Our mission statement
‘To deliver specialist educational, vocational, therapeutic and care services for young people who have needs that are associated with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum, and who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and associated complex needs.
Together we seek to inspire, enable, develop and support young people to achieve their full potential on their lifelong learning journey.’
- Ensure that each young person is safe and feels safe
- Have a positive and transformational impact on the lives of each young person and their families
- Bring an end to the ‘cycle of failure’ that many of our young people have experienced prior to attending our school; ensuring they experience our ‘culture of success’
- Work in partnership with each child and young person, their families and / or carers and their wider multi professional team to create a consistent package of education, care and support
- Offer a high level of flexibility so that each package is bespoke and meets individual need
- Offer specialist teaching, care and therapeutic services within a fully integrated and multi-disciplinary staff team that leads to excellent outcomes for all
- To provide the specialist resources and interventions that each young person requires to be successful
- Prepare each of our students for a rewarding and fulfilling adult life; working on the factors that could limit their progress towards meeting this aim
- To support our young people to recognise the broad range of beliefs and differences within our society within a spiritual, social, cultural and moral context; always with a view of supporting the development of fundamental British values
- To provide opportunities for young people in our care to make informed choices which enhance the quality of their lives
- To work collaboratively with parents / carers / advocates and placing authorities to ensure that the highest standard of service is provided at all times.
We take pride in the environment we are able to offer. The school is located in a beautiful, quiet, rural location in Somerset in a Georgian manor house, which has a range of outbuildings and extensive grounds.
All the educational facilities are located within the grounds. There is a newly constructed classroom block with an Occupational Therapy room, cookery room and classrooms. All rooms are fully equipped with access to IT equipment.
Newbury Manor School has a range of specialist facilities including a sensory room, where students can work on their visual, tactile and auditory stimulation. We also have a sensory integration room, with suspended equipment. We have spaces which allow our students to develop their independent life skills in a simulated home environment within the safety of the school, before embedding these skills in the real world.
Our young people have access to a wide range of educational activities and experiences outside of the classroom. Our extensive grounds give opportunities to develop skills in horticulture, animal care and forest school activities. Away from our site, we have a range of partnerships in the community which allow our students to access activities such as horse riding, swimming, work experience and a range of outdoor pursuits.
We are proud to offer a range of on-site therapy for both the school and children’s home. Our highly experienced therapy team includes a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Counsellor / Play Therapist and Educational Psychologist.
We are proud to offer high quality, bespoke curriculum packages that meet individual requirements. When a new student starts at Newbury Manor, a brand new package is built around and with them, as we do not assume that they will fit into what already exists. Highly specialised teachers, therapists and support staff work together closely to create a seamless, integrated approach.
As part of the process of forming these packages, we take care to look at the whole child and ensure that we consider any factors that could limit or prevent access to our ultimate lifelong goal - a happy and fulfilling adult life.
We endeavour to ensure that progress is made in all areas. For our students to prepare for their adult lives, they must develop the skills that could be obstacles to their success. For example, if our learners wish to access further education or employment, they will need to make academic progress and develop the broader skills to successfully access that new environment.
Our curriculum model has three stages, represented by the steps our learners make on their lifelong learning journeys: Transition Curriculum, Developing Skills and Accredited Learning.
As part of the curriculum, Newbury Manor School has developed a behaviour management culture based on meeting individual needs in a focussed way. In every case, students demonstrate improved behaviour compared to their previous placements. Newbury Manor has not excluded any pupils over the past two years, pupil attendance is high, and parents report to senior leaders that their children are now eager to come to school and learn.
Following a significant investment, phase one of our residential facility has now re-opened. We have five large single occupancy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, which have been refurbished to a very high standard. Each room can be personalised to reflect individual personality and preference. We also have a communal lounge and dining room, where our young people can relax, socialise and interact.
Phase two is currently underway, with the refurbishment of a further three bedrooms, bringing the total number of rooms to eight.
We are aware of the difficulties young people can experience when away from home, so we ensure the environment is warm, secure, understanding and positive. There is an experienced care team who maintain links with home, keeping families up to date and involved in what happens with the students we support.
Staff will also support young people in maintaining any existing recreational, sporting and cultural activities they enjoy. Local activities available include horse riding, abseiling, rock climbing, swimming, football, cooking, bowling, snooker, trips to the cinema, computer game events and craft evenings, as well as access to local youth groups. Young people will be encouraged to access these activities as a means to develop their social, emotional and communication skills.
Sixth form provision
Attending Newbury Manor School’s sixth form marks a very significant step for many of our students, who are re-entering a mainstream learning environment for the first time in many years, often with very significant levels of anxiety.
Developing independent learning skills is a strength of our sixth form provision. In 2013/14, one student from three was able to access his college course and associated work experience placement independently, following a school career where he required significant and sustained support.
We have developed strong relationships with our partner colleges and ensure that the quality is good or better through careful monitoring and intervention. We focus on the standard of teaching and safeguarding. This means that senior leaders have an accurate view of the progress each individual is making.
Strode College, our main partner in providing provision to our sixth form, gained an outstanding judgement from Ofsted in September 2014.