Welcome to our school
Our children and young people are amazing and helping them to reach their potential is at the heart of everything we do.
The East Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre (SILC) is one of the largest specialist settings in the North of England. It has three main sites:
- John Jamieson (2-19) for pupils with severe, profound and complex needs including hearing, visual impairments, autism spectrum disorder, and other significant health conditions where medical support is required from the nursing team.
- Jack Clark (4-11) for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties including social and emotional needs, autism, hearing, visual, physical and other health needs not requiring daily medical intervention from the nursing team.
- Roger Cannon (11-16) for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties including social and emotional needs, autism, hearing, visual, physical and other health needs not requiring daily medical intervention from the nursing team.
We also have two partnerships with local mainstream schools – Temple Moor High School and Whitkirk Primary School where pupils remain on the roll of the East SILC but benefit from an inclusive mainstream social and learning offer. This enables our pupils to access some lessons alongside mainstream peers whilst continuing to access specialist teaching by our own staff.
At Post 16 some students attend our specialist 16+ annex at Brigshaw High School, taught by our specialist staff whilst experiencing and benefiting from a larger mainstream campus. This provision best meets the needs of those students who are likely to access college or apprenticeship type provision. All other 16+ students are taught at John Jamieson and similar to those students at Brigshaw, follow a curriculum preparing them for adulthood.
For us, all children and young people are unique and deserve a curriculum that is as personalised as possible in order to meet their individual needs and unlock their potential.
To achieve this, we ensure that our skilled teachers plan for each child and young person using their unique Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) alongside a broad National Curriculum that is effectively differentiated. This is further enhanced through a wide range of interventions and the expertise of other agencies:
- Health on-site nursing team, regular clinics
- Speech and language
- Occupational therapy
In addition to the above services who are provided through the National Health Service we also employ our own Speech and Language team and commission the equivalent of two days Occupational Therapy. This additionality ensures an enriched learning offer and enhanced opportunity to meet each pupil’s individual needs.
To keep our teaching and learning support teams at the top of their game, we invest heavily in their professional development recognising the importance of maintaining their knowledge and expertise. We are constantly looking at new strategies to inform our teaching and enhance our offer to pupils, and therefore any new initiatives are based on wide research.
The culmination of all the above ensures a curriculum offer that is creative, imaginative and stimulating whilst offering the flexibility to meet the needs of all our children and young people.
Diane Reynard, Executive Principal, East SILC