The resource centre provides direct assistance for pupils with a visual impairment so that they can work within main school classes, following the same curriculum as their peers. Assistance varies according to the severity of the pupil's impairment. A team of qualified support staff prepare materials and provide appropriate support during lessons.
The resource centre maintains a range of the latest technology to assist pupils, including talking equipment and specialist computer software to allow students to make full use of computers. Students may be given additional lessons to enable them to use equipment or to "catch-up" with visual concepts used in specific lessons. The centre also has facilities to transcribe Braille and to teach pupils Braille and the various BAUK codes for mathematics, science and other languages as required.
The aim is to include pupils with visual impairment in all normal school activities (both curricular and extracurricular) by providing additional help when needed whilst preserving the individual's independence as much as possible. A mobility officer visits pupils at school and at home to provide training in orientation skills and general mobility. A programme is prepared to meet the needs of each individual including shopping, moving within the local community and travel on public transport.
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Need because of visual impairment are able to attend St Clere's School in order to obtain the additional help required to achieve at secondary level. St Clere's School is regarded as one of the best comprehensive schools in Thurrock and is consequently always oversubscribed for entry at 11.
Parents of a child with visual impairment, wishing to send their child to St Clere's School, should make St Clere's their "chosen secondary school" at their child's statement review in Year 6 of the primary school. They must also complete the Application Form indicating St Clere's School as their choice.
Parents and pupils are encouraged to visit the school and the resource centre so they can discuss their child's needs and assess the suitability of the environment.
|Address:||Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 ONW|
01375 641001 (School)
01375 648974 (Resource)