John Grant School caters for children with a wide variety of complex needs, from foundation stage through to Further Education.
Headteacher – Pam Ashworth
Hello and welcome to the John Grant School Website. At John Grant we are proud of the things that we do and hope you will find any information you need here. If not please contact us directly by email or phone.
I have been Headteacher at John Grant School since September 2012, when I moved back to Norfolk (I grew up in Norwich) from Kent. In Kent I spent over 30 years working in special schools, the majority of time being at The Foreland School in Broadstairs, where I had been Headteacher since 2002.
It has been good to be back in my home county and getting to know everyone at John Grant, also to be back living with fellow, long suffering Norwich City FC fans! In July 2014, we had our latest visit from Ofsted and as a result I am delighted that we are now firmly re-established as a “Good” school – please follow the link on the web-site if you would like to read more about this. This does not however mean that we will be “resting on our laurels”. We believe that some of practice is already on the way to being “outstanding” – Ofsted particularly noted our provision for pupils with ASD in this regard – and we are working towards that overall “Outstanding” judgement in our next inspection. We know this cannot happen without our whole school community – pupils, staff, Governors, parents, carers, professionals from other disciplines, and friends – working together, which is why our school motto “Working together to be the best we can be” is so important to us.
At John Grant School, we always endeavour to put the many, varied and complex needs of our pupils first. As a result we retain a very flexible approach to school organisation looking each year at what will work best for the pupils. Overall our class bases are broadly organised by age into key stages, but within this we have introduced more needs led groupings incorporating the very particular teaching strategies and pace of learning that will enable the pupils to make the best possible progress. More traditional “academic” progress is very important to us and at the moment we continue to use the P Levels and National Curriculum levels to track this; but we also value the progress that our pupils make in areas like social skills, independence, behaviour, decision making and communication in its broadest sense. With regard to the latter we encourage pupils to use whichever individual or combination of communication strategies that suit them best; whether this be speech, signing, PECS, Objects of reference, gesture, facial expression or electronic communication aid.
If you would like to find out more about the work that we do first hand, please contact the school office to make an appointment to come and visit, when either myself; my Deputy Head Martin Sawyer; or one of our three Assistant Heads, Jill Waters, Louisa Williams or Vicky Mobbs; will be pleased to show you round.
At John Grant School we aim to develop each pupil to their full potential. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each pupil, as we want our students to leave school with the personal qualities, knowledge and skills which will encourage them to participate in a variety of life opportunities. We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging, fun, motivating and promotes independence and self esteem.
We look positively upon what children can do, and because our curriculum is flexible it enables each child to progress at his/her own rate. The importance of meeting individual needs and ensuring a continuous progression throughout the school is fundamental to our approach. We ensure that we identify every opportunity throughout the school day to support learning i.e. morning break, lunchtime, shared celebration time, care time and assembly.
The National Curriculum is seen as the entitlement for all our pupils to an enriched curricular experience. Throughout the school pupils are provided with learning experiences which promote core skills and knowledge to enable them to have access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate and relevant level.
At John Grant School we believe that the home/school partnership is essential to the success of our pupils. It enables mutual support systems to be formed and it helps provide a broader insight into the child’s learning experiences outside of school. This is achieved through the following partnership opportunities:
- Home school books
- Sharing of IEP’s/reviews/targets
- Parents Evening
- Curriculum Learning days
Records of Achievement and on-going assessment are maintained using digital photographs and associated comments in student portfolios.
We aim to deliver a curriculum which is broad and balanced – but above all – relevant.
For access to some of our school policies, please click here. At this stage, only our Asdan policies are available through this link, but we will add more policies in due course.