Mrs Challenger, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Sowerby

Base 1 is a 16-place Resourced Base Provision (or SEND Unit) for children with Special Educational Needs.

In Base 1, we recognise that every child is a unique little person! Our aim is provide all of our children with a warm, welcoming environment where they feel valued, safe and encouraged to make the best possible progress academically, socially, communicatively and emotionally from their own individual starting point.

Base staff work together to get to know each of our children as individuals and to provide them with a highly stimulating environment with child-accessible resources and appropriate, yet challenging learning opportunities delivered through play and direct teaching, both indoors and outdoors.

Our children love to come to school and they have lots of fun, make friends, learn to do many new things and to develop their own identities. They learn the skills to express their thoughts, feeling and understanding, enabling them to control their own actions, make choices and become independent learners.

Our children will grow, change and develop significantly over their time in Base 1 and we are always so very proud of the wonderful individuals they become!

Learning Environment

Children in Base 1 are taught in a dedicated, purpose built, secure classroom which has its own kitchen and toilet facilities. It also benefits from a quiet working room as well as a sensory room and a self-contained outdoor garden space.


Children in Base 1 are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum delivered using a wide range of teaching methods, which enables staff to accommodate individual needs and allows each child to reach their full potential.

In Base 1, staff use story books and special events as a hook for learning. Children will access a range of activities linked to the book/event to develop their core skills of speaking and listening, personal, social, emotional  development, Reading/Phonics, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Physical Development,
Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Teaching and Learning

Base 1 has a dedicated Class Teacher and a team of Teaching Assistants.

There are clearly defined routines in place and staff communicate these in the most effective and
personalised way such as using reduced language, objects of reference or PECs.

Children access free flow play with targeted activities delivered by staff in small groups or on a 1-1 basis throughout the day. Such activities are broken down into smaller, achievable steps which are resourced to match the needs of the children and delivered in the most accessible way. Most activities are
presented in short bursts to optimise short attention spans.

Staff work closely with external professionals including but not limited to: Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist to ensure that children are offered the best possible support to reach their full potential.


We believe in strong partnerships between staff, children and parents/carers. We have effective relationships and work closely with other professionals, such as Educational Psychologists, our school nursing team, speech & language therapists, to ensure our children are fully supported.  

We provide opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their child’s learning and will invite parents to join us in school for fun and engaging activities including Christmas craft day, Mother’s Day, World Book Day and Sport’s day to name a few. We value parents/carers knowledge and understanding about their children and work together to make sure every child reaches their full potential.

More information can be found in our brochure – please click here