Crane Park School is a school that caters for children with varying needs. Children with a Statement of Special Needs, on School Action or School Action Plus all have pupil progress Plans (IEPs) that are regularly updated by class teachers, in liaison with parents. Support is given by the Inclusion Manager and outside agencies as appropriate.
Autistic Children’s Education Zone (ACE Zone)
The ACE Zone is made up of 4 classes: Nursery & Reception (Cosmos), Year 1&2 (World), Year 3&4 (Universe), Year 5&6 (Galaxy). Each child has a maximum of 8 pupils. All the pupils in the ACE Zone have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a Statement of Special Educational Need. There are four main classrooms, a quiet work room, a soft play room and a playground.
Some pupils are brought to and from school by Borough transport each day. The school day begins at 8.45 with an outdoor session; this helps the pupils who have been on the minibus for a while. Some pupils have some occupational therapy work at this time. At 8.55 the pupils come in and each group has a morning circle time. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, adapting as appropriate for our children. We teach some topics as in the rest of the school to allow opportunities for inclusion in class and as school trips.
Playtime and lunchtime are at the same time as in the main school. Most pupils eat their dinner in the dining hall and some in the ACE Zone. Some of the pupils play on the main playground and some play on the ACE Zone playground.
Pupils integrate with the main school for specific lessons, assemblies, team events, clubs and playtimes as appropriate for each individual child.
Two Speech and Language therapists work at total of three and a half days a week in the ACE Zone. They work both with individual pupils and with small groups in and out of the classroom. The Occupational Therapist works in the ACE Zone once a fortnight. There is also termly input from the Educational Psychologist. All the therapists work very closely with school staff to ensure the work is transferred into the classroom and across the school day.
End of Day
The school day finishes at 3.30pm Monday to Thursday and 2pm on Fridays.
Communication with Parents and Carers
As many pupils come to school on transport, communication with parents is done via the home school books. Each child has a termly Individual Education Plan, an Annual Review meeting is held to review the statement and set objectives.
Our school has ramp access to all classrooms and school halls and has pathways suitable for wheelchair users throughout our site.