Courtlands is an amazing place to come with a real feel of positivity, acceptance and camaraderie. As you walk around the building you see smiling children loving their learning and behaving exceptionally well. You see therapies many schools do not offer and a curriculum that invents and interests. You see learning organised to meet the developmental needs of the children and we have the confidence to buck the trend, stand out, and to aim for the outstanding.
As a special school we cater for primary aged children who have Moderate Learning Difficulties, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and other complex needs. This means that our children are academically below what you might normally expect for a child of their age, usually by two to three years. Within this there is a very wide range of needs, such as children with mild medical issues, developmental disorders such as ADHD and Dyspraxia, mild Autism and speech and language difficulties. All of the children have an Education, Health and Care Plan, and are given a place here by the Local Authority. We have a maximum of 75 children here at any one time ranging in age from 4 to 11 years old.
We have small classes of no more than ten children with lots of adult support so that the children's difficulties are no longer limiting their progress. We look at the whole child and help them to to get better all round. This means that we help them to socialise, eat and play independently, become more active and have better coordination. We help them to learn to swim, ride a bike and look after themselves in every way. Our children make excellent progress and really enjoy coming here - often the first time they have ever enjoyed their school.
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