About our school

Pupils needs and admissions

Pupils’ Needs and Admission Criteria

Waverley is a co-educational, all age school, maintained by the London Borough of Enfield. We educate students aged 3-19 with profound and complex learning difficulties and severe learning difficulties.  There are usually 8 students in each class but numbers can vary slightly according to individual needs. Each class is usually taught by a teacher and three or four teaching assistants. The main school is divided into four departments, Primary 1 (Year 1–year 2/3 ) Primary 2 ( year 3 – 5/6) Secondary 3 ( year 6- year 9) Secondary 4 ( year 9/10- year 14).  Our Pre-school caters for the needs of pupils aged 3 to 5 years old. Within each department classes are grouped depending on which model of teaching best suits the students. Admissions are managed by the London Borough of Enfield. All pupils must have a statement of educational need or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). CONTACT Enfield SEN 0208 379 3364.

School Building and Facilities

Our main school is a single-storey building, equipped with 13 classrooms, as well as specialist rooms for Art and Music. Each classroom has a shared individual learning space and each department has a kitchen. Each department has toilets located near the classrooms. We also have a swimming pool, a training pool, a hydro pool, a sand and water room, a library, an IT suite, a sensory room, a soft play room and a sensory gym. We have three playgrounds which are divided into departments to enable age appropriate play. We have a gymnasium and two therapy rooms. We have a meeting room and family room, nurses room and therapy offices. We have gardens for planting and two sensory gardens one of which has a memory tree.

Our Pre-school is located offsite, in a purpose build building, accessible to wheelchairs, equipped with 3 classrooms, a kitchen and meeting rooms.

Early Years (Pre-school)

At the Pre-school we follow the Foundation Stage curriculum and learning and development is categorised into three prime areas of learning. We feel that these three areas are the most important and essential to the development of our pupils.

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

In addition there are four specific areas of learning which we teach through topic based activities:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

We ensure that equal opportunities are provided for each pupil to enable them access to learning and teaching styles which respond to their individuality and recognise their personal achievements and that also reflects their cultural background.

One of the main overarching principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework is that “children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs”.  Here at Waverley the classrooms are organised so that each Area of Learning is accessible at all times and pupils are encouraged to access these areas with as much independence as possible but due to the differing physical needs of many of our pupils most of the Free play provision is adult led with a high emphasis on pupils choice making and communication during these times.


We have a significant number of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of these pupils also have additional sensory impairments and physical and medical needs. The priority for our pupils is to be able to learn to understand, predict, control and enjoy their world. Communication is at the core of all learning; interacting, expressing likes and dislikes, learning to attract attention and to request ‘more/finished’ are skills that are embedded into learning and practised throughout the day. Learning for these pupils is delivered in exciting multi-sensory ways designed to motivate, reward and inspire. Having our PMLD pupils based in designated classes has really ensured we are able to create the appropriate learning environments for this group of sensory learners. We ensure our PMLD pupils meet their peers daily in the playground and at Departmental and whole school events weekly.

Main School Curriculum

At Waverley school we have four curricula

* Pre-formal curriculum

*Cross-curricular curriculum

*Subject specific curriculum

*Adapted curriculum

Our Pre-formal curriculum, has been designed for learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). Although some consideration has been given to overlaps and links with mainstream school subjects, it has been developed around the starting point of PMLD need, rather than from a forced attempt to make what is traditionally offered by schools “accessible”. Four key areas of learning are “taught” via a vast array of opportunities. The fundamental structure underpinning the Pre-formal curriculum are the twin pillars of communication and cognition (Dr Penny Lacey [in preparation], Educational Provision for Pupils with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (Research Report for Mencap). All pupils are learning to communicate and to think and learn. At the Pre-formal stage, “communication” and “cognition” form half of the curriculum. The other half consists of “physical development”,  and “personal development” (including self care and independence). There is no mention of National Curriculum subjects, although pupils use some subject areas, such as the arts, physical education and the humanities, to provide the contexts for their learning. These subjects are part of a thematic approach to the curriculum adopted by the whole school or whole department.

Our staff

Waverley staff have developed an understanding and an expertise of working with students with the most profound and complex needs. Our staff work as a team of teachers, teaching assistants, care co-ordinator, family support worker, art therapist, music therapist, peripatetic teachers for the hearing and visually impaired. All members of our team work collaboratively to ensure best practice is provided for the students. Each class teacher is responsible for the day to day pastoral and educational needs of the students in the class.

Working with other agencies

Staff work closely with a range of other professionals in order to meet the individual needs of the students including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists school nurse, paediatrician, dietician, wheelchair services, social workers. We also work closely with mainstream colleagues supporting the inclusion of students in mainstream ( see outreach). We encourage mainstream schools to make links with us. We have integration afternoons with mainstream pupils from Suffolk’s school and Kingfisher school.

Waverley Parents

We enjoy working with families. For our students to develop their skills and knowledge we believe families hold the key. Partnership with families is a two-way process, exchanging ideas with each other enables our students to practice their new found skills at school and home. The partnerships  created in the Pre-school builds over the students’ time at Waverley main school and together we can maximise the students’ learning. We hold regular coffee morning and training workshops designed to meet the social and academic needs of our families. Families attend annual reviews , meet the teacher days and open days not to mention activities organised by WASP (Waverley Association of Special People). We encourage all our families to join WASP or think about becoming governors.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

We have been awarded Healthy School status – Gold. Our catering team works hard to offer tasty, healthy lunchtime meals. Our speech and language therapist works closely with class teams and play leaders to ensure staff have the skills to feed students who are learning to manage their food. Staff are able to support students who require feeds through gastro sites.


We believe that every Waverley student has the potential to develop and learn new skills
We believe that every Waverley student has the potential to develop and learn new skills