VI Specialist Resourced Provision
The school has a well-established specialist resourced provision for children with visual impairment. The pupils attend mainstream classes alongside their sighted peers and additional lessons can be provided in conjunction with the school curriculum to assist in computer skills, Braille tuition from a qualified braillist, additional literacy/numeracy skills, independence and social skills. The provision has its own Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment and works alongside Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers to provide support for pupils.
All visually impaired pupils are encouraged to take a full and active part in all aspects of school life. Support is provided in the classroom and around the school as appropriate by experienced Teaching Assistants. Specialist equipment and modified, adapted work is provided to assist pupils within the class and with homework.
Many visually impaired pupils progress to take GCSE examinations but, when more appropriate, subjects can be provided at entry level.
Specialist arrangements are made for internal and external tests and examinations and can include amanuensis, adapted papers and additional time.
All pupils are given the opportunity to undertake a one week of work experience placement in line with school policy and are given additional specialist support and advice in terms of further education and career opportunities.
In spring 2011 the provision moved into newly built accommodation which includes a kitchen area for basic life skills and a private room for physiotherapy exercise. The provision was formally opened by Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council in November 2011 and named The Ron Hutton Centre for children with visual impairment, in honour of the retiring Chair of Governors of the school.