Difference and Sameness: Value and Worth

As a special school, we no longer offer a bubble of protection from the outside world (and to the outside world!) but embrace the brilliance and challenges of our mainstream world as a place we all reside in. We are a slice of the community and our curriculum works to ensure this slice is seen as part of the whole cake!

Growing Partnerships

Each pupil shares the status of being a young person with learning disabilities but is also unique and has their personal pathway into adulthood. We are working with businesses and organisations to help them see our young people with SEND as employees that will enrich their companies as well as the lives of our young people.

The Repair Shed

We are working with men and women of The Repair Shed at St Luke's School! Here's Doug's take on the first few weeks of being here:

The origin of our newest SHED at St Lukes School in Redbourn is perhaps a little strange because if it weren’t for the BBC Countyfile programme, we would not be here! The Head of School was watching the programme back in the autumn and watched an article they featured on SHEDS. A subsequent google search led her to our Repair Shed website and she contacted us to ask whether we would be prepared to make use of the CDT Workshop which had not been used for many years. Our first viewing was enough to say “YES”! The workshop was in a bit of a state but, wow (!!), lathes, work benches, tools, a forge and above all s p a c e for us to grow…. everything a self-respecting SHEDDER could dream about!! And above all, there was a brilliant extraction system to get rid of the waste. This was a real opportunity to partner with a school with inspirational leadership and a genuine desire to use our skills in the development of their long term aims for the school. We drew up a Partnership Agreement between Community Action Dacorum and the school; this extract from that agreement sets out the aims of the partnership:

The aim of the Partnership is to further community links at St Luke’s Foundation School by enabling Community Action Dacorum to make use the school’s CDT rooms to undertake their own projects. Community Action Dacorum will, in return, undertake small repair works for the school and attend relevant school events, thereby assisting with the St Luke’s Enterprise project, aimed at helping pupils to develop skills for their future working lives.

We took occupation of the Workshop in early 2018. All our volunteers have had to be DBS checked due to the fact we are working in close proximity to vulnerable children. We proudly wear our red SHED fleeces when we are on site so we are easily identifiable to the staff and children alike. We see great opportunities to expand our skills using the equipment we have inherited, which includes a fleet of sewing machines. We have already made ourselves useful by mending a broken fire door and repairing a broken settee and we have repainted a classroom ready for a new class of children. There’s lots to do but the opportunities are there for us to develop and make a real difference.

To be involved - contact Repair Shed through their website:
The Repair Shed
The workshop at St Luke's School
A thriving childhood for independence in adulthood

Hertfordshire Virtual School Partnership

The Hertfordshire Virtual School (HVS) is not a teaching institution but a way of bringing together the information about children who are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council as if they attended a single school.

Each CLA child (Child Looked After) is monitored by HVS through a Personal Education Plan (PEP), which the school prepares each term to report on child’s progress. The designated senior teacher at the school liaises with staff, parents and other professionals (social worker, school nurse etc) to collate substantiated data and description to evidence the educational achievement, attendance and wellbeing of each CLA pupil.

The partnership between our school and HVS aims to ensure that our CLA pupils access high quality education and that there are no gaps in their performance due to being in a disadvantageous position at some point in their lives.

We achieve this by:
  • Expert analysis of child’s educational and emotional needs
  • Providing high quality classroom teaching
  • Planning and delivering additional school based interventions
  • Personalised provision using pupil premium and pupil premium plus
  • Pastoral care that supports development of self-esteem and feeling of being equal

  • The school welcomes support from the HVS staff and values advice and guidance to help our pupils to get the best out of their education. We work in partnership to ensure up-to-date information on educational issues that relate directly to our CLA pupil to assist with their physical, mental and educational development.