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Kite Ridge School

Kite Ridge School

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Head Teacher: Steven Sneesby
Verney Avenue,High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3NE

01494 448497 head@kiteridge.bucks.sch.uk

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Kite Ridge School Values

“Kite Ridge School: Educates, values, supports and accepts each student unconditionally in accordance to the individual needs providing a holistic, happy safe environment that is committed to the success of everyone.”

Through the everyday implementation of the Kite Ridge School values we will endeavour to ensure:

  • Community Engagement and Participation

Students are enabled to engage in and contribute to society.

  • Autonomy and Self Determination

Students are provided with a range of experiences to enable them to make and communicate meaningful choices.

  • Personal Development and Independence

Students are enabled to grow, develop, and experience the new.

  • Material and Financial Sustainability

Students are enabled to aspire to employment and economic independence.

  • Social and Intimate Relationships

Students are enabled to develop respectful attitudes towards others and a range of friendships, social and intimate relationships.

Kite Ridge is a unique school, developing educational solutions that are pragmatic and cost effective. Our philosophy of unconditional acceptance means that each student is listened to and encouraged and given the skills to express their wants and needs which are in turn acknowledged. Students gain the understanding that they are valued, and develop trust in staff to enable them to expand their autonomy to be involved in making decisions about their own education. Each student at Kite Ridge School receives a bespoke and holistic education and every student’s personal curriculum is continually reviewed and developed to ensure progress is maintained.

Communication is at the very core of the work undertaken at Kite Ridge School. We believe that all behaviour is communication and we work on enabling our students to develop effective communication as the key to unlocking their full potential. (We gradually shape behaviours using an eclectic approach to autism linked with positive reinforcement). We never give up on a pupil. They cannot be excluded or marginalised, or told that they do not fit the programme.

Life at Kite Ridge School

At Kite Ridge School, our school day begins at 10 o’clock when students arrive and are greeted by their Learning Mentors in our reception area. After settling in to the school environment, students spend the morning enjoying three group teaching sessions on a number of varied subjects such as English or Maths, or in therapeutic sessions such as Sensory Exploration. When students are not engaged in formal group teaching sessions, they are being taught on a one to one basis in their own sanctuary rooms by their Learning Mentors. Some of our older students may be taken out for a work experience session for the morning as part of their preparation for transition to adulthood. We finish our morning’s teaching at 1.15 when we spend half an hour sharing lunch together as a whole school. Our lunch sessions are seen as an important part of our learning and socialising.

After lunch our students are paired with a different Learning Mentor and sessions begin again at 1.45. The afternoon timetable has two learning sessions in subjects such as Physical Education or Food Technology. We also hold whole school assemblies in the afternoons on Wednesdays (singing), Thursdays (religious worship) and Fridays (celebration).

Furthermore, we have therapists visiting school on a weekly basis providing Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy bespoke programmes for our students.

If you wish to find out more about life at Kite Ridge School or want to make an appointment to come and visit our school, please contact us on 01494 448497 or head@kiteridge.bucks.sch.uk