Coronavirus Update: A phased return for pupils will begin on Monday 08 June 2020. The plan for each week will be that the pupils who have been attending (as they are children of Key workers) will continue to attend daily. All other pupils will attend Tuesday to Friday each week. This will allow for staff to thoroughly clean rooms that have been used the previous week, so we are confident that all health and safety precautions are taken.

Pupils will arrive by home/school transport or with parents, all of whom will drive onto the premises, but remain in their vehicles, until the pupils are asked to exit the vehicle, at 10am. Then, Mr Hattam or Mrs Crudgington will take the temperature of the pupil. If the temperature is above a certain level the pupil will need to return home with the parent or remain in school, isolated, if on home/school transport. Parents will need to collect their child if they have a raised temperature or are unwell, as home/school transport will not return any pupil home. So, parents must be available to come directly to school in such a case. This is the same if a pupil is taken unwell during the day. Once temperatures have been checked the pupil will go to their designated classroom (not necessarily their usual classroom) to sit at an allocated desk, in a room with 4 pupil desks. All necessary equipment will be on this desk, so there is no sharing of equipment, reducing the risk of infection. The staffing will be one teacher and one LSA, for each group of 4 pupils, for the whole 4 days. The pupils will remain in this room for the whole day, for the lesson times and lunchtime. We cannot have practical, interactive lessons in order to avoid the possibility of infection. There is one toilet designated per class, which will be deep cleaned at the end of each day.

All groups will have the chance to go out to the school field for fresh air on a rota basis, regularly throughout the day. Pupils will need to provide their own food and drink for the day, no school meals are available and no water fountains are in use. Please ensure that your child is dressed in different clothes each day, to lessen the chance of infection being spread, school uniform is not required. Pupils will not be able to bring into school any mobile phones or toys that they may usually bring to school on home/school transport, as we will not be able to collect belongings as we usually do, nor guarantee the safety of any item.

We plan to start this reopening in the week beginning 08 June 2020, with 3 groups of pupils. Then, the following week another group will start to attend, gradually building up, one additional group per week. This will give us a chance to see how the pupils are coping with these arrangements. During the week before your child starts to attend Mr Hattam or Mrs Crudgington will phone you to make specific arrangements for your child. 24/7 Taxis, who do the home/school transport, have informed us that for social distancing purposes taxis will usually only have one pupil on board. There may be some vehicles with 2 pupils, if there is no escort accompanying the pupils.

These plans will finish on Friday 17 July 2020, which will be the last day for pupils to attend before the summer holidays. If you have any questions or concerns about these arrangements please contact us on or phone school between 10am and 2pm any day during the week.

Ethos and Aims

Learning is a partnership of discovery

Our philosophy is that ‘Learning is a Partnership of Discovery’. The central fulcrum to this partnership, and dictating the direction of discovery, are our pupils who lie at the heart of everything we do.

Our shared aim is for the pupils that attend The Endeavour to leave, at the end of Year 11, being as independent as possible. To achieve this we have created and implemented a curriculum that addresses our pupils’ needs. Our curriculum is not one that stands still; it is constantly evolving as our pupils evolve.

Through our journey of discovery we seek to develop the intellectual, physical, moral and social potential of every pupil in the school, always encouraging them to work towards achieving their personal best. We aim to extend the opportunities for pupils to experience learning and social experiences in the wider community.

Our pupils are encouraged to become responsible and confident citizens, able to effectively express their needs, thoughts and feelings and respond appropriately to the demands of living in the community.

It is important that all of our pupils make progress that is measurable, achievable and challenging, but is also relevant to their needs. In order to achieve this we use the pupils’ EHCPs as a starting point to measure their progress. This once again ensures that our pupils are at the centre of everything we do.

As the central focus of our school ethos, the pupils are involved in all aspects of decision making, both directly and indirectly. Each class is responsible for creating and implementing their own class rules for each member of that class to adhere to, as prescribed in our behaviour policy. The Key Stage and School Councils are a driving force behind school development.

Our partnership is not just between The Endeavour and its pupils, it includes their parents and carers too, and can take many forms. The underlying factor that makes the partnership work is two way communication between home and the school; sharing our knowledge of our pupils and your children all with the ultimate aim of maximum future independence.

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