Fair Ways School is a small, independent Special Therapeutic Education Provision (STEP) for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) between the ages of 11 and 19 years. Based in Swanwick, the school is registered for up to 20 pupils on both specialist sites, of which 5 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.
Fair Ways achieve ADHD Friendly School Award04/10/2019
Fairy Garden Progress Update: January 201925/01/2019
A message from our Head of Education22/11/2018
Pupils’ individual timetables meet their academic needs but with equal emphasis on emotional and social development. A high staff to student ratio ensures a safe environment to explore the difficulties of learning or socialising in larger groups.
Our experienced and skilled staff tailor individual behaviour management strategies to improve pupils’ self-esteem and confidence. Young people develop their ability to build relationships, manage their own behaviour and eventually become motivated and enthusiastic learners.