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Inspired Learners School is Now Launched

The Inspired Learners School is a fully registered and approved learning environment, and we’re actively taking admissions for new learners throughout 2023 and beyond. This has been an ambitious but natural next step in our journey to support children, their parents and our community

The Inspired Learners School Launched as of September 2023

At Inspired Learners we are a group of specialist educational tutors and trainers who engage and support children with additional learning needs – it’s our specialism.

Based in Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan we’ve been serving our community for more than 6 years. During that time we’ve been regularly encouraged to take on ambitious initiatives, one of which is formally registering as a school. In 2023, we’re taking on that challenge.

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A Highly Dedicated and Skilled Team

Our dedicated team of inspirers are experienced at using their skills to build relationships that help nurture the learner within them.

As a school we’ll embody the same ethos of inspiration, engagement, nurturing and growth for every pupil. We’re naturally inclusive and unnaturally dedicated, so we know our pupils and our team will thrive with the stability and continuity a formal registration as a school will bring.

Hayley Rees Head Teacher Inspired Learners School

Headteacher’s Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our school, where we are committed to providing a supportive and nurturing learning environment that enables every pupil to flourish. Our school is a place where we celebrate diversity and embrace differences, and where we believe that every individual has the potential to achieve great things.

At our school, we place a strong emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of our pupils. We understand that in order to learn effectively, pupils need to feel safe, valued, and supported. That’s why we have created an empathic and trauma-informed environment that is designed to help all pupils overcome
any barriers to learning they may face.

Our staff are dedicated to building strong, trusting relationships with our pupils, and we recognise that these relationships are crucial to pupil engagement. We combine the best features of a special school and alternative provision to provide a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that makes school unmissable. We use a person-centred approach to goal-setting and curriculum design to ensure that all pupils are active participants in their own personal development and learning.

We are passionate about seeking out and employing innovative educational practice and therapeutic frameworks to best support pupils to thrive academically and personally. We believe that this approach sets our school apart and enables us to provide a truly unique educational experience for our pupils.

I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and working together to ensure the success and wellbeing of our students.

Warmest regards

Hayley Rees

Head Teacher

Our Vision

To provide an inclusive and nurturing learning environment where pupils can thrive in both personal wellbeing and academic achievement, leaving school better prepared for a happy, healthy and successful future.

The Principles and Values that underpin our Vision:

  • We provide an empathic and trauma-informed environment that supports all pupils in overcoming their barriers to learning.
  • We recognise that nurturing, consistent and trusting relationships with emotionally available adults are fundamental to pupil engagement.
  • We combine the best features of a special school and alternative provision to provide a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that makes school unmissable.
  • We use a person-centred approach to goal-setting and curriculum design to ensure that all pupils are active participants in their own personal development and learning.
  • Our passionate staff seek out and employ innovative educational practice and therapeutic frameworks to best support pupils to thrive academically and personally.

The Inspired Curriculum

The Inspired Curriculum is founded on the principles of inclusion, positive emotional well-being, and personal growth, underpinned by a trauma-informed, therapeutic and nurturing approach with support from our Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Our curriculum includes all the planned activities that aim to promote learning, positive wellbeing and personal growth and development:

  • Our curriculum begins with the recognition that only when pupils have developed nurturing, trusting relationships in a safe environment can they thrive, make progress and overcome their barriers to learning.
  • All pupils follow a continuous, progressive curriculum where they are allowed to progress at their own pace, taking into account where they are in their therapeutic journey, their stage of personal development and prior academic learning.
  • Pupil in years 5 to 9 follow a thematic curriculum in line with the Curriculum For Wales
    Areas of Learning and Experience with increasing opportunities for accreditation as they progress through the school.
  • When pupils reach years 10 and 11 they will have greater opportunity for accredited
    outcomes as they prepare for independence and transition to post-16 opportunities.
    Pupils follow a Learning Core of English, Maths, ICT, PSE, and Personal Development and Employability in addition to individual optional areas of learning.

The School Day

At our school, we believe that a structured and consistent daily routine is important for our pupils to feel safe, valued, and supported. Our school day equates to 25 hours provision per week.

9:15Registration
9:20Morning Check-in / Regulation Activities
9:40Session 1
10:25Session 2
11:10Break
11:25Session 3
12:10Session 4
12:55Lunch
1:15Registration
1:20Session 5
2:05Session 6
2:50End of Day Debrief
3:00End of School Day
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Half Term
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Autumn 2023Monday 4th SeptemberMonday 30th OctoberFriday 3rd NovemberFriday 22nd December
Spring 2024Monday 8th
January
Monday 12th
February
Friday 16th
February
Friday 22th
March
Summer 2024Monday 8th
April
Monday 27th MayFriday 31th
May
Monday 22th
July

Term Dates

Significant dates:

Christmas: Monday 25 December 2023

Good Friday: 29 March 2024

Easter Monday: 1 April 2024

May Bank Holidays: Monday 6 May 2024 and Monday 27 May 2024

INSET Days:

Mon 4 Sept 2023 and *Monday 22 July 2024 will be designated INSET. The remaining four
INSET days will be taken at the discretion of the school following appropriate consultation.

All schools will be closed on Monday 6 May 2024 for the May Day Bank Holiday.

*It is intended that this INSET Day will either be taken on Mon 22 July 2024 or at an
alternative time for example in the form of twilight sessions.

Admissions – Register Your Interest

Age Range: The Inspired Learners School accepts pupils from ages 9-16.

Primary Need: Pupils will have a primary SEMH need relating to anxiety or depression that significantly impacts their ability to attend school.

ALN: Pupils with IDPs, EAL and SpLDs requiring specialist, small group support.

Prior School Experience: Pupils must have a documented history of school avoidance or poor attendance/engagement due to anxiety.

Behavioural Expectations: Pupils must be able to adhere to behavioural expectations, including respectful and cooperative behaviour with staff and peers.

Collaboration with Parents/Carers: Parents or carers must agree to their child’s placement at our school to collaborate with the school to support their child’s attendance and progress in school.

Space Availability: Admission is subject to space availability at the school.

Please Note: Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and require review of the pupil’s school history, risk assessment, attendance and behavioural records as well as a comprehensive induction interview with the pupil and their family. The school reserves the right to decline admission if it is determined that the school is not the appropriate placement for the pupil.

Safeguarding

The health, safety and welfare of our pupils is of paramount importance to us, all members of staff are very clear about their responsibility to keep children safe and also the ways in which they can support children in having a proportionate response to risk.

We give our responsibilities with regard to child protection and safeguarding high priority and maximum attention. All staff and volunteers hold a current DBS check and all visitors to school sign in, wear identification and unless they have an enhanced DBS are accompanied by a member of staff whilst they are on the school site.

Additionally, risk assessments for visits outside school and unusual activities held within school are completed in accordance with LA procedures.

The school is a child protection agency and has a duty to refer to Social Services and/or the Police any actual or suspected incidents of child abuse.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your child or other children in the school community, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of school staff.

If you wish to see a copy of our child protection and safeguarding policy please call into the school office.

Hayley Rees Teaching Inspired Learners

Designated School Safeguarding Lead

Director and Lead Specialist Teacher

Hayley Rees

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Lower School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lower School Lead Specialist Teacher

Aimee Beth Jones

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Upper School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Upper School Lead Specialist Teacher

Anna Ferriday

Hayley Rees Head Teacher Inspired Learners School

Designated School Safeguarding Lead

Director and Lead Specialist Teacher

Hayley Rees

Our team

Hayley Rees

Hayley Rees

Head Teacher

Specialist Teacher, ALNCo and Head Teacher


Upper School

Anna Ferriday

Lead Specialist Teacher

Catrin Hughes

Specialist Teaching Assistant


Lower School

Aimee-Beth Jones

Lead Specialist Teacher

Alison Davies

Specialist Teaching Assistant


Ann-Marie Jones

Specialist HLTA


Outreach & Additional Support

Therese Watkins

Specialist Teaching Assistant

Getting in Touch

If you’d like to know any more about the inspired learners school, we’d love for you to get in touch with us with your questions, support or registering your interest.

Please contact Hayley Rees, Head Teacher at Inspired Learners School

Email: Hayley@inspired-learners.co.uk

Tel: +44 7706 415651