Newbury Manor School is fully approved by the DCSF as a specialist residential school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) with moderate to severe learning difficulties and associated complex needs and has recently achieved the Investors in People Award.
The curriculum is tailored to individual needs so that delivery styles, content and priorities meet their needs. The curriculum accessed by each student contains elements of the National Curriculum that are personalised and adapted to the pace, progression and specific needs of the young person as indicated in their Statement of Educational Need.
Newbury Manor School provides residential care through its range of living units in which we aim to provide students with the highest standards of care in a safe, predictable and stimulating environment. All students are allocated a pastoral tutor, whose primary task is to ensure the happiness and well being of individuals in their care. Pastoral tutors assist the class teacher and consultant psychologist through drawing up an individual education plan (IEP) which highlights strengths and weaknesses, and sets realistic targets. This is done by focusing on the areas of need as identified in student’s statements and reviews.
Newbury Manor School is aware of the difficulties that students can experience when away from home and tries to ensure that the environment is warm, secure and understanding. There is a large care staff team that, with tutors, endeavours to maintain links with home and share in keeping families up to date and involved in what happens at school. We aim to understand the individual needs of our students and ensure that leisure time is enjoyable, offering every student opportunities to develop new skills and face new challenges.
Accommodation and Facilities
Newbury Manor School is set in five acres of beautiful Somerset countryside. The main building, a grade II listed Queen Anne house accommodates all the residential units, kitchen and dining room and administrative offices. The majority of the educational facilities are located within the grounds. Bath is only 12 miles away and we are 80 minutes by train from London Paddington.
Accommodation is mainly through single room accomodation. All students have access to a lounge area for TV and video/DVD as well as facilities for making drinks and snacks. We have three separate living areas and an independent unit within the school, together with purpose built accommodation in Stoke St.Michael and Shepton Mallett.
Newbury Manor School has a range of specialist facilities. We have a sensory room, where students can work on their visual, tactile and auditory stimulation. We also have a sensory integration room, with suspended equipment. The newest addition to our therapeutic facilities is an independent living flat, which allows 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.
Life development plans
Our experienced staff are specifically trained to provide a range of succesful interventions and support strategies which can include:
- Intensive, personalised educational support and activity support
- Intensive therapeutic and sensory diets
- PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System
- TEACCH - Treatment and education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children
- Individually differentiated educational and social timetables
- Access to sensory integration programmes
Newbury Manor School Policies
Newbury Manor School's Special Educational Needs Policy references the CDSF document Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of Special Educational Needs.
The School has a range of polices and local procedures regarding the welfare of students which are available on request:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Local Safeguarding Procedure
- Anti Bullying Policy
- Behaviour Management Policy
- Exclusions Policy
- Assessment Procedure
- Complaints Policy with summary of complaints ( 2011 / 2012 )
- Curriculum Policy
- Equality and Diversity
- English as an Additional Language
- Health and Safety Procedures
- Statement of Purpose
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. Care, education and therapy teams are integrated and work as a cohesive whole. We offer a range of opportunities that allow our young people to develop their interests, aspirations, social and emotional resilience, communication skills, self esteem and wellbeing.
- Individual care pathways tailored to individual needs
- Behavioural therapy
- Child and adolescent psychiatry and psychological support where needed
- Access to specialist literacy support
- Access to speech and language therapy and occupational therapy
- Access to educational psychology
We have developed and maintain very close working relationships with a range of local healthcare providers, including specialist CAMHS teams and work together to meet the needs of our students. We work closely with social care services to offer a range of packages to meet the needs of young people and their families / carers.
Newbury Manor School Quality and Regulation
Priory Education Services has a system for auditing the services provided against the regulations detailed by Ofsted Care and Education Inspection Standards and National Minimum Standards where appropriate. These are implemented at individual school level by managers and staff as part of the day to day life and work of the school and include expectations, systems, policy and procedures. Each school is audited for the quality of its provision and outcomes for the young people in its care by Priory's Regional Managers and by the School Improvement Partners who visit every term. The 'Every Child Matters' (ECM) agenda is at the heart of everything we do.