The Kettlemere Centre is a specialist hub located here on the site of Lakelands Academy for students who have special educational needs in the area of Communication and Interaction, as their main area of difficulty.

 

 

This collaborative centre provide a structured, supportive and controlled learning environment to assist students to overcome their difficulties and any anxieties they may encounter, help to nurture each student to develop their own unique talents and prepare for adult life.

Due to rising numbers of pupils identified with Communication and Interaction difficulties as their primary need within the county, Shropshire Council are establishing a number of Specialist ’Hubs’ based on the site of mainstream schools. These Hubs are to be strategically located across different regions of the county to encourage pupils to remain a part of their local community.

The Kettlemere Centre is the first of these Hubs and is located in the north of the county here on the site of Lakelands Academy. It caters for 24 students who have special educational needs in the area of Communication and Interaction as their main area of difficulty.

 

 

The aim of the Hub is to create a safe, happy and stimulating environment in which students progress academically and develop as confident and resilient members of the community. We consider each child as an individual and provide them with a personalised curriculum that may involve, small group teaching, specialist 1:1 support and integration into mainstream classes. We provide supportive strategies to assist children to overcome their difficulties, and any anxieties they may encounter, on their journey to adulthood. We encourage pupils to develop an awareness both of themselves as individuals and within a group, increasing their self-esteem, emotional stability and acceptability. The dedicated team of staff are committed to providing a structured, supportive and controlled learning environment in which they can help nurture each pupil to develop their own unique talents and prepare for adult life.

 

 

 

 

To achieve the best outcomes for each child here at this Hub, we work collaboratively with families, external agencies and Lakelands Academy. This enables us to consider the holistic needs of the child and access appropriate expertise and resources to implement effective interventions to ensure each child achieves their full potential.

 

 

 

 

Aims and Vision 

At the Kettlemere Centre we aim to:

  • develop Communication and Interaction skills in order to give pupils the capacity to make choices and decisions throughout their lives
  • offer a structured, supportive and safe learning environment for each student
  • deliver a differentiated, flexible and personalised curriculum that capitalises upon individual strengths and interests to inspire our young people to achieve their potential
  • provide students with the key skills necessary for functional development and to achieve beyond what is expected and are empowered to make positive choices about their own lives.
  • work collaboratively with parents, carers, therapeutic services and other stakeholders to enhance expertise to benefit and support our pupils to develop into confident and resilient members of the community.
  • ensure all our young people are treated with dignity and respect
  • promote the emotional wellbeing of our young people through the structured acquisition of skills necessary to be independent and to make a positive, inclusive contribution to their community
  • help our students to understand their own difficulties and develop strategies to help them through every stage of their life

 

Please click here to view our SEND information report.

 

 

Who to Contact

Click here to contact Julie Metcalf, Head of Faculty.

Alternatively please click here to view our staff list, to direct your concern to the appropriate person and then click on the contact button to find the easiest way to direct your concern to us.

 

Admissions

The Kettlemere Centre is a specialist provision for secondary age children with special educational needs (SEN) in the area of Communication and Interaction.

Students accessing the Centre will have either a Statement of SEN or an EHCP and will have found accessing the curriculum within a mainstream setting to be highly challenging.

To obtain a placement at the Kettlemere Centre a referral will need to be made to the Local Authority SEN Team following discussion with the SENCo at the child’s annual review. Following receipt of the referral, further advice might be requested to support the consultation. If, considering the evidence, it is deemed to be a suitable placement the case will be referred to the Special Schools Placement Panel where a decision will be made.

If you consider a placement at the Kettlemere Centre may be appropriate for your son/daughter and you would like to discuss this further, or to arrange a visit, click here to contact Julie Metcalf (Head of Faculty) or call on 01691 622543.

Further information is available on the Shropshire Council website.