About our school

Pupils needs and admissions

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 9 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-schools caters for the needs of pupils aged 3 to 5/6 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.

We have a significant number of pupils who 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 pupils based in designated classes has really ensured we are able to create the appropriate learning environments for this group of learners. We ensure our pupils meet their peers daily in the playground and at Departmental and whole school events weekly (prior to covid restrictions)

Link to virtual tour mainsite – 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 two Pre-school are located nearby, in purpose build buildings, accessible to wheelchairs, equipped with 2 classrooms, each have a kitchen and meeting rooms.

Early Years 

At the Pre-school we have developed our own highly adapted curriculum,  which directly meets the range of needs of the pupils who attend.   The main areas of the curriculum are:

  • * Communication
  • * Physical and sensory development
  • * Personal, social and emotional development
  • * Cognition and Learning (including Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design)

Our curriculum focuses on providing highly-motivating activities which encourage children to engage and participate.  

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.  

Our Early Years provision is split across two sites: Waverley @ Honilands and Waverley @ Bell Lane.  Both sites are close to the main school site. Nursery pupils attend for 2.5 days (15 hours) per week.  Nursery and Reception pupils attend on a full-time basis (Mon to Fri 9.00am – 3.00pm).  Pupils are placed in a class group of 9 children and are supported by a teacher and 5 teaching assistants.

Link to virtual tour – Waverley@Honilands

Waverley @ Honilands is our provision for pupils aged 3-6 with complex needs.  Occupational, Speech and Physio therapists visit weekly.  

Many children have additional physical needs.  All specialist equipment which is required by individual pupils is provided. 

Link to virtual tour – Waverley@Bell Lane

Waverley @ Bell Lane is specialist provision for children aged 3-6 with autism.  This is new provision and opened in September 2020.

Link to Main School Curriculum

At Waverley school we have developed a bespoke curriculum.

Our staff

Waverley staff have developed an understanding and an expertise of working with students with the most complex needs. Our staff work as a team of teachers, teaching assistants, care co-ordinator,  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. (prior covide 19 restrictions).

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-schools 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. We encourage all our families to  think about becoming governors.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

We have been awarded Healthy School status – Platinum. 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