ISP School Battle

Situated on the lovely setting of Glengorse Estate in Battle, East Sussex, ISP school provides specialist education for 7-16 year olds with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH), communication and interaction, cognition, and learning needs.

What can the school offer?

We aim to support children to achieve positive outcomes in relation to their ability. We teach a broad curriculum leading to external accreditation at GCSE level, where applicable. We enhance our curriculum with vocational qualifications such as functional skills in English and Maths, Entry Level Science, and AQA awards in Land-based studies and Food Technology. In addition to these enterprise-driven qualifications, Entry Level Employability Skills and City and Guilds Food and Hygiene awards are offered.

We have opportunities for pupils to experience all aspects of the Equestrian world, from hands on grooming to riding out on the Estate

We work in a supportive environment that enables pupils to express themselves appropriately through the acquisition of key social communication skills. We expect pupils to develop an awareness of and consideration of others. This is developed in peer cooperation, a nurture group ethos and respect for the views of their friends. Pupils are regularly elected to the School Council to help shape school planning and ideas. The school has two sensory rooms which benefits all children but especially those with specific sensory needs.

How is the school stuctured?

We have small bespoke groupings of 7 pupils plus a class teacher/tutor and at least one Progress Engagement Guide (PEG) per group. Pupils are placed in the group that ‘best fits’ their developmental stage and academic need.

Our small class group size, balanced with a high level of experienced support, creates a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to begin to close the gaps in their skills, knowledge and understanding. Our highly experienced PEGs offer support, guidance and assistance across the school day, including in class and break times. They also encourage independent learning and empower pupils to achieve their potential.

What is the school’s ethos?

We offer a safe and nurturing environment which enables pupils to achieve their potential. Our empathetic staff work closely with pupils to build trusting relationships which form the basis of everything we do. We acknowledge the uniqueness of each person and we identify individual strengths and needs, then differentiate the curriculum accordingly

We help our pupils develop their emotional resilience to cope with successes and disappointments. We also encourage them to become independent learners.

Supporting your child

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school?

We know that each child has individual qualities and skills gaps that may not have been recognised, our aim is to develop pupils’ skills and help them achieve positive outcomes. Before offering a place at the school we will hold an initial network meeting, this meeting is an opportunity to discuss strengths and skills gaps. We will also agree on an appropriate transition into the school. This transition will consider your preferences, how long a young person has been out of education, their SEN and any emotional barriers to learning that has contributed negatively to their educational attainment and experience to date.

All transitions into school are based on a therapeutic, child-led induction based on relationship building. Pupils are given an individual timetable which is reviewed weekly until they are fully engaged in school. The process of transitioning a new pupil into school usually takes a few weeks but can take longer depending on the needs and experiences of the young person. Additionally, we aim to match our pupils with peers with the same or similar interests and encourage peer mentoring where appropriate.

How will my child be supported?

A comprehensive assessment process is central to our work to ensure that appropriate targets and interventions are in place. We baseline academic, communication and emotional skills.

We will identify needs, set targets that will challenge and extend their knowledge and teach the necessary skills. We will also identify and implement appropriate strategies to help them achieve these targets.

Our highly experienced Pupil Engagement Guides (PEGs) offer support, guidance and assistance across the school day including in class and break times. They also encourage independent learning and empower young people.

We will spend time getting to know your young person. Pupils will be allocated a mentor who will get to know them, and support their learning.  PEG mentoring sessions offer an opportunity to review targets that have been set and discuss any issues and their progress.

How can I be involved in my young person’s education?

We aim to foster positive relationships with our parents and carers. We recognise that this relationship and collaborative working is crucial for achieving the best outcomes for our pupils. Along with Statutory meetings for looked after children, such as Personal Education Planning, Child in Care Reviews and EHCP reviews, we also invite parents and carers in for informal meetings where honest and open dialogue ensures that the young person feels supported and encouraged by all the professionals and adults working around them.

We welcome parents and carers as active participants in their child’s education and meet half termly to share positives, concerns and discuss future plans. We provide regular feedback to parents and carers including end of term reports. We will let you know how your young person is progressing through positive phone calls home and if we do have any concerns, we will share these with you.  You are very welcome to contact us at any time if you have any concerns, anything you feel we should know or positives to share.

We ask that you contact the school if you feel there is anything we need to know.

How will you keep my child safe?

ISP School has a high staff to pupil ratio which is reviewed regularly depending on the needs of the children. We have a dedicated SEN team and several Designated Safeguarding Leads.

All our staff are fully DBS checked and are trained in Safeguarding policy and procedure.

We listen to the young people who attend our school and recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

How will you manage my young person’s challenging behaviour?

We aim to develop positive relationships with pupils to help them express their feelings and manage their emotions in appropriate ways. We will work hard to understand what skills gaps your young person has and teach them skills to behave well. PEGs as mentors can also help pupils as necessary throughout their day. We use Class Dojo, an online behaviour management system intended to foster positive pupil behaviours and classroom culture.

Teachers build a positive classroom culture by encouraging pupils and communicating with parents. Parents and carers can see issues and positive behaviour and achievement points on a daily basis and use these to link with the school. All staff are trained in Protecting Rights in a Caring Environment (PRICE) which gives us an insight into why difficult behaviour occurs and how to approach them.

How will I know that the school continues to be the most appropriate provision for my young person?

The Annual EHCP review will ensure that your young person continues to attend the most appropriate provision. Should your child’s needs change between reviews, the school, carer/ parent may request an early review to discuss whether the school remains the most appropriate provision. This may then inform a managed transfer to an alternative specialist provision or in some cases a return to mainstream education.

Our staff

How qualified are your staff?

Our Qualified Teachers and Progress Engagement Guides make up the core of the team for the school, alongside this we will have an inspirational Head Teacher with vast experience within SEN, and a Deputy Head who will support the educational development of pupils as well as working alongside the Head to develop the school.

The on-site Speech and Language Department will assist the school in helping pupils with their day to day communication and cognition needs.

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The Director of Education for the Group, who has 30 years’ experience in education, 20 of those with vulnerable children with complex needs, takes an active role in overseeing the whole provision

Our Governing Body is both robust and active in keeping the school moving forward.

Monitoring and Quality Control

External

  • Ofsted
  • Health and Safety audits termly
  • Single Central Record audits termly
  • Governing body

Internal

  • Senior leadership meetings
  • Staff meetings
  • Regular training and updates

Headteacher

Caroline Belchem
ISP School, Glengorse Estate, Glengorse, Battle, TN33 0TX 
01795 523900

Director of Education

Toni Reedman
ISP School, Glengorse Estate, Glengorse, Battle, TN33 0TX 
01795 523900

Chair of Governors

Jacqui Ward
ISP School, Glengorse Estate, Glengorse, Battle, TN33 0TX

Proprietor

Jo August - Polaris Community CEO 
Tunstall Court, Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 1GL
01795 428097

Contact Us

ISP School, Glengorse Estate, Glengorse, Battle, TN33 0TX 01424 774096

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