Critchill School is an establishment which provides education for approximately 66 pupils from the age of 4 to 19 years, who are primarily drawn from the Mendip area. All of our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan and we have a very wide range of ages and abilities within our pupil population. We are pleased to announce that on the 1st June 2019 we joined the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership Trust.
At Critchill School each pupil’s needs are carefully and individually evaluated, so that within the context of our well-developed and expanding curriculum, all of our pupils can aspire to reach exceptional standards. Our curriculum is ‘profoundly personalised’ and at all points in a young person’s education we are carefully ensuring that the curriculum pathway which we provide, will support them to make the next steps in their journey towards adulthood.
We believe that pupils should enjoy school and have fun whilst they learn. Our staff are committed to work as a team to provide the opportunity for a specialist education which “addresses each pupil’s needs at their point of learning”. This enables all of our young people to develop a full range of academic, functional, personal and independences kills.
The school is situated on the outskirts of Frome within ‘green’ and spacious grounds. We have specialist resource areas including a sensory room, soft play room, a dedicated Creative Technology Room and a Food Technology Room. We have also invested in particular resources to support the needs of our young people and enrich our curriculum offer such as Eye Gaze and Rebound therapy. As part of a community engagement programme, we have an on-site Cycle Workshop and a mobile catering van. Much of our learning takes place within the community as we know that applying skills and knowledge within the context of the real world allows for a deeper level of understanding and mastery.
High standards are expected from pupils and staff at Critchill School. Our ‘Working Futures’ programme offers our young people a range of work placements as well as opportunities to consider possible careers with the support of our trained staff. We have begun this year to offer supported internships and this route into employment is very much at the heart of our whole school curriculum as well as our P16 curriculum pathways. Our vision is for our young people to gain the foundations that they need for a lifetime of meaningful paid employment
We are keen to work with parents, carers, other stakeholders and professionals to ensure continuity of approach and excellent outcomes for all of our students. We are committed to working in collaboration with colleagues across the trust, within our local community and further afield. To this end we lead the Mendip SENCo Network and have an Inclusion Teaching Assistant who works with mainstream schools to offer support and advice to staff in order to support young people with EHCPs who are based in mainstream provision.