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.
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Thursday January 18th - Standards Committee meeting
Wednesday January 25th - Resource Committee meeting
Thursday February 2nd - Full Governing Body meeting
Thursday March 15th - Standards Committee meeting
Wednesday March 22nd - Resource Committee meeting
Thursday March 30th - Full Governing Body meeting
Thursday May 10th - Standards Committee meeting
Wednesday May 17th - Resource Committee meeting
Thursday May 25th - Full Governing Body meeting
Thursday 22nd June - Standards Committee meeting
Thursday 29th June - Resource Committee meeting
Thursday July 6th - Full Governing Body meeting
Aileen Bates - Co-opted Governor
Co-opted Governor: Sarah Gunner
Jan Winfield: Co-opted Governor
Co-opted Governor: Jeff Parker
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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.
Structure of School Day – All Campuses
08.50 Monday to Fridays
Lessons begin 09.00
15.10 Monday to Fridays
Term Dates and Teacher Training Dates
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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
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Did you know?
Second-hand uniform can be obtained from Chippenham Uniform Exchange at any time.
They run pop-up shops at various locations throughout the year or uniform can be requested directly by email for collection from school.
All items of uniform are offered for FREE for a voluntary donation to Chippenham Uniform Exchange if this is affordable.
Visit their website, find them on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can also be taken to any of their pop-up shops.
They will also be holding uniform drives throughout the year at various locations to collect preloved uniform.
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.
Designated Governor for Safeguarding:
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Rachel Bell
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Beth Jones
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Amy-Jane McCaughey
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Mike Loveridge
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Tracey Penny
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Siobhan Cheadle
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Mike Loveridge
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Vanessa Richardson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Jo Burton
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Mike Loveridge
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Nicki Caslin
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Alice Youngman
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.
It focuses on the early communication, social, emotional and cognitive skills that are the foundation of learning. It is a curriculum that recognises the importance of play in a child’s development and the need for sensory and multi-sensory approaches to learning. It acknowledges what learners can do by supporting and developing their strengths and abilities and it is designed to be delivered in an integrated way, incorporating learning, therapy and health needs.
For some pupils a social communication, emotional regulation and transactional support focus provides pupils with the skills and tools to be able to manage their own feelings, anxieties and behaviour, as well as understand and utilise effective and appropriate methods of communication. This equips our learners with the ability to meaningfully interact with, and convey needs to, familiar people; as well as those who help to support us in the wider community.
The curriculum is designed to be ambitious, fun, engaging, practical and meaningful and match to pupils learning and developmental needs. It aims to promote life skills, independence, communication and sensory integration activities to prepare children for learning. Regardless of physical, emotional and learning challenges, teaching through the Semi-formal curriculum captures the interest and imagination of our pupils.
The formal curriculum, which includes a rich diet of both core subjects and more diverse subjects, works to ensure that the experience of learning is smooth, and that cyclical learning topics support learners in embedding skills and knowledge into long term memory through ‘over learning’ as well as contextualised opportunities for application. Subjects taught underpin the core values through explicit references; practical subjects are designed to support fine and gross motor skills as well as providing pupils with very real opportunities to develop skills for independent living and work beyond school. All subjects are designed to develops pupil’s ability to communicate effectively, and to learn about other communities, countries and cultures; an important part of British Values for Silverwood School.
We support pupils to consider different learning opportunities and apply them to real life situations. If pupils require a more bespoke curriculum, we adapt and tailor it to the needs of the individual. Where pupils show an aptitude in a particular area, they are encouraged to develop this to the highest level.
The formal curriculum at Silverwood goes beyond the academic and focuses on developing skills for life. Pupils at Silverwood will have the opportunity to practice and rehearse these skills in different contexts. Everything we do is there to support every child towards an independent as adulthood. We recognise that for each pupil, this will present different challenges and opportunities, therefore thorough preparation and practice is essential in every subject area as well as ad hoc learning opportunities. We pride ourselves on the responsive and adaptive curriculum we offer every pupil at Silverwood.
Many pupils go onto gain nationally recognised accreditations during key stage 4 and 5.
- At Silverwood School we believe that all children have the right to access an inclusive Early Year’s curriculum where they are placed with their peers and learn in an active learning environment. Children are supported to develop characteristics of effective learning and become life-long learners.
- We endeavour to ensure that all children leave our Early Years classes with a developing method of communication, a range of self-help skills, a variety of interests and the ability to self-occupy in a meaningful and productive way.
- We value all the experiences and learning that have taken place prior to starting at Silverwood. We use a range of strategies to ensure we gather as much information as possible in order to fully understand each child’s unique starting point.
- At Silverwood we recognise the key areas of development that are linked and contribute to the sum of a student’s cultural capital. There is a high level of focus on the Prime Areas of Learning whilst ensuring our curriculum provides breadth and balance across all seven areas of learning identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. We ensure there is a suitable balance between adult directed activities and child led learning throughout the day. Children in year R and 1 are supported by Early Years specialists who are skilled in extending learning during daily free flow sessions. We offer children a range of motivating and stimulating activities to explore and engage with, which promote choice making and independent exploratory play skills. Each classroom has different areas of learning including a book area, art area, sensory play, home area, small world and outside space.
- Our EYFS curriculum is based on a set of core quality texts that form the basis of our teaching. All children will be taught pre-phonic and phonics skills and we support children to develop a love for books and reading. Each class participates in weekly book share. Attention Autism principles are used throughout the classes, and children are supported to develop their attention and concentration skills.
- At Silverwood, we adopt a holistic approach and work to support children and families in all areas of their learning. We follow toilet training plans for all children and work with families with areas such as widening restricted diets. We work in partnership with families and invite parents in as often as possible for sessions such as Singing and Stay and Play.
EYFS Curriculum Map Example: An Encounter and Discover Curriculum
Here is a link for the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
Characteristics of effective learning
Playing and Exploring
Children will be learning to:
• Realise that their actions have an effect on the world, so they want to keep repeating them.
• Plan and think ahead about how they will explore or play with objects.
• Guide their own thinking and actions by referring to visual aids or by talking to themselves while playing. For example, a child doing a jigsaw might whisper under their breath: “Where does that one go? – I need to find the big horse next.”
• Make independent choices.
• Bring their own interests and fascinations into early years settings. This helps them to develop their learning.
• Respond to new experiences that you bring to their attention.
Children will be learning to
• Participate in routines
• Begin to predict sequences because they know routines.
• Show goal-directed behaviour
• Begin to correct their mistakes themselves.
• Keep on trying when things are difficult.
• Repeating something hard on their own; learning through trial and error.
• Asking a friend or an adult for help.
• Watching an adult or another child, modelling what to do, or listening to their guidance.
Creating and Thinking Critically
Children will be learning to:
• Take part in simple pretend play
• Sort materials
• Review their progress as they try to achieve a goal
• Solve real problems
• Use pretend play to think beyond the ‘here and now’ and to understand another perspective.
• Know more, so feel confident about coming up with their own ideas.
• Make more links between those ideas.
• Concentrate on achieving something that’s important to them. They are increasingly able to control their attention and ignore distractions.
Transition into Early Years
Pupils issued with EHCP (Education Health Care Plan)
Consultation of school placements
School place offered
TISMs (Transition into School Meetings) (Term 5)
Visits to existing settings (Term 6)
New starter session – Information sessions, including other professionals (for example Learning Disability Team, Wiltshire Parent and Carer Council), support with information sharing paperwork. (Term 6)
Stay and Play sessions (Term 6)
Home visits and outreach work (Beginning of Term 1)
Stay and Play sessions/Phased Inductions (Beginning of Term 1)
Planning meetings with Speech and Language Therapist and other Professionals (Term 1)
Annual Reviews of EHCP (By end of Term 2)
A Day in the Life of an EYFS Class at Silverwood…
Satellite Provisions - Trowbridge
What is Phonics?
EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2 Progression
Key Stage 3 and 4
Within the Formal Pathway pupils receive dedicated spelling and Phonics teaching as part of each timetabled English lesson. Pupils are assessed regularly and when they have achieved all aspects of Level 6 phonics they will explore challenging texts during Guided Reading sessions.
In addition to Phonics lessons, all students across the school have access to:
- In addition to Phonics lessons, all students across the school have access to:
- Additional Twinkl Phonics resources following the Twinkl Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP).
- Reading schemes aligned to our chosen SSP mapped across the curriculum pathways.
- Daily shared reading
- A library space and classroom reading areas
- Experience of high quality, age appropriate texts.
- Free access to a wide range reading material for pleasure.
- Opportunities to access further targeted interventions.
- IT devices that augment communication and support reading.
- Parents supported to share books and to read with their children at home and to record their progress in a reading record.
At Silverwood, we recognise that assessment data will demonstrate the progression of pupils’ reading and spelling skills. The impact of our Phonics provision will also be demonstrated by pupil’s engagement with stories, their enthusiasm for sharing books and their growing independence in engaging with texts at home and school.
and interpersonal links with pupils in other areas of the school.
is a brand new song-writing and music making programme that will be running across all Silverwood campuses during the 2022/23 academic year.
The programme will be facilitated by Will Lawton from ‘The Rhythm Practice’, a music therapist and song-writer who has been working at the Trowbridge campus for several years.
The aim of this project is to offer music opportunities to small groups of pupils, encouraging creative experimentation and improvisation.
At the heart of the sessions will be an emphasis on free expression and collaboration with a strong therapeutic approach.
As ideas and songs emerge over time, some will be recorded with the aim of producing a Silverwood album and live performances towards the end of the school year.
Term 1 – Chippenham
Term 2 – Rowde
Term 3 – Trowbridge
Term 4 – Chippenham
Term 5 – Rowde
Term 6 – Trowbridge
At Silverwood School We Value All Forms Of Communication
Silverwood Communication Team
Hannah Simkins – HCRG Speech, Language and Communication Therapist
Becky Nottingham – AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) Co-ordinator
Nicky Caslin – Lead SENCO and Assistant Headteacher
Lucy Hannaford – Communication and Literacy Lead, Formal Curriculum
Rachel Humphrey – Communication and Literacy Lead, Pre and Semi-Formal Curriculum.
The Total Communication Approach
Total Communication includes:
Silverwood School Phonics Assessment Framework
Phonics and Reading
100 Books to Read Before You Leave Silverwood
Communication and Literacy
Expressive and Creative Arts
Maths and Science
Personal, Social, Health Education, Relationships and Sex Education
Physical and Personal Development
The Wider World