During the first UK Lockdown, Kite Ridge School had to close as it was unsafe to have students in school due to the high levels of support that they need and their challenging behaviour. As we were unable to safely open we instead took to Zoom. Each student had a weekly timetable with a variety of staff, as well as weekly Music Therapy sessions and whole school singing assembly and celebration assembly at the end of the week. These took place on the days that they would if students were in school to maintain some normality. As lockdown progressed, some students started having Zoom sessions with other students that they would typically have lessons with if they were in school.
In June we successfully reopened for single students per day. As this progressed we then began welcoming multiple students back each day until the end of the Academic Year.
We reopened for all students at the beginning of this Academic Year.
All staff wear a mask at all times. Staff who are particularly at risk due to the close proximity that they work with students wear full coveralls as well as a mask for the safety of both themselves and the students.
There are full Covid friendly risk assessments for all aspects of school life.
If you have any questions about our response to Coronavirus please do not hesitate to contact us 01494 448497 or email email@example.com.
All schools have been awarded a sum of money per student as a "Catch-up Premium" due to the Coronavirus. As a Special School, we have been awarded £240 per student on roll for the 2020-21 Academic Year.
The EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) have put together a school planning guide which is linked on the Catch-up Premium page on the Gov.uk website that you can download below.
The guide states that "Every school will have been affected by Covid-19 differently and school leaders are best placed to understand the needs of their school communities. The right way to support pupils will differ between schools and must be informed by the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders."
The students at Kite Ridge School are particularly at risk of being severely affected by the closures due to Coronavirus and therefore need more support to return to school and resume normal life. As you may expect, our students have different requirements for this to happen compared to those at a mainstream Special School and therefore the plan for the use of this Catch-up Premium has been made with this in mind.
We have arranged for all of our students who are not yet at transitioning age to receive visits from Speech and Language (SaLT) and Occupational Therapists this Autumn Term in order to carry out full assessments. These assessments will be pivotal in ensuring that our students receive the support that they need over the next Academic Year.
To see our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy relating to Covid-19, please click here.