‘Seeing possibilities, realising dreams’
‘Exceptional teaching for exceptional learners’
Willow Dene is an above average sized primary special school and is the only one of its kind in the borough. It caters for children with a wide range of learning disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and complex needs. All our pupils have a statement of special educational needs (SEN)
Willow Dene is in partnership with Horn Park, Deansfield and South Rise Primary Schools. The partnership is unique as there are no known partnerships of this kind that link special and mainstream schools. The partnership enables us to make meaningful links between mainstream and special educational environments that enrich the provision on offer to our children across all three schools.
Willow Dene is home to an exceptionally large therapy team, including music, occupational therapy, Speech and Language and Physiotherapy. This team works in a co-ordinated way and in partnership with the school, to ensure all children’s needs are fully supported. These services are integral to the planning for provision and the delivery of a comprehensive service to all children and their families. The school employs a full-time Family Support Worker who ensures access to all services and benefits for our families, provides a very important ‘path finding’ service, and works particularly closely with our vulnerable families who need support through difficult and challenging times. Willow Dene has a full time nursing team which plans and oversees all medicine regimes, provides ongoing health education services and supports families with advice on a number of complex medical issues.