Children are taught in their classes, alongside their peers. Sometimes, however, individual pupils require specialist support. This is provided through additional input or small group support from specialist therapeutic professionals.
At Appleford, we provide this through our in-house, highly qualified Occupational and Speech and Language Therapists. Working within the Learning Support Department, they provide clearly targeted interventions which are reviewed on a termly basis to ensure pupils receive the support they need, when they need it.
In addition, Appleford is able to offer the services of our own fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist.
The development of responsibility, good manners and well-honed social skills are fundamental to life at Appleford. We still adhere to ‘old fashioned’ principals of politeness and respect for others and we reinforce this through a well-developed PSHEE programme and fair systems of reward and sanctions. Children are encouraged to take on extra responsibility around the school and our Prefect system provides support for younger pupils and the acknowledgement by the school of those pupils who ‘go the extra mile’.
Our School Council meets with the Headmaster and Head of Boarding on a termly basis and gives a voice to pupils’ ideas and concerns. Our well-developed ‘Buddy’ system ensures new pupils are made to feel welcome and soon settle into Appleford life. The tutors provide a compassionate and understanding point of contact for their children and, at Appleford, no concern goes unheard or unacted upon.
We are a happy and considerate school where children thrive and become confident young adults.