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Welcome to our weekly bulletin. Here you will find snippets of information about what is going on at Southbrook.

Weekly Bulletin 1st December 2023

Here are the latest snippets to keep you informed of what has happened last week.

With the expansion of outdoor education, and the increase in the number of trips as well as travel training and college visits, it is a great that there are opportunities for our pupils to be part of the wider community and know that they have an important role to play beyond Southbrook. Last week saw a number of excursions that have contributed towards ensuring that our pupils learn key social skills and feel valued as they do so.

Boccia tournament: The sporting visits have continued, this time with a group from AW class taking part in a Boccia tournament. Our pupils came 3rd out of 14 schools and have made it through to county finals. They all received a bronze medal for their efforts. It is lovely that they are achieving so well but also that they are engaging with the wider community of schools through the medium of sport.

Northbrook Devon Wildlife trust- Last week, the year 11 horticulture group went to Northbrook to help with bulb planting and to contribute to their local community. The students were really sensible, showed a good level of interest in the work being done to the park and worked hard at helping to plant the bulbs around and between the trees.

Champions for Change: Three of our young people represented the school wonderfully as part of our first Champions for Change meeting. They were able to contribute ideas towards some important issues, and when talking about their own experiences of school, one pupil commented that ‘this school has changed my life.’


FGB last week: The governors met for this half-term’s FGB meeting last week. During the meeting, we discussed the progress made during the last term with regard to the School Development Plan, received a finance update and discussed key information about pupils and their provision. It was a full and interesting meeting, where key policies were ratified and made ready for placing on the website. Key data was also discussed, as well as the county and national context we are all working in. The governors also heard about our THRIVE programme and will be joining staff training on 2nd January as this is represents a significant development for the school.



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Southbrook is a special school for pupils aged 11 to 16, with varied complex needs and abilities including moderate or severe learning difficulties and autism. Our pupils may also have speech, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairments and/or physical disabilities. All of our pupils have Education Health Care Plans. We are a Local Authority Maintained School with Foundation Trust status, and, along with 9 other special schools in Devon, are a member of SENtient Trust.

We are rapidly developing and aim for continued improvement to ensure that everyone makes the best possible progress. Our mission is to deliver a personalised curriculum that promotes independence, resilience and gives every pupil the skills they need for future success and development. As such we have developed the following purpose statements to guide the work we do:

The purpose of Southbrook School:

To provide a broad and specialised curriculum designed to build independence and resilience, and prepare every pupil for the next stage of their education and their lives.

To provide a safe and nurturing environment in which pupils can experience success, gain key knowledge and develop an understanding of their communities.

We pride ourselves on having a child-centred ethos and we are dedicated to ensuring that, through our exciting curriculum and excellent use of resources, every child has the opportunity to be the very best they can be!

At all times, we seek to:

  • Respect all
  • Always try hard
  • Make safe and healthy choices
  • Enjoy life

Simon Winward - Head Teacher