The Nest and The Orchard
The Nest and Orchard are in-school provisions that offer a range of both part-time and full-time focused interventions for children that have barriers to learning within the mainstream classroom.
The NEST stands for Nurturing, Empowering, Supporting and Trusting and focuses on pupils within key stage two. The provision places a considerable and significant emphasis on language and communication; developing and enhancing life skills to support with the transition for life beyond Woodstock Primary Academy.
We utilise a multi-sensory approach to learning deployed through a bespoke, literature led curriculum. In addition, we offer packages and interventions that support outdoor learning, creativity and the arts.
The Orchard is about fundamental growth and aimed at our youngest pupils. We offer an environment that ensures children’s learning is understood developmentally and we can work with a child on achieving small success steps, building self-esteem and confidence, not only within the curriculum but also developing areas of social and emotional well-being.
The environments offer a safe learning culture that embed the importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing. We work closely with teachers to ensure that whilst the provision is in place, the pupils still remain part of their mainstream classroom; ensuring a full exit strategy is in place that is monitored and supported by an adult at the end of the intervention.
The SEN code of practice is paramount in our offer. By using a detailed and graduated approach to support and, by assessing and reviewing at regular and timely intervals, we can clearly identify those pupils that need extra support.
As part of our school culture we work together with parents and carers to ensure they are part of the process at every step and, as a school, we recognise that positive relationships are central to both learning and wellbeing.
As children learn academically and socially, they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and achieving, however we know that not all children learn in the same way and, sometimes, need additional support above the quality first teaching within the classroom. Here at Woodstock, our aim is to ensure that all pupils are supported and nurtured to be the best they can be.
Both provisions are led by Kerry Newton, the academy's SEN and Inclusion Manager, and supported by a number of key members of staff.