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December 1, 2021 in DFN Charitable Foundation, Post 16, Student life

Undershaw Partners with Disability Rights UK

Through our work with DFN Project Search, Undershaw has been approached by Disability Rights UK as the national charity looks to our young people to represent the voice of a…
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November 11, 2021 in Fundraising, General news, Post 16, Student life, Trips

Undershaw Remembers

'They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in…
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November 4, 2021 in General news, Our people, Parent events

“Tell us, we’re listening…”

Undershaw breaks new ground with Reverse Parents Evenings   The traditional view of parents evenings is that it is an opportunity for parents and carers to listen to a report…
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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.

Nanci Doyle, Head of Health and Therapies, leads her team from a range of specialisms such as:

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy (including Sensory Integration Therapy)

  • Physiotherapy

  • Psychotherapy (including Dramatherapy and Art Therapy)

  • School Nursing

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.

Integrated Therapy

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. For example, we begin our week with PSHE where the Therapy Team lead on Regulation Activities. As stakeholders in their own success and well-being, pupils choose how they spend this time and are free to make use of some of our extensive facilities (our Hydrotherapy Pool or gym equipment) or base themselves outdoors in our idyllic surroundings. The Therapy team oversee the wide range of physical activities on offer, whilst Group Therapy and Social Communication Skills is overseen by Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT) and Emotional Therapists.

Daily Therapy Programmes

Many students have tailored Daily Therapy Programmes designed by therapists and delivered by specialist teaching assistants. 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.

Communication and Feedback

The communication between Home and School is vital to the success of our child-centric model. 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.

Our Specialist Approach
Parent Testimonials

I absolutely have my trust in the leadership team, the wonderful staff and the vision for the school going forward.

Current parent

The emotional support and advice has been wonderful

Year 4 parent

I’m thrilled both my children get to reap the benefits of such a high quality education

Year 4 parent

She’s made friends and really looks forward to coming to school.

Post 16 parent

Our daughter commented to me after her first day that the difference in atmosphere was enormous.

Post 16 parent

Whilst supporting the students with such a fantastic provision, we have certainly felt encouraged as parents too

Year 4 parent

J has felt able to put her trust in the school from her very first day.

Post 16 parent

At all times our family felt supported.

Post 16 parent

E has many years ahead of him at Undershaw and I am excited about the opportunities he is going to get.

Year 4 parent

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