Severndale Specialist Academy was established in September 1995 following the reorganisation of provision for children with special educational needs in Shropshire. In September 2008, a large scale development was completed at the site on the Monkmoor Campus. In September 2011 a second provision based at Mary Webb School and Science College opened to cater for secondary aged pupils with moderate learning difficulties. In November 2014 our Futures provision in conjunction with Shrewsbury College providing work related learning for the students.
Our children and young people are aged 3 to 19 and have a range of learning difficulties. These include moderate, severe, complex and profound learning difficulties, those with autism, complex medical conditions and physical and mobility difficulties. A number of our young people present behavioural difficulties arising from their condition; many have communication difficulties.
As in all schools, both the nursery and the reception classes follow the EYFS framework which works towards the Early Learning Goals. We also use a High/Scope model of active learning through motivating, exciting activities. We encourage children to make choices, solve problems, develop independence and have fun!. All children benefit from regular input from the speech and language therapist, and children receive physiotherapy and hydrotherapy when appropriate. All groups within the department use the facilities available in school – pool, interactive room, sensory garden and soft play room. Outdoor activities are an important part of our curriculum,