Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Our school is located on two sites, our main site on Crawlaw Road in Easington houses our Early Years, Primary and Secondary departments and our Edenhill site in Peterlee houses our Sixth Form department. All students have access to a range of facilities onsite and offsite in the local community, community engagement is a key part of our curriculum and students regularly access community facilities.

 

Early Years

We currently have two classes within our Early Years/Pre-Primary provision, the classrooms are designed using a continuous provision model allowing children to explore independently with adults supporting the facilitation of engagement with different learning activities, the classes are set up into a number of different areas, such as construction zone, quiet zone, sensory space, reading zone and so on. Within this area of the school is a large accessible outdoor space accessed directly from the classroom and students are encouraged to access outdoor play as much as possible. The early years’ area has two built in bathrooms to ensure easy access to toilets to support personal care needs and any toilet training needs a student may have. The department is staffed by a range of professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, health care assistants as well as visiting professionals (internally and externally), for example, physio, speech and language therapists, communication assistants, occupational therapists, all of whom work in a team way to ensure individual student needs are met in the most effective ways possible.

Primary

We currently have ten classes within our Primary department, with two of these being located within our Autism Hub. The classrooms are designed with student need in mind, most of our classrooms provide a low stimulus environment which supports student’s sensory regulation needs and all classes have access to sensory equipment within the classroom to support student regulation. Two classes have internal sensory or quiet rooms to support student need. Toilets are located at the end of Primary corridor and two classes have their own internal bathrooms. Usually, we would have between five and ten young people within our Primary classes dependent on individual need. Our classes based within Primary department are named after colours, for example Orange Class etc and those based in the Autism Hub are named after trees for example Maple Class.

Each class has their own class charter which is a visual document that establishes an agreed set of rights-based principles upon which relationships can be based and which provide a language for shared values. The department have access to an occupational therapy suite, sports hall and dining hall inside the building and outside access to Forest School, an outdoor classroom and an outdoor trim trail.

The department is staffed by a range of dedicated professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, health care assistants as well as visiting professionals (internally and externally), for example physio, speech and language therapists, communication assistants, occupational therapists and our student support team all who work in a team way to ensure individual student needs are met in the most effective ways possible.

Secondary

We currently have eleven classes within our Secondary department, with key stage three students being located on the ground floor and key stage four classes on the first floor. The classrooms are designed with student need in mind, most of our classrooms provide a low stimulus environment which supports student’s sensory regulation needs, all classes have access to sensory equipment within the classroom to support student regulation. Toilets are located in both key stage areas, a short distance from classrooms. Usually, we would have between eight and twelve young people within our Secondary classes dependent on individual need. Our classes in Secondary department are all named after local Durham landmarks or locations, for example Castle class, Cathedral class, Elvet class etc. Each class has their own class charter which is a visual document that establishes an agreed set of rights-based principles upon which relationships can be based and which provide a language for shared values. The department have access to an occupational therapy suite, sensory room, food technology room, media suite, Science lab, sports hall and dining hall inside the building and outside access to Forest School, an outdoor classroom, outdoor reading area, outdoor gym, outdoor climbing wall on the Secondary yard. Our Secondary students frequently access local community facilities in Easington and Peterlee, for example the local library, gym, public transport, parks, East Durham coastal path as well as other facilities. The department is staffed by a range of dedicated professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, health care assistants as well as visiting professionals (internally and externally), for example physio, speech and language therapists, communication assistants, occupational therapists and our pastoral team all who work in a team way to ensure individual student needs are met in the most effective ways possible.

Sixth Form

We currently have three classes within our 6th Form Department, we are situated in our own building in the Eden Hill area of Peterlee. The classrooms are designed with student need in mind, most of our classrooms provide a low stimulus environment which supports student’s sensory regulation needs, all classes have access to sensory equipment within the classroom to support student regulation. Toilets are located in on both floors, a short distance from classrooms. Our class sizes are dependent on individual need. Each class has their own class charter which is a visual document that establishes an agreed set of rights-based principles upon which relationships can be based and which provide a language for shared values. Our Preparation for Adulthood plans are displayed in the classrooms to demonstrate how students prepare for life beyond 6th Form and the world of work.

Our building is in the heart of the community and allows us access to so many exciting opportunities, we house a Durham Trussell Trust Foodbank and use this to develop students employability skills through volunteering. We access the local community facilities to develop our independence, employability and social skills – students regularly visit the local library, leisure centre, supermarkets, rugby club and social club. Developing skills within the community is a very important part of our study programme, we travel train regularly, and some students go as far as Newcastle and the Metro Centre. We are working hard to develop work experience opportunities relating to student aspirations so that students are well prepared for the world of work, this includes external visitors coming in to practice team building and interview skills. The department is staffed by a range of dedicated professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, health care assistants as well as visiting professionals (internally and externally), for example physio, speech and language therapists, communication assistants, occupational therapists and our pastoral team all who work in a team way to ensure individual student needs are met in the most effective ways possible.