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Admission Arrangements for Fern House School To Extend Provision -Academic Year 2021 / 2022 

What are we proposing? 

Fern House School is a SEMH Special School and part of the Enfield Learning Trust. Currently, Fern House meets the educational needs of pupils in KS2, KS3 and KS4 (age range 7-16 years). The following proposal considers the expansion of this provision at Fern House School to include pupils who are age appropriate to attend Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The provision would be expanded to include an additional 16 places in total to meet the needs of the local community.

The school currently has 48 pupils and is temporarily sited on the grounds of Chesterfield Primary School, while a new purpose-built school is being built, with the planned completion date of June 2022. The new school is currently being considered as a school for primary age pupils.

Fern House School would like to utilise existing space available on the Chesterfield site (this will become available from September 2021) to create a bespoke provision for Key Stage 1 pupils and Early Years pupils. 

Why are we consulting? 

Academies are their own admission authority and must meet all mandatory provisions of the School Admission Codes except where variations have been written into their funding agreement to support fair access. 

We consult on our admission arrangements to ensure transparency and openness on the contents of our arrangements and to allow parents, carers and other stakeholders who might not previously been interested in admission arrangements (perhaps because they didn’t have a child of school age) to make a representation that can then be considered as part of the determination of the arrangements. 

Key aspects for consideration

The proposal is considered to have the following educational benefits:

  • Pupils would join the Fern House roll but with the ambition that reintegration to mainstream/consideration for alternative special provision to meet their needs would be considered regularly.  
  • Pupils would benefit from the attachment-aware, trauma informed approach. This would be adapted to meet the needs of younger pupils.  This approach would also incorporate the 6 nurturing principles and be run as a hybrid of traditional nurture and strong SEMH practice. Boxall profiles would form part of the assessment.
  • Early intervention and high-quality SEMH support for pupils and families locally.  This would then lead to a reduction in pupil behaviour and support to prevent an escalation of unmet needs for younger pupils, while they wait for more appropriate school places.
  • Parents would receive high quality support to help their child and form effective relationships within their families and with education.
  • Fern House School would have a growing roll which would support the transition to the primary setting in 2022.
  • Enfield Local Authority would have a local provision for young pupils with SEMH needs, rather than having to look outside the local area.

What are the potential disadvantages of this proposal?

  • Staff would need to be carefully recruited and trained in time for opening in September 2021; EYFS experience will be desirable.
  • Therapeutic work and multi-agency work will need to be carefully planned and considered to meet the needs of the pupils.
  • Funding for special school places will need to be agreed with possible additional ratios needed for younger pupils.

Who are we consulting with? 

During this statutory consultation we want to consult with as many stakeholders as possible. This includes 

  • Each LA which maintains an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or statement of SEN in respect of a child attending the school
  • Parents of children who attend the school
  • Parents in the area
  • Local schools and colleges in the area

Timetable for the Consultation Period 

Consultation period

We are consulting on this proposal for four weeks, starting on 11.02.21 to 11.03.21. 

What happens next? 

Following the end of the consultation, the Board of Trustees will consider the results of the consultation and make a final decision on the proposed admission arrangements for 2021/22. 

When would the changes come into effect? 

If approved, the arrangements would be introduced for September 2021 entry onwards. 

Have your say 

Please let us know your thoughts by 11.03.21 either by: 

  • Email - contactus@enfieldlearningtrust.org 
  • Post - Consultation for Admission Arrangements, Enfield Learning Trust, Hazelbury Primary School, Haselbury Road, London N9 9TT

 

Enfield Learning Trust is growing

Enfield Learning Trust is well on its way to being something rather exceptional.  We are a family of schools that are dedicated to providing an education that paves the way for our young people to go on to lead unique and happy lives.

We are delighted to be growing our family of schools and Grasvenor Avenue Infant School in Barnet is joining us in the near future so that we can work together to deliver our vision to improve the life chances of all our pupils. 

We are very pleased that our initial conversations with Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Trust (GAIST) have been positive about the benefits of, not only belonging to a strong and sustainable trust like ELT, but the very unique benefits that being part of a fully inclusive trust can offer.

Both ELT and GAIST trustees have recently passed resolutions to proceed with these discussions and the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) has agreed in principle that this is indeed a good decision by both trusts.

We know that GAIST joining ELT will make us stronger and enhance our family of schools to be even more special and remarkable. Our commitment to our core value of ‘Be Included, Be Connected’ has not wavered over time and ELT is proud of how it is transforming the lives of children and young people.

 

Enfield Learning Trust Be Connected

3,200 Chromebooks secure trust-wide roll out of home learning

As one of the largest academy trusts in Enfield which prides itself on its inclusive ethos, the Enfield Learning Trust has taken the decision to invest approximately £3/4 million to purchase over 3,200 additional Chromebooks and data devices so that every child in the trust from Year 1 and upwards is able to access our programme of digital learning throughout the current period of school closures.

ELT has been pioneering digital learning techniques for many years and prides itself on being a tech-savvy education trust.

The use of digital technology to support teaching and learning has always been a strong feature of ELT. This has been given renewed emphasis by the recent lockdown and the need to enable continuity of the curriculum at home through remote teaching and learning.

The Enfield Learning Trust is already a user of the Google suite of digital learning tools in the state education sector, and has set up Google Classroom for pupils across its schools.

Lifelong learning

In order to succeed in this ever-changing landscape, ELT believes that its pupils are going to have to learn new skills later in their life. They’ll have to stay relevant to the world around them and therefore will probably have to reinvent themselves over and over again. This will mean that in addition to offering our pupils a broad curriculum and how to use tools that are useful now, we should help pupils know how to learn and understand new tools themselves – a skill that will endure. In order to do this, we will need to continue to create within them a love of learning. Pupils will need to want to learn independently in order to succeed in a job market which requires lifelong learning.

To achieve this, we will need to make learning challenging, interesting, rewarding and fun for our pupils. In turn pupils will take more control of their own learning in their own time. There are many tools available to help us create this type of learning environment - 1:1 devices will be pivotal in enabling this journey. We will also look at using collaboration tools through e-boards and apps, e-learning – including gamification of e-learning, virtual, augmented and mixed realities – all of these will help us transform learning into something that’s exciting and that our pupils actually want to do.

Be included ... be connected

Training

Training has been available for all staff on how to use Google tools so that learning can continue. Schools have created days of live streaming lessons for pupils. As well as providing access to high quality teaching and learning resources online for various year groups.

ELT Strategy

ELT will continue with its strategy to work hard to up skill the next generation with core knowledge to ensure that all our pupils are properly prepared for the challenges they’ll face in the 21st century. Our educational strategy for ICT also built around closing the skills gap in computer science and offering equality of access through digital learning opportunities to all our pupils in the Trust.

We know that you can have the best digital learning strategy in the world, the best content, and brilliantly trained teachers to deliver it, but if pupils can’t access it at home, then they will learn nothing. Being included goes right to the heart of who we are at ELT, and so we want to make sure that all our pupils can access home learning.

We are proud to be included and to be connected.