commitment to restorative approaches, and by providing outstanding teaching and pastoral care. Iffley Academy recently achieved the Restorative Services Quality Mark from the Restorative Justice Council – the first special school to receive this award – and has been awarded Autism Accreditation by The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autistic spectrum and their families. Iffley Academy is a Teaching School.
Iffley Academy is currently being re-built on its current site, and it is hoped that pupils will move into their brand new, state of the art school in April 2020.
Bloxham Grove Academy, a new free special school, is currently in the pre-opening phase of planning and while an opening date is not yet confirmed, the Trust hopes that this new provision for students with SEND will open in late 2020. The school’s educational offer will be closely modelled on that provided by Iffley Academy.
The new Academy will cater for 100 students with SEND by year 4 of opening, and it is hoped that it will be co-located with another school on a rural site in North Oxfordshire.
Bardwell School has approximately 80 students on roll and has a strong focus on individualised, inclusive learning. Students are grouped with their age peers in classes where learning is skilfully differentiated to ensure every pupil succeeds and is celebrated in a fully inclusive class and school community.
The Bardwell curriculum provides a framework for teaching and learning in the school, underpinned by assessment from which teachers make judgements as to the appropriate next steps for pupils. This allows teachers to deliver positive, stimulating and challenging learning and is in line with the National Curriculum. When students move into The Lodge (post-16) they have access to entry-level qualifications through the National Open College Network (NOCN). This is delivered alongside personalised learning focused on each student’s planned pathway to adulthood.
The Gallery Trust runs a resource base near Banbury, The [email protected] Park, a co-educational special resource base for 10 children aged between 5 – 11 with persistent, complex Additional and Special Educational Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). Students attending the provision remain on the role of their mainstream school whilst they attend a short term intervention at the base. The [email protected] Park is a Banbury Partnership resource and eligible students attending primary schools in the partnership can attend.
The [email protected] Park aims to achieve the very best outcomes for all learners offering short stay specialist provision, ensuring that students with SEND achieve good short term outcomes which will support their engagement and success in their mainstream schools.
The Gallery Trust hopes that Springfield School will join the Trust in November 2019, and is in consultation with another special school who is interested in joining The Gallery Trust.