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

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

Website Update 23rd February 2024

Bicton College- Year 10 and 11 are thinking about what life looks like beyond Southbrook, and the number of visits to various colleges means that they will be able to make some informed choices as their time at school comes to an end. Due to this, the transition that Southbrook offers is stronger than it has been previously, with our pupils having a long time to consider their options and we now have very positive relationships with some of the colleges. In addition to this, we have joined Bicton College’s stakeholder group to ensure it meets the needs of our pupils as one of their biggest feeder schools. On Tuesday, Year 10 and some of year 11 had a wonderful day engaging in some of the things that Bicton had to offer. Our pupils were able to go to the working farm and meet some adorable calves, take part in some woodwork, see the tractors, take part in horticulture activities and do some dog training. It was a very full and positive day.

Catering- Many of the pupils enjoyed making their chicken noodle soup last week. It is always nice to hear about pupils whose first reaction is that they don’t like something, but with support, are able to try it and discover that they do like it after all. Trying new things and developing independence are skills that will stand them in good stead for the future.

Employability- Year 11 have been working on their latest enterprise project in order to promote group work as part of their WJEC unit. They have decided to raise money for Pink Ribbons cancer charity, chosen by year 11 pupils. They are currently working on letters to communicate about the project. Bracelets and ribbons are in production to sell. 

PP Outdoor Ed-  The group showed great resilience to combat hail and ferocious winds whilst out on Dartmoor this week. They also visited the Dartmoor prison Museum, listening well and learning about life on the Moor.

Donation- Anna Bruen has stepped in to support JP class and the work she has done in only one week has meant that there is a calm ad purposeful atmosphere with some very happy pupils. As well as this, Anna has reached out to Devon and Dorset Veteran Coffee Morning club. They have made a donation of £100 to forest school, which the school will match, as well as some army equipment and clothing. Thank you Anna and the Veterans club for supporting our forest school.  

Ten Tors Grant funding: I was really pleased to hear this week that we have successfully applied for a grant to buy our pupils kit to use in the Jubilee Challenge in April. The school has been awarded £570 to use to purchase more walking boots and some additional equipment that the pupils will use for their camp and subsequent walks at the Ten Tors event. Training walks for the year 10 and year 11 groups will start after next week.

New Governor and new Clerk to Governors: It is a great pleasure to welcome some new members to our Governance team. We have now been joined by Richard Betts, who comes with a wealth of experience. We have also been joined by Jacqueline Brooks in the role of Clerk to Governors. Jacqueline has been working in school last week, and is currently sharing a workspace with Matt Day.

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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