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.
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.
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%.
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
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
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
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Provision, which is based on strong positive relationships, identifies the needs of each individual pupil to develop communication, independence and their own sense of self. The school believes that working within communities and fully utilising all aspects of Learning Outside the Classroom are central to supporting well-being and preparation for adulthood. Providing different pathways through a holistic approach allows pupils to progress on personalised learning journeys. The curriculum is reflective of pupil need, regardless of cognitive level, and seeks to build progress in a bespoke manner. It is not limited by an age-specific approach, but instead pathways are shaped by needs identified within EHCPs, including as appropriate, access to a range of qualifications and accreditations. The curriculum at Silverwood School is designed to develop transferable skills that equip children and young people for life beyond school.
If you are concerned about your child, or another child please speak to our Safeguarding Lead or a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 456 0108 (08:45am-5pm Mon-Thurs) and (8:45am-4pm) Friday
Emergency Duty Service 0300 456 0100 (5pm - 8.45am)
If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance immediately on 999.
https://www.wiltshirescb.org.uk/parentscarers/ they can signpost you to:
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We recognise that the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in the decisions we take for all children, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of abuse. We keep the welfare of the child at the centre of our school.
Some of our children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues relating to physical or learning disability. We will work in partnership with a range of other agencies to promoting young people’s welfare, and ensure they can achieve the best outcomes. Staff are happy to challenge when there are professional disagreements.
At the Silverwood School we have a strong ethos of safeguarding by ensuring it is kept as the school’s top priority. We have a safeguarding team that provides training and facilitates this ethos throughout the school. We ensure that all staff uphold safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
We have developed an effective online safety policy; additionally, online safety training is offered to all parents through free safeguarding workshops. We will share current information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families through personalised sessions with children and group opportunities either through support work or online sessions for families and within the school’s newsletter.
We recruit staff safely, ensuring that all necessary checks are made. We use our procedures to manage any allegations made against staff and volunteers appropriately. We have a highly effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.
All staff keep current with their training, and receive a minimum of 2 updates a year. The school uses National policies and documents such as Keeping Children safe in Education 2021 to ensure their staff have the most up to date knowledge. The Designated Safeguarding team have regular supervision to ensure that all staff can safeguard children effectively. They also engage in a wider safeguarding network within the county and the South West.
Any records made or stored are used professionally and securely in line with data protection legislation and guidance. We will use our child protection and safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know. We will involve children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately.
We create and maintain an anti-bullying environment and ensure that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that may arise. We have behaviour policies that ensures that all children feel safe in the school
We provide a safe physical environment for our children. We have built a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns. We use a variety of communication so that everyone’s voice is heard and valued.
E-safety & Internet use policy
Safeguarding & Child protection
All employees undergo rigorous checks during the recruitment process including: an enhanced DBS, references from previous employers, a full employment history including satisfactory explanations relating to any gaps in employment.