Secondary 4 focuses on promoting independence, life skills, and giving our students new and exciting experiences. We offer a variety of activities that are linked to our bespoke Waverley School Curriculum. We pride ourselves in promoting many forms of communication (PODD, Makaton, Eye Gaze, use of Symbols) and encourage all students to have their own voice and make informed choices. We provide opportunities for real-life work experiences at Zebra’s cafe, West Lea Charity Shop, and Enfield North London Foodbank. Pre covid.
We will continue to explore and introduce new work possibilities for our students within the local community. We provide our students with fantastic sporting opportunities including dance (with an experienced Step into Dance Teacher), Panthalon events each year (we are the reigning champions!), and links with Tottenham Hotspur football club. The Leavers Class focuses on preparing students for adult life and what the future holds for them. We have very positive links with family, social workers, professionals, and external providers (Day Centres and Colleges) and as a team, we all work together to ensure each student is supported and placed appropriately in a suitable adult provision when they leave school at aged 19.
Oak Class offers a fun, vibrant, and stimulating environment in which students are encouraged to be independent as possible. They have access to computers, tablets and Ipads, which all encourage the use of the internet, playing games and exploring educational apps. Students are encouraged to communicate in many ways using a range of AAC, which include; the use of PODD books, symbols, PECS, alphabet flip chart files and photos are consistently promoted each and every day. Some students will go to our West Lea School Shop, Jubilee food bank or the Zebra cafe for work experience, enjoying the opportunity to learn in a new environment. Many students enjoy taking part in the Panathlon, Step into Dance, and Tottenham Hotspur Football Coaching, as well as in-school activities including swimming, hydrotherapy, and trampolining. Students who require physiotherapy receive regular sessions appropriate to their individual programmes, again supported by class staff as well as physiotherapists based in school. All students' medical, physical, and behavioural needs are addressed and strategies devised at the beginning of each year, working closely with parents we ensure that each student is working to the best of their potential. We firmly believe in having an ‘open’ class and welcome parents to visit and see all the amazing things we do!
Redwood class is known as the ‘Leavers’ class and is fully focused on supporting all students to prepare for adult life after Waverley School. In our student’s final school year we will focus on supporting them into an appropriate adult placement (Day Centre, College, supported living, residential provision). We provide them with the opportunity to gain accreditation in some AQA Units of Work where appropriate and promote life skills, communication and independence at all times. We want our students to leave happy, confident and excited with the prospect of a future that is going to meet their individual needs. Parental relationships and communication is very important in the final year and we will have regular meetings to discuss how things are progressing with transition into adult services. Some students will continue to work at the West Lea Shop, Zebra’s Cafe, and Enfield Foodbank. We will access exciting leisure activities and sports competitions such as Panathlon, Step into Dance, and Tottenham Hotspur Football Coaching. We will continue to provide extensive physiotherapy, swimming and hydrotherapy programmes for all students, as well as ensure they receive changes of position in appropriate equipment every day. Communication will continue to be promoted through the use of PODD Books, computers, Ipads, signing, symbols and verbal means. It will be a busy year in Redwood and all staff are fully focused on making it a successful year for all concerned! Please come and visit us when you can...we love to see you all.
In Beech class, we are a friendly and happy class who work hard on our communication and physical skills within a topic based curriculum. Exploration of the world indoors and out are important to us as we practice our life skills. Our new bespoke Waverley Curriculum allows us to focus on the needs of each of our individual young people. We use PODD, and objects of reference to support our communication and use them to make choices, express our wishes, and chat throughout the day. We also use switches to create cause and effect and control our environment. There’s nothing we love more than a noisy leaf blower or a bubble machine. We have a lot of fun during the day, in our dramas, music sessions, intensive interactions, sensory stories, and physio which is integrated throughout the school day as well as in the pool for hydro. We work and play together, building great relationships – come and see us!
Larch class is a fun and lively class. We work using a range of routine and structure and practical sessions to help us to become as independent as possible. We encourage the pupils to work together to help develop friendships and independence. We use exercise and physical activities to help us prepare to learn. We encourage positive communication from all students and regularly use PODD, Makaton, and symbols to ensure all our students are making their own choices and decisions. We are an open class so please come and see us in action, just give us a call first to let us know when you would like to visit.