Sam Newton, our Director of Education, with a child from the Children's Trust

A special school for special people

The Children's Trust School is for children aged 2-19 with severe brain injury, whose needs are so complex that
they require specialist support that could never be offered in mainstream school. What makes our school special is that children not only have teachers, but a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff too.

Our talented team combine their expertise to support each child with their intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. We call this an integrated approach, and each child’s school day is tailored to their needs.

41 children attend the school and some pupils live on-site too. Our residential houses are next door and children have their own bedrooms, communal spaces and all the support they need on hand.

Our school buildings have been adapted to the children’s needs, for example with height adjustable and visually adaptable equipment. Our specialist curriculum has familiar lessons like history and art – and we have a nature trail and playground.

Our integrated approach means that the school day looks a little different too, as rehabilitation is part of the timetable. For example, our aquatic therapy centre offers the opportunity for children to work on physical skills, recover from surgery and receive specialist respiratory or tracheostomy support in the water.

The school has been here for over 35 years and we have some very exciting plans for the site, which are currently at planning permission stage. We will share more news in future editions of inspire.

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