Ellern Mede School has been rated “Outstanding” consecutively and provides therapeutic learning for 41 boys and girls aged 8 to 18 years in a small, safe environment. Many students who come to the school have self-excluded from mainstream school for a variety of reasons including anxiety, school phobia and bullying.
Academic staff cover a broad curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Spanish, French and German. An Inclusion Lead supervises student engagement, assessment and identifies future learning pathways.
The school follows the national curriculum with personalised timetables for all students so they can work at their own pace. We offer opportunities for mainstream inclusion through links and partnership with local colleges. Students are supported in very small class sizes and the curriculum is tailored to meet their needs and abilities.
The highly specialist, therapeutic educational team works closely with the multi-disciplinary medical and mental health resources of the Ellern Mede children’s specialist services.
Staff mentor students throughout their time at the school, and work directly at home and with families to encourage a positive relationship between the family, student and school.
All students are referred to the school through their local authority or privately by their parents. On referral, the school will make a decision to offer a placement based on the child’s or young person’s need.
Dedicated contacts in the school
Adel Shirbini – Head Teacher
Marta Watroba – School Secretary
Phone: 020 8959 7774
Involving students and families
Students and families are invited to the school, to discuss needs and expectations, as part of the admission process. There are regular progress meetings held, with all stakeholders expected to attend. It is at these meetings where the views of students and families are heard. Throughout their time at the school there are regular opportunities to discuss progress and concerns.
Measuring students’ progress, achievement and accreditation
All students’ prior performance data is gathered from their mainstream school. Each student receives a personalised timetable and an Individualised Education Plan (IEP), highlighting their goals and ambitions. A key teacher is appointed to each child or young person, and they will be the main point of contact for families, home school and other stakeholders.
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Support and training for school staff
All staff are compliant with the latest Safeguarding and Child Protection Regulations, and have access to a comprehensive range of internal and external training opportunities. Staff are encouraged to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which may include undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The small school is split across three sites: Ellern Mede Ridgeway, Ellern Mede Barnet and Ellern Mede Hendon, with a further development underway in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Ellern Mede school sites have designated curriculum learning areas, outside and offsite recreation facilities. The school has high-quality security systems in place.