Our pupils follow the National Curriculum, which has been specially adapted to meet their individual needs. All classes are multi-sensory, there is a lot of revision and consolidation of topics and each child’s learning style is taken into consideration. The school has a multidisciplinary approach to the children’s educational, emotional and physical needs. Working alongside the teachers and their assistants are speech and language therapists and an occupational therapist. Many of our staff have an additional qualification in specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
All the children who are accepted at Blossom House will have a speech, language and/or communication impairment. The very nature of their difficulties will inevitably impact on their ability to access the curriculum which means that its delivery will need to be differentiated in terms of pace, style and content. Our Literacy and Numeracy curricula enable the children to progress at their own pace to ensure that they can continue to lay down solid foundations. The children will continue to receive highly specialised support so that their ability to cope with the demands of the other areas of the school curriculum is increased. Each child has an Individual Education Plan which addresses their individual educational needs and requirements. Whilst providing a high level of individual and small group specialist support for the children, our aim is to help them develop the skills that are necessary to promote independent learning.
In the Upper House a range of examination and qualification options are provided. GCSEs, Entry Level Qualifications and key skills (Communication, Application of Number and ICT) cater for the range of abilities in KS4. Alongside this, the ASDAN programme provides the opportunity for pupils to develop their life skills through a certified and well-recognised qualification in the Bronze and Silver Awards. Vocational qualifications and practical courses will be on offer in a range of subjects including food technology, ICT, D&T and the arts. ICT and/or touch-typing lessons take place throughout the school and computer skills are encouraged as an integral part of the curriculum. Secondary pupils have use of personal laptops at school.