A: Barley Lane School, Exeter, EX4 1TA T: 01392 430774 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
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A warm welcome to the website and an invitation to visit us in person soon because choosing a school should be a face to face thing where what matters and is important to you can be properly explored
As a visitor to this site it is likely your child or a child you know or work with is bright and capable but not thriving in mainstream primary or secondary school for a whole range of reasons and needs help and support with behaviour and learning and you are beginning to explore possible alternatives…
Recent visitors to our website and the school have identified what follows as important to them in providing initial insight into our school community.
We are here first to welcome, help and support you in finding the right school and we will be friendly, honest and frank throughout because children, parents and carers quite reasonably often find the process of leaving mainstream schooling and choosing a special school plus the whole mechanism of making that change very hard to navigate and sometimes stressful.
Please be reassured whether potential students ultimately take up a place here (most do, the school has more than doubled in size in recent years) the common and understandable anxieties about schools like ours are always soothed when folk visit and most comment on the prevailing atmosphere of calm and friendliness; one visiting parent shared recently, “I liked the place, I like the people…we talked about values when others are showing me equipment”.
Please also be reassured we know your child is unique and complex and we work hard with parents and carers and professionals to understand and support each youngster individually but there are common experiences and themes in both the challenges the children face and how we support them for example building good relationships with other pupils and teachers, autism, attention deficit, difficulties with reading and writing are all familiar to us and so creative teaching, embedded routines and strong and caring relationships are at the heart of our work.
If you are looking for a school where there is a broad curriculum both academic and vocational with a range of GCSEs and vocational qualifications where students can have a variety of enriching experiences from abseiling (we offer the DoE award too) to opera then please come and visit us and we can explore together how we can help.
If you are seeking a school where there is a hardworking, skilled and compassionate team who authentically care for the children and young people and their families and have a strong focus every day on how to change and develop and improve their work to meet a whole range of shifting and complex needs then please come and visit us and we can explore how we can help
Please click this find out more link below where we explain in more detail how and why children come to Barley Lane and please explore the website.
I look forward to spending time with you in the near future and can be emailed, texted or called (email@example.com 07848 028 341)
Our Exam Results
“I would just like to say thanks heaps for all the help and support you give all of us. You guys truly are a fantastic school and I'm so glad my son is with you all. You’re doing a fab job teaching my little boy, he's coming on in leaps and bounds and that's all down to you guys and all the support you give him.”
“This is a good school...pupils learn well because teaching is good with some outstanding teaching.”
Ofsted April 2013
I just wanted to say thank you for the support you give to my son each day. The improvement I have seen is remarkable. His quality of life has improved massively. His progress and development has moved quickly since attending the school and it has changed the lives of our entire family. I wanted to thank you all. The job you do is difficult and challenging but no doubt rewarding too. Once again, many thanks.
“The extraordinary willingness to be creative in achieving what the child needs and going the extra mile on many levels, at many times and in many different ways.”
Student’s social worker 08.06.15
"My kid brother was at Barley Lane, and you guys did so much for him: our family love you!" He is really bright: he used to really hate that, until he went to Barley Lane; now he's really happy with it.”
Student`s older brother 12.02.15
“The place is transformed from when I was last there.... And that's testament to incredible skill and dedication.”
Visiting headteacher 02.03.16
“The respect that the staff had for the pupils: So many times during my visit I heard the staff telling the boys that they could achieve just as well as anyone. This worked particularly well when real life examples were given, e.g. boys achieving college places or the number of questions they could already answer on a GCSE paper.”
Master’s student on placement 10.03.15
After 12 years of being the school nurse at Barley Lane, it is a wrench to give it up. The school is a wonderful community that provides, in my opinion, fantastic support, nurturing and education to some of the most challenging young people. I have always felt supported and welcomed by the school staff and it has been a pleasure to work with you.
School nurse April 2016
I write with reference to your recent visit to our restaurant at McDonald’s Marsh Barton on the 19/05/2016. It has been bought to my attention by my customer host Kate how wonderfully behaved and well-
Amelia Evans Shift Manager
Fab but what a fantastic way to start a week at school...Really appreciate all you all do as it's so lovely to finally send my son off to school happy and looking forward to it, that's a great feeling.'
Sentient Trust & Babcock joint visit report 11.01.17 Click Here…
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