Enrichment is an important part of School life, with many opportunities and activities occurring throughout the academic year.
During the week, children take part in Activate every morning – a short 10-15 minute activity to ‘get in the zone’ for the day. Over a half term, children have the opportunity to take part in special Enrichment days at the School such as visits from magicians or a magic show, creative workshops or even a travelling Pantomime. Students can take part in a number of seasonal activities, such as an Easter Enterprise Sale or a visit from Father Christmas – depending on the time of year! Enterprise Sales are an opportunity for children to sell arts and crafts models and products they have made themselves during lessons.
The School has a fleet of vehicles including specially adapted people carriers and minibuses, used to accommodate a variety of outings locally and further afield including parks, forests, wildlife centres, coastal visits, shops, London venues, restaurants, local community events, cinema, bowling, outdoor activity centres and karaoke evenings. In addition, children also access the vehicles to attend offsite Enrichment days such as the President’s Sporting Event – an opportunity to come together with other schools and compete in small scale sporting competitions. The Bishop’s Stortford Rotary Club fund a day trip for students to places such as Paradise Wildlife Park, which enhance learning development and gives students the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom.
As part of Health and Therapy, students also use our local RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) centre for horse riding sessions, attend visits with a Pet Therapy animals and even enjoy Aqua therapy – if this is part of their EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan). Other sessions include Music Therapy and Lego Therapy.
Staff at our School also encourage students to use their voice to shape their own and their peer’s experience of life at School. A key part of this process is participating in School Council meetings, meeting every half term. During the meetings, students are supported to discuss important issues and topics, and cast votes on outcomes. Topics include School enrichment activities, Christmas meals, health and safety issues, charity days and much more! Students are voted in by their peers, and have a representative from each class.