Claremont School

School Aims



At Claremont we aim to:

  • provide a safe, nurturing, enjoyable, yet challenging ethos that enables learners to develop as independent individuals
  • treat and respect each learner as an individual providing a personalised learning pathway where progress is continually reviewed and celebrated.

  • support families in their understanding and expectations of their child and  provide opportunities that support them to engage in their child’s learning.

  • develop effective, functional communication by providing each learner with the tools, skills and opportunity to be heard

  • develop and maintain physical abilities at a level achievable for each individual, recognising each individuals need for time to respond

  • provide engaging and challenging learning opportunities that promote independence in all aspects of life, within the school, local and wider community

The Key Skills for Claremont Leavers are defined as 

  • Functional communication
  • Physical control
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Skills for life 

There are core skills that underpin the development of all the Key Skills and these are 

  • concentration
  • motivation
  • self control and adaptation of behaviour
  • self help, independence and initiative
  • the ability to interact and make relationships

Functional Communication (FC) 

When a child leaves Claremont they will be able to:

  • express their needs and wants
  • make choices
  • communicate appropriately with range of people including their peers
  • communicate appropriately in a range of situations, including the wider community 

We aim to achieve this by providing 

  1. pupils with the need and motivation to communicate
  2. the appropriate means of communication for each individual and for different situations e.g. class or community use
  3. time and encouragement for pupils to respond
  4. someone or something to react to their response
  5. routine and repetition within variety and change to promote transference of communication skills
  6. working closely with families to support the above
  7. opportunities to communicate with peers, staff and the wider community including at home
  8. individual education plans derived and delivered by a multi-professional team that  are open to each pupils unique expressive communication method
  9. an individual programme that is incorporated into daily routine and class room activities where ever possible 

Physical Control (PC) 

When a child leaves Claremont they will have developed 

  • control of themselves to enable them to be comfortable and position themselves to perform various functions
  • control of the environment
  • mobility within different environments 
  • ICT access for learning and leisure 

We aim to achieve this by providing 

  1. individual education plans  derived and delivered by a multi-professional team  including physio, hydro, occupational and rebound therapy activities
  2. an individual programme that is incorporated into daily routine and class room activities where ever possible
  3. a contemporary range of equipment to promote independence and control
  4. personal passports with details of communication methods that indicate physical discomfort and of positioning and Manual Handling needs
  5. close links with parents and carers to ensure consistent and practical approach
  6. models of appropriate behaviour  and guidance for the use of control equipment

Confidence and Self Esteem (CSE)

When a child leaves Claremont they will have developed 

  • increased confidence with familiar and unfamiliar adults and their peers
  • willingness to communicate in range of situations with a range of people
  • an enjoyment of learning and life
  • a feeling of value in all communities
  • the ability to adapt behaviour to different social situations

We aim to achieve this by providing 

  1. time for pupils to express themselves
  2. adults who are skilled at interpreting individual pupils communication efforts and clear information for those who are less familiar
  3. controlled opportunities for pupils to take risks and make mistakes
  4. an ethos that values all efforts, not just the expected ones but gives firm guidance on appropriate and acceptable behaviour
  5. opportunities to learn outside the classroom, both within and outside of school and in the wider community
  6. opportunities to learn and play alongside their peers, both within Claremont and in mainstream settings, as appropriate to the individual
  7. a School Council so all pupils have a voice in the future of the school  

Skills for Life (SL) 

When a child leaves Claremont they will have developed 

  • independence skills, including taking responsibility for their own actions
  • knowledge and skills to learn to help themselves
  • concentration and self motivation
  • ICT skills for  practical and leisure activities
  • active learning skills such as  investigation, curiosity and questioning
  • problem solving  and  thinking skills
  • literacy and numeracy skills for practical application, learning for life and to give greater self esteem  

We aim to achieve this by providing 

  1. a curriculum that reflects the needs of the pupils and provides opportunities for learning outside the classroom and the development of skills for life
  2. age appropriate and motivating resources
  3. transition plans for leavers
  4. effective multi agency working
  5. highly qualified and experienced staff who work closely together and with families
  6. learning opportunities that extend beyond the school day