Glenwood School, Emsworth

Community special secondary school for children, aged 11-16


Glenwood is a special school which provides places for 11-16 year olds with Special Educational Needs that are described as MLD (moderate learning difficulties). These Special Educational Needs are described in the young person’s statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan. The provision at Glenwood provides support for both the educational and emotional development of young people. Pupils are taught in small groups of no more than thirteen, and groups have a teacher and an additional adult (Learning Support Assistant) with each class group. All pupils have access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level for their individual learning needs. In KS4, Pupils’ learning and progress is measured by the external accreditation of Entry Level and/or GCSE.

The school also provides small group work to develop specific emotional and social needs. There is an ongoing programme of support for various groups of pupils when certain additional needs are identified. Groups currently operating include:

  • Managing Anger
  • Boys’ Group
  • Girls’ Group
  • Keep Safe
  • Making Friends

Issues covered include developing social skills and self-confidence, keeping safe in and out of home, independent travel, personal awareness, anger management and managing feelings through adolescence. Much of the work takes place in small groups although pupils are offered 1:1 support when deemed necessary. This support is offered by a team of Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) together with the Home-School Link Worker, all of whom are trained to deliver the selected packages. After every session, the individual pupil’s and overall group’s performance is recorded so that progress can be monitored and evaluated. The school has a Speech and Language Therapist who works with individual pupils and small groups.

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