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Gateway School

Gateway School

The Gateway School is situated on the second floor of Nunnery Court, and was set up in September 2013. Its purpose is to provide an alternative educational environment for the young people of Hinchingbrooke School who find accessing mainstream school/lessons challenging, and need time out of them (due to a number of complex needs) whether it is on a part time or full time basis.

                                         

Staff

Katie Jacklin

Progression Manager Gateway School (kaj@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk)

Graham Middleton

Teacher Gateway School (gnm@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk)

Helen Banks

Senior TA (heb@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk)

Janet Dalton

Senior TA (jad@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk)

Additional external staff

Gemma Evans                            

Education Inclusion Officer (Hunts Locality Team) (gemma.evans@cambridgeshire.gov.uk OR Telephone: 01480 379457)

Referral

All Students of The Gateway School have personalised programmes to meet their individual needs and have access to mainstream staff, off site provisions and high levels of pastoral support in order to help them make progress both educationally and personally.

Referrals to Gateway School are discussed at the fortnightly student review meetings which are attended by all Gateway staff, Heads of School/Year and when required Student Support Officers. It is here that student welfare and educational provision is discussed at length, in order to put together an appropriate plan of support. Due to the complex needs of the students of Gateway School almost all will have some outside agency input either from the locality team via the CAF, or social care.

Katie Jacklin, who leads the Gateway team, is in close liaison with Gateway student’s families, Hinchingbrooke School staff and outside agencies, working particularly closely with the Student Services team which is also based in Nunnery Court (first floor) to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the inclusion of identified students of Hinchingbrooke School.

All students referred to Gateway School have an individual alternative education plan (IAEP) signed by the school, parent/carer(s) and student which is regularly reviewed and where required timetables are changed accordingly (reintegration/change of provision) to ensure that the right educational and pastoral support package is in place for the student. Unless exceptional circumstances apply, all have the required 25 hours a week timetable.

Curriculum

Gateway School offers alternative provision (AP) to both KS3 and KS4 via a number of provisions. Students of all years, accessing Gateway School are taught in small key stage groups by mainstream teaching staff and in some instances lessons are delivered by the Gateway School’s senior TA’s. The exception to this is the delivery of ASDAN and Tutor Time whereby Key Stage 3 & 4 work together where appropriate. (See below photos of Gateway school classrooms

                           

     KS3 Classroom                                                                                                     KS4 Classroom

Gateway School offers a full-time KS3 timetable delivering the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and ICT plus arts and humanities lessons all of which follow the curriculum as delivered in the mainstream. This supports the reintegration of students so when they return to mainstream classes they have an awareness and knowledge of the subject being delivered. The KS4 Gateway timetable is predominately on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday offering English, Maths and Science. On Monday and Tuesday KS4 students attend a variety of other off site placements such as local colleges, work experience placements and vocational training centres.

KS3/4 Gateway Timetables

KS3

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

ASDAN

Tutorial

ASDAN

Survival

ASDAN

2

DT

Maths

English

Media

ICT

3

PSD

English

Maths

Science

English

4

Music

Study Skills

Science

Maths

Art

Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

5

Geog

Art

Life skills

Catering

Social Skills

KS4

 

Monday           -        Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

·         w/exp

·         College

·         Vocational training providers

ASDAN

Tutorial

ASDAN

2

Science

Science

English

3

English

DT

Maths

4

Art

Maths

English

Tutorial

 

 

 

5

Careers

Life Skills

Social Skills

In exceptional cases some KS4 students will have access to Gateway School on a Monday and Tuesday and complete periods of ‘private study’; there are also students from both KS3/4 who access their educational provision via a virtual online classroom. Although some provisions for students are off site, effective systems are in place to support and monitor those who access them, all students are visited out on placement at least once a half-term by Gateway staff.

Gateway School also provides a place for identified students to access their breaks and lunches if required. (See below Gateway Schools social area used for break/lunch times by staff and students)

                                         

Progress

To monitor the progress of students who access Gateway School, termly reports are produced to track attendance levels, exclusions and attainment levels across all year groups. Students who access Gateway School will also be required to complete the same assessments that are delivered in the mainstream. This monitoring process is supported by our EIO (Educational Inclusion Office) who takes on a quality assurance role of all of Gateway AP and acts as a ‘critical friend’ .

PASS

Gateway School also uses the PASS (Pupil Attitude to Self and School) survey to record student views of themselves as social beings and learners alongside their school experience prior to, and after a period of time in The Gateway. This helps to increase students’ self-esteem and confidence and allows them to see how their own attitude to learning and social relationships have changed (for the positive) over time. The PASS survey is used to support reintegration of students back in to mainstream in that students recognise they are more confident and able to ‘learn’ and thus more willing to try mainstream lessons, with or without staff support. (See below example PASS results)

PASS Data - (Pupils Attitude to Self and School)

KEY:

  1. Feelings about school
  2. Perceived learning capability
  3. Self-regard as a learnr
  4. Preparedness for learning
  5. Attitudes to teachers
  6. General Work Ethic
  7. Confidence in learning
  8. Attitude to attendance
  9. Response to curriculum demands

(Pupil percentile scores – the higher, the more positive the pupil attitude/self-perception)

The schools on-site ‘Gateway’ provision, which opened in September 2013, provides high quality individualised provision for students with a wide range of frequently complex needs, and who often face significant challenges. Students and their parents are exceptionally positive about the impact of this support’ – Ofsted Feb 2014