Soundwell Academy is a new school, which is part of Learn@ MAT. Started at a Temporary site, which is part of Patchway School, while our state of the art new build in Soundwell is being built. We had 28 pupils starting with us during the first year and we will be moving to Soundwell Academy Permanent build in September 2021. The pupil numbers will increase over 3 years to 136. Pupil will range in age from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.
Soundwell is a specialist Academy for young people with additional needs principally in the areas of Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Speech Language and Communication (SLCN) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). All pupils at Soundwell will have an Education and Care Plan.
Our Ethos supports this side of the Soundwell Academy curriculum:
“All Equal, All Different, All Achieving Together”
Learning about ourselves and how we can successfully fit into the broader contexts of school, family, community, nation and the world at large as we learn moral values and how to meet our own needs in balance with the needs of those around us.
Our Values as an Academy support this strand of how we learn:
Include, Respect, Nurture, Promote and Innovate. We believe through these Values we can support pupils to make the best progress and get ready for adulthood. For more details please see our Core Values tab.
When we move, in September 2021, we will have a new purpose built site that will have state of the art facilities. The pupils will have access to spacious classrooms, sensory rooms and vocational areas. These vocational areas include a motor vehicle area, building and woodwork workshop, catering facilities and hair and beauty studio. Pupils will have opportunities to gain qualifications in these areas and use the experience to support them gain life experience and support them into adulthood.
We will be working with a range of Professionals to support the pupils. This will include Speech and Language, Educational Psychologists, CAMHS and Engagement works. If you would like more details about how we will be working these professionals please contact us.
In the Permanent build, in Soundwell, we will have a short break overnight facility. The pupils will have the opportunity to stay stay over night in one of the twelve guests rooms. All the rooms are ensuite and this gives the pupils an opportunity to learn life skills outside of the school day. Soundwell Academy young people can access the Short Break Facility as part of our provision to impact positively on attendance, academic progress and other social/ behavioural targets designed to promote independence and a healthy lifestyle.