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Roger Cannon

Roger Cannon is a secondary site for pupils aged between 11 and 16 years old. Roger Cannon caters for pupils with a wide range of SEND, including autistic spectrum condition, moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, hearing and visual impairments, specific genetic conditions, specific communication and language difficulties and social, emotional and mental health needs.

Pupils at Roger Cannon are working below age related expectations, however pupils are well supported in class and are given the right environment, provisions and resources to achieve to the best of their abilities. The curriculum at Roger Cannon follows a fully differentiated approach to the National Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential and develop confidence, self-esteem and a wide range of key skills. 

Pupils at KS4 have the opportunity to access accredited qualifications to at least Entry Level Certificate in English, maths and science. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete ASDAN accredited courses and Arts Awards. Some pupils are able to complete GCSEs in core subjects. Some pupils complete AQA Unit Awards for core and foundation subjects.

All pupils follow approaches to learning that are personalised, differentiated and engaging, resulting in pupils reaching their full potential. Independent learning is actively encouraged at all times where possible, and opportunities for independence are frequent, in and out of the classroom. An appropriate level of support and opportunities to develop essential skills are given to pupils who are not yet able to be independent. 

If pupils are not yet ready to access learning, highly specific and personalised programmes and routines are put in place, such as sensory circuits and Lego Therapy.

Pupils at Roger Cannon use a range of ways to communicate. Most pupils are able to verbally communicate their wants and needs and take an active part in lessons and discussions. Other language-based communication is used, including giving and receiving information in large print and Makaton and communication aids. Some symbol systems are also used including Widgit, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Colourful Semantics.

Pupils at Roger Cannon are supported with their social and emotional needs through various approaches, including THRIVE, Team Teach and Zones of Regulation. Behaviour Support Workers assist pupils to access lessons and help pupils if they become dysregulated. High staff to pupil ratios are present in every classroom. Individual Learning Pathway Plans (ILPPs) help pupils build on emotional and social skills step-by-step. ILPPs also help pupils make progress towards their Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) outcomes.

Roger Cannon has 120 pupils split over 12 classes. Each class is comprised of pupils in either KS3 or KS4. Within each key stage, pupils are grouped together depending on their prior academic achievement, methods of communication and appropriate peer groups. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 11 pupils in a class, and a minimum of 4 pupils in a class.

Subject specialist teachers are used at Roger Cannon. We also have specialist teaching rooms for science, food technology, art and music. Roger Cannon also has a sensory room and other designated intervention rooms to support pupils with their individual needs.


School Hours

Start - 9.00am

Finish - 3.15pm


 To see Roger Cannon staff, please see the 'Our Staff' page

Term Dates

East SILC School Calendar 2023-24

Autumn Term

Autumn term 1 starts - Monday 4th September 2023

Autumn term 1 ends - Friday 27th October 2023


Autumn term 2 starts - Monday 6th November 2023

Autumn term 2 ends - Friday 22nd December 2023


Spring Term

Spring term 1 starts - Monday 8th January 2024

Spring term 1 ends - Friday 9th February 2024


Spring term 2 starts - Monday 19th February 2024

Spring term 2 ends - Thursday 28th March 2024


Summer Term

Summer term 1 starts - Monday 15th April 2024

May Bank Holiday - Monday 6th May 2024

Summer term 1 ends - Friday 24th May 2024


Summer term 2 starts - Monday 3rd June 2024

Summer term 2 ends - Friday 19th July 2024


School training days for academic year 2023-24

Monday 4th September 2023

Tuesday 5th September 2023

Wednesday 6th September 2023

Monday 22nd July 2024

Tuesday 23rd July 2024






  • White polo shirt
  • Navy jumper/ sweatshirt with East SILC logo
  • Dark coloured trousers/ sweatpants
  • Dark coloured footwear


Photo Gallery

 All photos taken by Lottie Bone Photography - 

Roger Cannon

All photos taken by Lottie Bone Photography -