Sometimes pupils come to us who are unable yet to join either Nelson or Lionheart and so begin their journey at Beech Lodge in Meadow our Transition Hub on bespoke programmes in order for us to truly assess and establish what additional support may be required and to prepare them for inclusion into the main school.
Pupils in Meadow may have had profoundly negative experiences of school. They may have been bullied, have school phobia had long absences from school or been home-educated. Compounded by significant early life trauma and social & emotional difficulties, these children may not be ready to integrate into the busy flow of established classes and need gentle re-introduction into the school environment with care, empathy and understanding.
For some pupils this may be a short transition, maybe a half- term, for others much longer e.g. 4 terms as in a traditional nurture group. Pupils transition in and out throughout the year, meaning that we are all working to the pupils’ readiness to transition, rather than at the beginning of a specific school year or term. This child-centred approach is better for the child to avoid additional stress and anxiety and ensures they are included into the main school without disrupting established classes enabling more positive relationships with their peers and staff.
Meadow operates with a Key Stage 2 base and a Key Stage 3 base. (Years 3-6 and Years 7-10). There are approximately 4 pupils in each base at any one time and have high levels of support often working individually with teachers, pastoral staff and TA’s. Pupils have access to Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language therapy. They may also require more specialised therapy for anxiety, attachment and trauma related difficulties including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, DDP and Compassion Focused Therapy.