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January 16, 2024 in General news, Our people, Student life

Undershaw receives Eco-schools’ prestigious Green Flag Award

We all care about the environment and like to think we ‘do our bit’, but what if we feel that our bit isn’t quite enough?  What if we could also…
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January 9, 2024 in Events, Our people, Student life

Essential Life Skills on display at our Christmas Fayre

The Mayor of Haslemere opens the Undershaw Christmas Fayre and receives his own Skills Award from one of the avid student Skills Spotters! Mayor Jerome Davidson was awarded his ‘Speaking’…
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October 10, 2023 in General news, Our people, Student life

Undershaw receives national Flagship Award

We have had the most wonderful start to our 2023-2024 academic year with the news that we have been awarded Flagship status from the Skills Builder Partnership. The Undershaw Employability…
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Therapy

An integrated therapy programme is one of the main pillars of our provision at Undershaw.

Effective, relevant and focussed therapeutic support is imperative for many of our students’ Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Therapy underpins the ability to learn in a classroom-based environment and to develop autonomy alongside interdependence.

Katy Astles, Undershaw’s Head of Therapy and an associate member of the SLT, leads her team from a range of specialisms such as:
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dramatherapy
  • A Therapy Assistant

What is Occupational Therapy?

“Occupational therapy helps you live your best life at home, at work – and everywhere else. It’s about being able to do the things you want and have to do. That could mean helping you overcome challenges learning at school, going to work, playing sport or simply doing the dishes. Everything is focused on increasing independence and wellbeing. It’s also a science-based, health and social care profession that’s regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council”. (Royal College of Occupational Therapists, 2022)

What is Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)?

“Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and language therapists (SaLTs) are allied health professionals. They work with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.” (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, 2022)

What is Dramatherapy?

“Dramatherapy is a form of Psychotherapy. Dramatherapists are both clinicians and artists that draw on their knowledge of theatre and therapy to use as a medium for psychological therapy that may include drama, story-making, music, movement, and art; to work with any issue that has presented itself.” (British Association of Dramatherapists, 2020)

The Undershaw Way

Undershaw provides a high quality and integrative therapy service to our students, guided by a three-tiered model of therapy (see link below for further details). Within this system, therapy is integrated into the whole school curriculum, for example therapy programmes, strategies and techniques, as well as individual one to one or small group therapy sessions. The level of input depends on the students’ EHCP, the needs assessed by the therapy team and the individual pathway that each student is following. The evidence and literature from a range of sources around the world increasingly promotes a collaborative and educationally relevant approach to this model of therapy, which is empowering for all students, staff and families.

Integrated Therapy

Therapy underpins the ability to learn in a classroom-based environment and to develop autonomy alongside interdependence.  The multidisciplinary approach at Undershaw ensures students are equipped to develop essential life skills, make and maintain friendships, develop social understanding and the functional independence necessary for their full and independent lives beyond the school gates.

Therapists: intrinsic to school life

Therapists work with students on a one-to-one basis, in small groups, and in the classroom. Therapy is an intrinsic part of everyday school life. The Therapy team work collaboratively with the staff team, providing specialist advice and support within a range of activities and lessons.

The Therapy Team is fully integrated into the Undershaw staff team and takes part in break time and lunch time duties providing structured play and role modelling.

The communication between Home and School is vital to the development of our students and to their therapy interventions. Therapists are heavily involved in the Annual Review process for each student and the weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team planning sessions. These ensure each lesson and Form Time is tailored to meet the needs of each child.

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What they're saying

‘Undershaw is a shining example of best practice in skills education. Congratulations to all involved'

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

A strong focus on developing key life and employability skills in the sixth form ensures that pupils are well prepared personally, as well as academically, for the next stages of education or employment.

OFSTED ReportFeb 2022

The Undershaw students are just so lovely and friendly. I’m impressed how hard working and mature they are.

SarahCafé Manager, Haslewey Community Centre

It was a delight to meet your students: full of questions and curiosity. It’s clearly a lovely school.

Kate Perry, BBC Journalistand Undershaw Careers Week Speaker

The staff at Undershaw have created a lifelong strategy for students, ensuring that they have the essential skills needed to succeed.

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

Thanks for the confidence in me.

Undershaw Alumnus

Honestly the change in him has been amazing. We feel very fortunate to have got into Undershaw. Such a great school with fantastic staff & teachers.

Undershaw Parent

The school has been amazing and has transformed my son in so many ways into the happy and confident 16yr old he is today.

Undershaw Parent

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Respect

Undershaw is an inclusive community which is based on mutual respect.  Everyone is valued and their uniqueness celebrated.

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Kindness

Undershaw is a caring and considerate school. We look after each other wholeheartedly, fostering meaningful and compassionate relationships.

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Resilience

Undershaw is a safe space for all, where we can take risks. We support each other to keep going and believe in ourselves when we try new things.

Read about our Curriculum