Consultation on new special academy in Daventry

Daventry Hill School logo
Daventry Hill School logo

The new name for Daventry Special Academy has been announced. It is Daventry Hill School.

Education Excellence for All Trust and BAM Construction are holding a drop-in consultation event to present proposals for the building of Daventry Hill School on Ashby Road, south of the recently completed Daventry UTC. The school will provide a new facility for pupils with special educational needs aged between four and 19 years of age.

The event is open to all members of the public and stakeholders interested in the proposals and will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday, July 14, at the iCON Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry, and there will be an opportunity to give comments on the proposals at the event.

Daventry Hill School will open in September 2016 initially with pupils in Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. The school will then grow each year until full in 2019 with a total of 175 children.

Places at the new school will be principally commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council for children with statements for educational needs, specifically with Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Peter Burrell, from Education Excellence for All Trust (EE4A), said: “At Daventry Hill School teaching and learning for pupils with ASD will be in line with those of the National Autistic Society. Rather than adopting one ASD specific teaching method the school will have an eclectic approach that will combine the best elements of all approaches proven to be effective through research and experience. They will be all delivered under the NAS’s SPELL framework of principles for good practice in Autism.

“For pupils with a PMLD, SLD or sensory impairment we will adopt an individual education plan approach that reflects the needs of the each pupil, makes use of the wide range of effective teaching and learning methods, resources and therapy support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

“We will receive significant funding for a brand new specialist school, and make full use of specialist ICT hardware and software to ensure curriculum access for all our pupils. This will help them to engage fully in their learning. Our enrichment programme will include a wide range of age-appropriate activities which will help pupils to continue to develop key skills and acquire important knowledge and understanding. In particular, and especially for our oldest pupils, these will focus on the development of their independent living skills.”

Parents who would like their child to be part of this new specialist school can apply for a Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12 place for September 2016 by contacting the Education, Health and Care Plans Team at EHCP@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 126 1000.

Further information about the admissions procedure as well as the school’s admissions policy can be found on the school’s website at www.daventryspecialacademy.co.uk/.