About Our Education
Fair Ways School is a small, independent Special Therapeutic Education Provision (STEP) for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) between the ages of 11 and 19 years. The school is registered for up to 40 pupils on both specialist sites, of which 10 can be post 16 placements. Our students either have an Education Health Care Plan (ECHP) or are undergoing statutory assessment. They have all been identified as having complex and additional needs.
We deliver a holistic approach and bespoke timetable to each pupil supporting both their academic and emotional needs. The school provides therapy and pastoral support to all young people with regular assessment plans.
Students are placed with us when most other mainstream or specialist schools have failed them. As such, they are likely to have been out of education for a long period of time having exhausted multiple placements. They come from a variety of backgrounds including family homes, foster care and residential units, but most are Looked After Children (LAC) by the local authority.
We predominantly cater for SEBD students but since opening in 2006 we have received an increase of complex and combined special educational need referrals, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attachment disorder and mild learning difficulties.Fair Ways
The school has two sites; the main school building is situated in a rural area in Swanwick, Hampshire educating pupils with SEMH needs. This site compromises of a main block with four classrooms; Maths, English, Science and Catering, a chill out space and Common Room – used for lunch and break times. Also on site is the Summer House with three more classrooms; Art, ASDAN and PSHE. Other facilities include a small bricked playground and large grassy paddock area for breaks and sporting activities.
The second location is our Autistic provision based in Totton, Hampshire which currently acts as a specialist purpose built facility for our pupils on the spectrum. This site has six main classroom areas, a separate catering facility, a therapy room and sensory room where our trained therapist’s carry out individualised therapy for all pupils. This site also has a separate high intensive support unit with two combined classrooms for autistic pupils requiring more rigorous support.
Fair Ways School is guided by a therapeutic ethos which informs all interactions with the students. Students are generally taught on a one-one basis initially, with a view to enabling collaborative working with peers to enhance the social and emotional aspects of their learning. All students have a bespoke curriculum designed around their specific needs with the best possible route of re-engagement.
The school has links to the Highbury College, South Downs College, Fareham College and EBP work experience which provide vocational training for KS4 students. The therapeutic ethos of the school ensures that the most appropriate and effective relationships are maintained with both staff and peers. Nurturing positive relationships is essential for achieving successful educational and developmental outcomes for all our students.
All of our staff are very experienced in working effectively with vulnerable teenagers both with learning difficulties and social and emotional development issues caused by early life trauma.
The relationships, routines and environment are maintained in such a way as to help children move from darkness into light; both in terms of their ability to engage with education and their trust in appropriate relationships with adults.
The vast amount of experience and skills vary amongst the staff team including NVQ level 3 in Child Care, Qualified Teaching Status, Psychodynamic counselling and a mixture of qualifications up to Masters Level, all of which contribute to the overall success of the school.
Fair Ways School prides itself on having skilled staff who are able to adopt strategies that build pupils’ self-esteem and confidence with the aim of developing their abilities to build relationships, manage their own behaviour and ultimately become motivated and active learners.