Greenside School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Shephall Green
2 - 19
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Greenside School educates pupils with severe learning difficulties (SLD) or profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). Some have additional needs such as speech, language and communication difficulties and complex medical, physical and sensory needs. An increasing proportion of pupils, currently about a tenth, have autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). There are three specialist classes for pupils with ASD and two specialist classes for pupils with PMLD, as well as complex medical needs. The school is organised into two departments: the primary department (ages 2 to 11 years and including the Early Years Foundation Stage) and the secondary department (ages 11 to 19 years and including the sixth form). Numbers vary in each year group. Currently, boys outnumber girls by three to one. The great majority of pupils are of White British backgrounds, with a few from a range of ethnic minority backgrounds. A very few are from families where English is not the home language. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children in local authority care and children from service families, is average. Currently, there are no children from service families and very few in local authority care. Originally designed for 60 pupils, there has been no significant increase in space since the school opened. However, building works are now underway to enable the school’s 14 to 19 year old students to join with a neighbouring mainstream secondary school in January 2014. In December, 2012, the school opened the Greenside Studio in a nearby shopping centre. This is a sweet shop and ceramics studio with an attached kitchen, which is also used as a teaching base for older students to develop their independence. The school uses a number of external organisations to provide extra learning for Key Stage 4 and sixth form students. These include North Hertfordshire College, Ardley Farm and the Ridgemond Training Centre. A new Chair of the Governing Body was elected in October, 2012. Among its many awards the school has recently achieved Gold Artsmark and Green Flag EcoSchool awards.

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