NEW EARLY YEARS STARTERS AT PORTFIELD SCHOOL
Portfield School, managed by regional charity Autism Wessex, has been delighted to welcome a new influx of Early Years pupils, the youngest of which is just 4 years old.
Alison Casey, Joint Head of Portfield School comments; “We have welcomed 7 new starters this term in the Early Years department. All of the pupils have coped with the transition really well with the support of our expert staff and the important contribution made by our parents and carers. We are really enjoying having so many new children at the school and excited by the fact they are all so young.” The value of early intervention is well recognised. A focus on improving social support, parenting skills and parent-child interactions during early infancy has demonstrated gains that include the mental health of parents and children, less use of health services and long-term reductions in challenging behaviours. Activities which encourage the development of communication and social relationships may also help insulate against the development of emotional problems. Studies conducted have shown that within the first two years intensive pre-school intervention can accelerate developmental rates resulting in significant IQ gains, language gains and improved social behaviour.
As well as providing specialist provision for Early Years pupils, Portfield School also offers, The Hub. The Hub is a designated learning area for children with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism which caters exclusively for theses pupils needs. Alison concludes; “As well as our Early Years starters we have also welcomed a further 5 new pupils to The Hub, bringing our total number of Hub students to 18. We look forward to continually and successfully expanding the school and bringing our vision to support the education and personal development of each child and young person with autism in order that they can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life.”
Portfield School was awarded a ‘Good’ Ofsted at their latest inspection with parents holding the school in high regard and staff proud to be a part of the school community. The main school campus is bright, airy and calm, with large spacious rooms and specialist resources.
The curriculum provides a framework for meaningful, age appropriate learning and is designed to ensure the learning that takes place is relevant, engaging and enjoyable. Alongside highly trained and experienced education and care staff is a specialist support team, which includes a nurse, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and behaviour therapists.