The school’s mission statement is at the heart of the curriculum: Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe. Our vision is to inspire all students to learn with confidence, to help build resilience, and become well rounded individuals with a breadth of knowledge. Our mission statement is what enables our students to learn successfully. This is the difference between doing work and learning long-term concepts that are embedded and can be applied. We offer a flexible, personalised and engaging knowledge-rich skills-based curriculum that is mapped and sequenced to include aspects of the National Curriculum. We are creative with its content, whilst also providing a range of real-life experiences.
At the school, personalisation is the key to everything that we do. Our therapeutic curriculum is matched to the individual needs of students, whilst considering particular SEND needs as well as their personal interests. All staff work in such a way that the learning environment is one which is calm and consistent, visually clear and structured, with clear communication to students about what is expected of them, both as individuals and in small groups. This ensures maximum information processing throughout each day allowing students to realise their full potential.
Many students arrive having experienced some form of disruption to their education. Many have had significant gaps in their learning and arrive reluctant readers and writers as well as experiencing a range of emotional barriers to their learning. It is therefore essential that students are reengaged with a curriculum that enables all learners to achieve their full potential, providing a quality educational experience for all.
Teaching and Learning at Manor House School is ambitious for all. Staff are aspirational for all students. Our curriculum aim to equip all students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their individual future and achieve the very best outcomes for all.
At Manor House School, all students will have access to an education that is engaging and personalised, and will encompass a purposeful and ambitious curriculum. We believe that the word ‘curriculum’ should be interpreted in its widest meaning. It is every planned learning experience the students have as a member of the school, to promote intellectual, personal, social, physical, therapeutic and cultural development. It includes content learnt formally within a lesson or informally outside the classroom throughout the whole school day. It is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development and is designed to ensure that students gain experiences in the following areas of learning: linguistic, mathematical, physical, human and social and creative, whilst also providing opportunities for therapeutic and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and cultural capital.
The curriculum is delivered by subject teams of qualified, skilled, empathetic and experienced staff operating in a safe, nurturing and holistic environment.
Our curriculum is implemented through our layered approach and as a result we do not limit opportunity. We aim to ensure that by the time pupils reach the end of Year 11, they are ready to go to college. We work with students in a number of ways to achieve this, such as careers advice and work experience. Pupils who need extra time to be ‘college ready’ are able to continue receiving this support at the school into Year 12 and 13.
The fundamental principle behind Manor House School (MHS) approach is the belief that children’s self-esteem, confidence, and emotional stability can be greatly improved through achievement, both holistic and academic. Children are encouraged and supported to achieve in terms that they recognise as success. As a specialist provision, we view education in an integrated way with equal value and importance placed on therapy, wellbeing support and academic learning. The underlying belief that governs our school development is that learning should be useful, relevant and enjoyable. We fundamentally believe that experiencing achievement will increase our children’s chances of living a happy life as independent, responsible, members of society.