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"Becoming the best you can be"
We work with children and young people aged 7-19 across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges and use our knowledge, experience and expertise to help them ‘become the best they can be’. Common diagnoses and learner profiles amongst our students include ADHD, PDA, FASD, Autism and Attachment Disorder.
We are proud to have received an Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas across the school (March 2018) and have been Ofsted Social Care Outstanding for 13 consecutive years.
We aim to surpass our outstanding specialist provision; maximise its skills, expertise, knowledge, resources and environment to guarantee impact. We strive to ensure pioneering research and innovative delivery across SEN which maximises the attainment and progress of all students and ensures the social return of investment. We endeavour to become the hub of SEMH provision in the north of England, developing SEN services beyond our drive and impacting locally, regionally and nationally.
We primarily offer Day and Residential Education/Care over four nights a week from our school in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, although we can also accommodate flexible Extended Day placements and bespoke learning pathways in our specialist environment. We provide a 24 hour, integrated curriculum with sensory strategies, communication interventions, exceptional therapeutic services and family outreach.
We promote a positive sense of self, high aspirations and endless opportunities to achieve outstanding outcomes. We plant the foundations for health, happiness and growth by building strength, confidence and resilience, a like for learning and a tool box to help manage life’s challenges. We teach right from wrong, a positive mind-set and the belief and value of a ‘can do’ approach. We aim for our children to become respectful citizens who have the ability to form healthy relationships and contribute to society, through social and moral purpose and economic responsibility. All our young people are offered bespoke transition to adulthood, College or University.
The school has received numerous awards this academic year, including winning the Examiner Award for SEN school of the year and was also commended in both the ‘Shine a Light Awards’ and the ‘Education Business Awards’. One of our students won Gold at the ‘Engage Schools Awards’ for outstanding personal achievement.
The school functions as a mutually beneficial community, where staff and students experience everyday life alongside each other (we raise thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities). We are passionate and committed to sharing our practice and providing school to school support. Further publications, conference appearances, teaching commitments and research related to ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma are current projects.
Beyond our doorstep, the school has a presence as a national and international centre of excellence within the SEN sector. We regularly present at conferences and universities in the fields of Education, Mental Health and our Psychotherapy team is considered as leading the field in working with complex and developmental trauma in the UK. We are heavily involved with national memberships such as Engage, Sebda and NASS and have been active in setting up and hosting the NASS Teaching and Learning peer review group across the North. We make a valuable contribution, including consultancy, specialist training and support to schools requiring improvement and, advice to other social care provisions locally, regionally and nationally.
We hope you find our website informative and engaging. If you have any questions about our website or School, then please call us on 01484 710 123, or visit our contact us page for full details.
Parents and carers can also give their views of our school to Ofsted by completing their Parent View Questionnaire. Just click on the image below and follow the instructions. You can also see what other parents/carers think about our school.
If you have any concerns relating to your child’s health and wellbeing or you are at all worried that your child may be being radicalised you can pass these on via the school telephone number or refer them on the form below. The school’s Child Protection/Safeguarding leads can also be contacted as follows:
Damien Talbot (Designated Safeguarding Lead): Damien.email@example.com
FOR 24 HOUR EMERGENCY NUMBER SEE CONTACTS SECTION
Ann Ashton (Child Protection Officer): firstname.lastname@example.org
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William Henry Smith School News
- Retired Principal awarded OBE
Mr Brendan Heneghan – Order of British Empire Medal (OBE) – New Year’s Honours List
Happy Christmas from all at WHSS
- NASS Trustee Nomination
Deputy Principal elected to Board
- NASS Annual Conference 2018
Ex-student speaks at annual conference.
- PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY 2018
School hosts its annual Prize Giving Ceremony
Latest Calendar Events
- Student Voice22Jan2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- Sheeran Learning Group at Sunnyvale23Jan2019
- Super Learning Day – Martin Haigh - Year 8 – stereotyping / gender29Jan2019
- Student Voice29Jan2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- Sheeran Learning Group at Sunnyvale30Jan2019