Headteacher – Pam Ashworth

Pam

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.

In October 2017, we had our latest visit from Ofsted and as a result I am delighted that we are now an “Outstanding” school – please follow the link on the web-site if you would like to read more about this. We were clearly delighted with this judgment and feel it recognizes the work of the whole team of people who work together to meet the very wide ranging needs of our pupils – a true reflection of our school motto: “Working together to be the best we can be”.

Being “Outstanding” does not mean that we will be “resting on our laurels”. We know that there is always room for improvement and will always have new goals that we want to achieve. For example we have recently reviewed our strategies and policies linked to supporting pupils who have difficult or dangerous behaviour. Currently, we are exploring external accreditation for the provision we make for pupils with Autism in our school. We now have 3 specialist base classes, covering all the Key Stages, as well as supporting many pupils with a diagnosis in our more generalised class bases.

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 or one of our two Acting Deputy Heads, Heidi Alexander or Louisa Williams, will be pleased to show you round.

 

Pam Ashworth