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.

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, Heidi Alexander, Louisa Williams or Vicky Mobbs; will be pleased to show you round.

Pam Ashworth