headteacher_226I would like to welcome you to our website. Iffley Mead is a school for pupils with moderate and complex learning difficulties, and many of our pupils have emotional, social and behavioural needs. We currently have 104 pupils on roll, and all pupils have Statements of Special Educational Need.

This factual description of the school doesn’t convey, however, the very special nature of our community. We pride ourselves on the positive and respectful relationships we have between staff and pupils; on our strong pastoral care, and on the way in which our pupils are encouraged to develop independence and vocational skills which will equip them for their future lives. This is a very happy school – the students are proud to belong to our school community and enjoy coming to school.

In order to maximise the potential of our pupils, we provide clear and high expectations of behaviour, based on the principles of restorative approaches. This emphasis on restorative justice is a core feature of our school and more information on this is available at “Our approach to behaviour”.   Recent national press coverage has featured the school as a case study and to view the article in The Independent, please click here.

We aim to increase self esteem and motivation by identifying individual strengths, and pupils are encouraged at every opportunity to enhance their social skills and respect for others. High quality teaching of the full range of National Curriculum subjects is delivered throughout the school by a professional and dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants. At Iffley Mead we have a real focus on ‘how’ children learn not just ‘what’ they learn. Our staff plan and deliver work to suit the differing learning styles of the students and each child has a termly Individual Education Plan and Individual Behaviour Plan(as appropriate).

I recognise that we cannot achieve these goals alone: one of our particular strengths is our focus on developing sound and participative relationships with parents, carers and outside agencies.

In key stage 4 all of our students have personalised learning plans in place and there is a strong emphasis on vocational work and the acquisition of independence skills.   We have recently launched our our post-16 provision, offering pupils the chance to stay at the school for their further education.  A range of opportunities are available to post-16 students, including day release at college, work experience and vocational courses.

I am particularly proud of our recent Ofsted report and would encourage you to read the report.  Please see the link above to "Ofsted" to view the full report.

I hope you enjoy looking through our website.