New Integrated Resource 'The Pride,' Opens at Manor Lodge
On January 31st 2022, Manor Lodge Community Primary and Nursery School was delighted to announce that the brand new, purpose built, Integrated Resource (IR) was officially open.
Working hand in hand with our mainstream school staff, 'The Pride' is a 10 place Resource for children in Foundation Stage and KS1, providing inclusive, supportive and accessible learning experiences for all of our pupils.
We believe passionately in a personalised, flexible approach to engage children and families in learning and to prepare them for their individualised next steps as well as preparation for the world beyond the classroom.
Pupils, who have an EHCP, will have a education delivered by a specialist team including a designated teacher, as well as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, TAs and other specialist staff from our Trust and Locality. This enables us to provide pupils, who attend our IR, with a curriculum suited to their needs and better opportunities to achieve their potential.
At all times, we will try to encourage integration within the mainstream classroom but we are also very flexible with how we achieve this. Integration may start slowly for some children. but gradually we will work out ways to build this up. Our Curriculum is built around the development of 10 learning behaviours (see our Curriculum page) and we passionately believe that these learning behaviours should be promoted in children who are part of our IR.
The wonderful, additional classroom is attached to the main school building and in a lovely location next to the garden area. The journey began on a sunny day in August 2021 when the appointed contractors arrived at Manor Lodge School. Their job was to bring to life our Trust and school’s vision of an Integrated Resource for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Difficulties. It had taken months in planning but on this summer’s day, everyone involved could feel the excitement as the pneumatic drill started its first job to lay the foundations of our new build.
Despite all that the pandemic threw at us, from the first foundations to the last lick of paint, the energy and vision was maintained. On January 28th 2022, the keys to the newly built Integrated Resource were passed over to the school.
It was with such pride that this was achieved, that we decided to call our new IR ‘The Pride.’ When a pupil attends they will become a Manor Lodge Lion Cub and also a member of a class within the main school.
Sheffield South East Trust schools (SSET) have always wanted to ensure that the city’s youngest pupils are catered for in a nurturing environment. Within this setting, learning will be delivered by trained practitioners to promote children's independence and individual growth from an early age. We have pulled together a skilled team who will enable children to access the mainstream curriculum as much as possible alongside inclusive, supportive and accessible learning experiences and interventions.
We are really excited to welcome Foundation Stage and KS1 children and their families into The Pride IR. Many children who will attend have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and/or Communication & Language needs. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences and successes with you in the near future, as the IR establishes itself and becomes a proud part of Manor Lodge Community Primary School.