Yes, this is recognised as a need for families. The holiday club is a priority for the school and aims to broaden the interests of the pupils whilst encouraging high levels of social interaction and fun. More information
There is no specialist nursing team at Lighthouse but general staff receive full and appropriate training in First Aid and in the management of specific conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes etc to adhere to the school’s medical policies.
Many individuals with ASC have very limited friendship groups or no friends at all and struggle to fit in. Lighthouse works hard to ensure that pupils have friendship groups within the school and, where possible, with our partner schools that are based on shared interest and mutual respect.
There is a Lighthouse uniform which we encourage all pupils to wear as it reflects the school’s ethos, values and high standards.
We understand that many of our pupils have very rigid habits regarding the clothing they wear and can be distracted by the sensory feedback of certain clothing. They have highly favoured colours, textures and styles in which they feel comfortable and secure. Enforcing a new type of clothing on such children could increase anxiety, so at Lighthouse we carefully support those pupils who are having difficulty in accepting a uniform. We do this through positive reinforcement, reward and praise. A uniform also serves as a physical prompt which helps some of the students to differentiate between school days, weekends and holidays. We also work to prepare those pupils beginning their integration into our partner schools or their community comprehensive schools to adapt to a change in uniform to ensure they ‘fit in’ with their mainstream peers.
Lighthouse recognises that many individuals with ASC have a very narrow field of interest and this is an area we aim to expand for every pupil. Spending leisure time in an enjoyable way is important for the self esteem of any individual.
The school aims to create better futures for our pupils and we will help map out those futures and create destination learning. This will involve understanding the key skills and interests of pupils and harnessing those positive strengths as well as exposing pupils to as much opportunity as possible. There will be a strong emphasis on vocational learning and potential careers will be role played within the school. This, coupled with extensive planned visits to work environment, will ensure that pupils become accustomed to different places of work and occupations. The school will have links with a number of Yorkshire based employers where these opportunities will be provided as appropriate for the students in our Key Stage 4 provision.
Most definitely. Inclusion is carefully planned for each pupil and our main goal is to ensure that inclusion programmes are successful and purposeful for mainstream and Lighthouse pupils alike, building as pupils gain in confidence and self-esteem.
Every pupil is assessed against their current attainment levels, their life skills strengths and areas of challenge, as well as their social, emotional and communication skills. An individualised learning profile is developed and targets set for each pupil. During every lesson students are given a series of opportunities to work towards and achieve their particular targets; tutors teach the skills essential to achieving these targets. Once a target has been reached, that skill is generalised and applied within other settings in the school, and out in the community, then further generalised at home through parent liaison and training.
Lighthouse offers its students an educational core through essential subjects such as maths, ICT, literacy and science. We are also committed to offering wide and often bespoke learning pathways designed for the individual through autism specific interventions, life-skills, humanities and vocational subjects tailored to the levels of understanding, interest and ambitions of the students.
As the school is located within Leeds Local Authority the Leeds City Council diary will be adopted and the school will offer a 39-week year which will include 5 training days.