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Outdoor learning in a supportive and inspirational environment at Silverwood School.
Alternative provision packages to engage, prepare and progress vulnerable students and those with SEN in a nurturing, rural, outdoor environment.
At our considerable outdoor provision, forest school and mini farm we strive for students to develop successfully beyond the classroom to develop life skills, enable transition to their next steps or prepare for adulthood. This is achieved through classical forest school learning, animal care, team building, traditional crafts, leadership and sport.
Our fully trained staff are experienced in gleaning the best for students of all needs profiles and would look forward to welcoming you.
All Plus Programme courses allow the students to access the amazing opportunities the outdoor learning environment at Rowde Campus offers and to thrive, learn and reconnect with nature.
Our rurally situated Rowde campus of 20 acres has a fully developed woodland learning environment, bespoke classroom facilities including a teaching yurt and a purpose build outdoor learning centre, plus access to many of the main school facilities.
Our school farm has a number of traditional agricultural livestock animals as well as smaller domestic animals to be worked with as part of the animal care aspects of the course.
We also have a fully equipped walled kitchen garden dating from the 1800s encompassing a Victorian greenhouse which provides the opportunity for developing horticultural experience as part of the program.
We offer three pathways for students depending their needs and key stage.
KS3/ KS4 provision
At secondary level we can cater for KS3 students offering pathways that include the John Muir Award and our own Tree Awards. These providing transitionary qualifications into either our KS4 provision or that of another provider.
Our KS4 qualification pathway offers the chance of achieving the WJEC Level 3 In Preparing for Work and / or the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award in addition to providing the transitionary and life skills for preparation for adulthood and success within the community.
We also offer a primary pathway centred upon social and life skills in our forest school provision in addition to being a successful transition into our further offers.
As a bespoke alternative provision we are fully experienced in package costing related to different funding streams per student and would be more than happy to discuss fees or build costings for you.
We can also potentially offer a bespoke satellite provision with mobile facilities that can travel to a school campus or facilities in the local area to reduce travel costs for providers. Please contact us for more details.
Contact: Silverwood School, Rowde.
Tel: 01380 850309
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September 2021 - August 2026
At a meeting of Cabinet on 19th November 2019 a decision was made to approve the establishment of a new maintained special school with a single leadership team for the existing St Nicholas, Rowdeford and Larkrise schools. Approval was also given to a £33 million capital investment which would lead to an expansion on the Rowde site to accommodate up to four hundred pupils.
In September 2020, these three special schools came together and opened their doors as one school: Silverwood.
Silverwood School sits at the very heart of Wiltshire’s System of Excellence, delivering a high quality outreach service across the county to ensure that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have access to a first class education.
I am delighted to present the first Silverwood Five Year Strategic Plan, outlining the framework and direction for our school from September 2021 to July 2026, building on the vision, mission and values which are central to all our work. This Strategic Plan outlines our ambitions, aspirant aims and goals for Silverwood over the next five years.
Silverwood’s Five Year Strategic Plan is complemented by the School Development and Improvement Plan (SDIP), a shorter term operational plan extending over a period of one to two years. The SDIP is developed by the Executive Team and sets out in operational terms how the long-term strategy of the school is to be achieved.
Our Vision: ‘Building Community, Inspiring Learning’
We will enhance opportunities, enjoyment, and outcomes for Silverwood pupils by:
Our vision is supported through our deeply held school values:
Silverwood 5 Year Strategic Objective
Strategic Objective 5: Finance and Resources
To maintain and improve a financially viable, sustainable, and ethically driven school
Some of the services most used in our schools are detailed below.
The Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy service supports pupils to participate as fully as possible in everyday activities where emotional, psychological or physical difficulties might hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play, helping pupils to get the most from life. Occupational Therapy helps pupils with various needs to help improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
We also welcome support from the Learning Disability nurses team who work to provide specialist healthcare and support to pupils with a learning disability, as well as their families and staff teams, to help them live a fulfilling life.
Physiotherapy is important for many of our pupils to maintain functional ability, and the programmes designed by the therapist are then delivered in school. Where possible, exercises and programmes are integrated into the daily activities of the school, but where needed, we have allocated physiotherapy rooms which are used for the more intensive programmes
Speech and Language
Speech and Language therapists provide support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. The therapists create programmes of support which are then worked upon in school.
For more information about Virgin Care, and the services on offer please have a look at their website. Parents and Carers are able to refer to any of their services, and this is also something the site SENCO’s can help with.
Support from Wiltshire Council
There are a number of Teams within the Local Authority who provide excellent support and advice for pupils, their parents and carers and the school staff team.
These teams include:
We work closely with the team of Advisory Teachers from the SIPMS teams (Sensory Impairment, Physical and Medical Team (SIPMS) at Wiltshire County Council) who work with the school to ensure that we are incredibly well supported to provide the best care for our pupils. Sensory Impairment, Physical and Medical Service offer:
SIPMS encompasses three teams providing support for children with hearing impairment, visual impairment and physical or medical needs.
For Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment queries they accept referrals from health where children meet the referral criteria. These are primarily pupils with significant long term or permanent diagnosed disability. The physical and medical team provides support where there is a significant need impacting on education, and referrals are made by health or via a DART. At the current time, in almost all instances, schools will know if one of their pupils has had or is currently receiving support from our service.
Transition support is particularly important. There are transition support packages for pupils which can be a valuable link at all phase transfers.
Here are a few members of the SIPMS team
Qualified Habilitation Specialist working within Wiltshire Vision Support Team.
I support and train Children and Young People with Vision Impairment in any aspect or activity of day to day life that may be tricky due to Vision Impairment, to help them to acquire new skills to enable maximum levels of independence. This work may take the form of working on Orientation and Mobility, transport training, Long cane work, Independent living skills such as cooking, dressing and personal care and training those who work with the Child/Young person in supporting these skills.
We are advisory teachers for vision Impairment and are part of the Sensory Impairment Physical and medical service (SIPMS) within SEND.
We offer support to all Silverwood sites which includes:
Advice on visual access to all areas of learning in school for teachers and staff working with pupils.
We observe and work with pupils in class to get a better understanding of their visual needs.
We test functional vision of pupils which may be done through observation or through more formal acuity tests (if appropriate).
Provide training on vision impairment on a range of eye conditions and useful strategies for in class support.
Advise on the use of assistive technology and iPads for learners. We have provided iPad training for pupils at Rowde campus in the last year.
We write reports for EHC Plans, functional vision reports and annual review reports for pupils and help SEND workers with outcomes.
Link with a range of other professionals that will be working with your child.
Advisory Teacher of the Deaf within the Sensory Impairment, Physical and Medical Team (SIPMS) at Wiltshire County Council
I visit children and young people with a permanent or long-standing hearing loss who are likely to wear hearing aids. The purpose of these visits are to ensure that students are able to hear their teachers and peers as best they can in order to access school life and achieve their potential. Visits may include monitoring of the students’ hearing loss, assessing their language levels, promoting independence with regard the care and maintenance of the hearing technology and written advice to staff/parents/carers that will support the above.
The Wiltshire Educational Psychology Service is made up of a team of psychologists who have specialised in the application of psychology in educational settings. At Silverwood School we have two therapists who work closely with us, Jude Liberman and Natasha Krause.
All the professionals who work on this team have a qualification in educational psychology at Masters or Doctorate level. Through their training and experience in psychology and education, the educational psychologists work with school staff to improve pupil outcomes through joint problem solving, identification of suitable strategies and targeted interventions. They also help us to identify and clarify the needs and appropriate provision of pupils whose learning, behaviour, emotional well-being or welfare is of concern. The approach taken is always solution focused, and joint working with parents and carers is at the heart of their work.
We are able to alternative therapies too, and this is something we are looking at continuing to develop across Silverwood School.
Dance and Movement Therapy
As a disabled dance teacher/ performer and a registered dance therapist, I am a strong advocate of improving wellbeing and a sense of ourselves through the body. Dance is a powerful way to learn social and emotional interaction with others. I work with developmental movement patterns to encourage optimum functioning of the whole person. I am a person-centred practitioner and the work I do is play based and client led, the non-verbal nature of my work allows all children even those with very complex needs to engage and enjoy themselves during sessions. I have been told that support staff particularly enjoy the opportunity in my sessions to relax and enjoy intensive interactions with the children.
I offer 1:1 and group sessions at Silverwood School Trowbridge and Chippenham sites.
SoundEmotive Music Therapy
Arts therapies are used to facilitate individuals or groups to use the Arts, such as Music, Art, Dance and Drama to help manage their well-being.
Somethings are just too difficult to talk about or we don’t know where to start, so we can use expressive therapies to help us manage and communicate about our feelings.
Sessions take place weekly, during the session you may wish to play a variety of the wonderful instruments on offer, you may prefer to draw, write or talk about how you feel, and we can use the arts to help illustrate those feelings, or you may even wish just to relax whilst the therapist plays music to you.
I have been working on the Rowde Campus for many years, and helped pupils to grow in confidence and learn strategies to cope with difficult situations. I rely on good communication with the home and school setting, and advocate for the pupils I work with.
Music Therapy - The Rhythm Practice
I run individual and group sessions for pupils and have been based at the Trowbridge site in recent years.
As a singer-songwriter myself, I have a strong passion in the creative and therapeutic power of song-writing and often incorporate this into my work.
I also use a lot of improvisation and free-play during my sessions to help youngsters communicate, express themselves and build self-confidence.
I create bespoke therapeutic music videos for use by the school and parents and look forward to integrating my work across the various school sites as the school develops in the future.
Silverwood School is continuing to respond to the ongoing developments with the Covid19 outbreak. During this time, our first priority is the health and welfare of our pupils, staff and visitors.
Below are some links which provide detailed information on how we are responding to this situation and how Parents & Carers can respond effectively.
We are guided by the latest Government advice and are always working closely with the Local Authority.
Please see below for details of the school's risk assessment that is in place during the Covid 19 pandemic and other related documentation
At Silverwood we know that regular attendance is directly linked to good outcomes and develops skills for life and work. Please support the school in this by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time.
Being 20 minutes late every day means you miss 100 minutes of learning every week. Multiply this by 39 weeks a year = 3900 minutes missed a year. Basically, this is 65 hours missed a year!
National pupil attendance is around 96%. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 177 out of 190 days to meet national expectations.
Understanding types of absence
Every ½ day absence from school, by law, must be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. Therefore, information about the cause of absence is always asked for.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason such as illness, medical appointments and emergencies.
An absence is classified as unauthorised, if the reason was not recognised as acceptable by the school. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as what is acceptable and what is not.
Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:
Promoting Attendance and Support
We believe that working together with parents and carers is the best way to result in positive attendance outcomes for our pupils.
Our Head of Learning and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Terri Chard TerriChard@silverwood.wilts.sch.uk , is happy to work with both pupils and families to improve attendance and punctuality. Come and talk to any member of the Senior Leadership Team if you are having any problems and we will be able to find a flexible solution.
We understand that some children will face additional barriers to accessing education, but attendance and punctuality is still very important to us, we cannot be complacent where there are instances of unacceptable, low pupil attendance, or if pupils are regularly late to school.
Wiltshire Council is keen that we adopt measures and involve external agencies if the level of attendance requires us to do so. We understand that the complex needs for some of our pupils may require a degree of medical intervention. However, we know that being in the school environment is essential for all our pupils, therefore we have high expectations of attendance and parents/carers will be contacted if their child’s attendance falls below 95%.
Outdoor Learning is an important part of the broad and balanced curriculum at Silverwood School. We see the importance of encouraging our pupils to interact with the world around them and develop their ability to manage risks in a safe environment.
Through Outdoor Learning, we work to develop the pupil’s tolerance and respect for each other and their environment as well as developing self-esteem and instilling our positive values.
Pupils take part in a wide range of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) activities as part of their normal lessons but also have a dedicated LOtC curriculum. Our Tree Awards have developed as a progressive curriculum that runs throughout KS3 at the Rowde campus. Pupils take part in a range of activities including bushcraft skills, gardening and caring for our farm animals to gain their awards.
At KS4 some of our pupils complete a WJEC Preparing for work qualification in Land based studies including Horticulture and Animal care. Pupils also have the option to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award while at the school which includes Volunteering with woodland management on site, developing their expedition skills and completing their Expedition sections.
By supporting our staff through training and development to enhance their skills we are able to provide an award winning program of Outdoor Learning that meets the individual needs of all pupils.
The facilities at Silverwood School provide an inspiring learning environment and include a 20 acre campus with woodlands, a Victorian walled garden, a farm animal area and a purpose built Outdoor Learning centre. Our sixth form college has a well-developed sensory garden, including water feature, a poly tunnel and an outdoor café area for pupils to run.
The opportunities for LOtC aslo include visits into the local communities to help our students find their place in the community and develop essential life skills.
You may be aware that the government allocates additional funding to schools in the form of the Pupil Premium. There are various circumstances which can attract Pupil Premium funding, including children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). For full details please get in touch.
Sarah Gunner: Co-opted Governor
Jan Winfield: Co-opted Governor
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Ex Officio Governor: Sean McKeown
Instrument of Government
2. The school is a community special school
3. The name of the governing body is "The governing body of Silverwood School"
4. The governing body shall consist of:
- Three parent governors
- One LA governor
- One staff governor
- One executive headteacher
- Six co-opted governors
5. Total number of governors is Twelve
6. The term of office of co-opted governors is one year in the first instance, increasing to four years thereafter
7. This instrument of government came into effect on 1st September 2020 and was revised on 18th November 2020
8. This instrument was made by order of Wiltshire Council on 23rd November 2020
A copy of the consolidated instrument must be supplied free of charge to every member and associate member of the governing body
We will enhance opportunities, enjoyment and outcomes for Silverwood pupils by..
Welcome to Silverwood School
Silverwood School is a new maintained co-educational special school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years. We formed in September of 2020 with campuses in Rowde, Trowbridge and Chippenham: former schools of Rowdeford School, Larkrise School and St Nicholas School.
We have an ambitious vison to create a truly integrated and inclusive system of outstanding education for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council have invested £33 million into our new build at one site, to create a state-of-the-art centre for SEND education, health, care and training across 4-19, with a predominant focus on children with complex SEND.
I hope that our website captures the spirit of Silverwood and provides you with an insight into our school; we warmly encourage families and professionals to visit. We look forward to welcoming you to meet some of our children and staff and to experience, for yourself, the quality of education given to all our children and young people.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to arrange a visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Where a child may be starting at a different point in the year to the main intake, there will be a bespoke transition package. Where your child is entering with the usual intake, eg. the start of a new academic year, there will be a package created to support the group transition.
Following confirmation of a place at Silverwood, please do not hesitate to contact the school who will be happy to direct you to the Transition Lead to answer individual questions.
Silverwood School has three campuses: Chippenham, Rowde and Trowbridge, including an associated post-16 provision which is linked to Chippenham Campus.
There is extensive new building work planned for Silverwood School and due for completion in Autumn 2023. This will focus predominantly at the Rowde Campus for additional provision to cater for a wider range of ages and needs.
Each campus caters for specific needs and, therefore, Silverwood School will offer provision at the most appropriate campus to meet pupil need. Where provision is not offered at the closest campus to where the pupil lives, this will be shared with the LA. Where a preference for a campus is named this will be taken into consideration but Silverwood cannot guarantee to accommodate this preference. Campus designation will be reviewed annually.
A pupil may be considered for a place at Silverwood School if:
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Our Values Statement
We are committed to promoting fundamental British values through a wide range of explicit and implicit educational activities. British values are promoted through our social, moral, spiritual, and cultural, (SMSC) education which permeates through the schools’ assemblies, curriculum, ethos, student voice, teaching and learning and our commitment to inclusion.
Our approach to promoting fundamental British values follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
Please see the documents below relating to our use of Pupil Premium funds
Summer School Funding
Covid Catch-Up Strategy
The entire staff team at Silverwood along with the pupils and their families are fully committed to ensuring that the partial school closures and enforced absences have a minimal impact on the pupils’ learning and well-being.
The strategy is underpinned by both internal and external professional advice, and aims to ensure that every member of the Silverwod community regardless of their particular circumstance, receives the education, opportunities and outcomes they deserve.
For more details please read the reports below:
Primary PE and Sports Premium
This means that the PE and sport premium should be used to:
1: Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that our school provides
2: Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining our school in future years
Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and sport premium and how we allocated/allocate funding
Main School Uniform
PE and Outdoor Wear if applicable