South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust has been succesful in our application to open a special school in Newton Abbot for Key Stage 2 to 5 children with complex social communication and interaction needs, including those on the Autism spectrum, whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream school due to environmental factors. Glendinning House plans to open in September 2019 and will, at full capacity, provide spaces for 120 students across the key stages with a 6th form base linked with South Dartmoor Community College's sixth form centre. Our location puts us at the heart of South Devon serving a catchment area where currently there, is no specialist provision for children and young people with these needs.
Our curriculum will be experiential delivered through project based learning set in the natural environment. Students will access the National Curriculum alongside learning that helps students develop their communication and interaction skills in a school designed with our students' needs and curriuclum offer paramount. Our aim is to help students achieve their potential through enjoying, succeeding and achieving and ultimately developing independence. Students at Key Stages 4 and 5 will study qualifications most suitable to them, including GCSEs and A levels available in a range of subjects.
We have worked with Devon and Torbay County Councils to develop our provision. Students will be referred to us via the local authorities; all of our students will have an Education, Health and Care Plan. Please find more information relating to admissions here (link to admissions section of website)
Strong community links are important to us. During our pre-opening phase we will develop relationships with Newton Abbot residents and businesses to create opportunities for our young people to work with and contribute to the local community.
In order for us to open the Secretary of State must enter into a funding agreement with our Trust (please see here
for the model funding agreement). This consultation records the support for our school and is also a great opportunity to gather views, opinions, suggestions and offers of support. We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer the questions below to show that you agree that this unique provision is right for the children in our area.
Thank you very much.
For more information and updates please visit www.glendinninghouseacademy.co.uk