The Hive at Walkden High School

September 2013 saw the opening of our Moderate Learning Difficulties Base at Walkden High School. We are playing a vital role in Salford's vision for developing provision for students with SEN and improving options and outcomes for all students. The base opened with 7 students in year 7.  September 2017 will see the unit full with 35 students with complex special educational needs, who require a level of specialist support which may not normally be available in other mainstream schools. Our base will play a significant role in extending inclusion of Salford students with SEN in mainstream schools.

In most cases, students will benefit from a combination of access to teaching in small groups in the base, and time in mainstream classes, with additional support. There will be a higher than usual level of staffing to meet more complex needs, which will extend to break and lunch time support. Whilst students will be able to access much of the national curriculum, differentiated to an appropriate level, they will also benefit from an enriched curriculum including:

  • Structured literacy/numeracy programmes
  • Regular input from local authority specialist teachers
  • The development of independent work skills
  • The development of Social skills
  • The development of Life skills
  • The use of Community visits
  • The Development of Links with special schools

The Hive itself is situated within main school, but with separate entrance and facilities, enabling students to develop ownership and have a secure haven. This designated area has:

  • Full barrier free access, including toilet facilities
  • 'Safe haven' for breaks and lunchtime provision
  • Safe outside area (supervised)
  • Separate Arrival / Departure / Taxi area as appropriate
  • Areas for small group teaching, therapy and positive support
  • Flexible learning spaces to enable a more personalised curriculum
  • A highly visual learning ethos
  • Quiet work areas / work stations / distraction free room
  • Kitchen facilities
  • ICT facilities 

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