SfIT is a small, all-through school that nurtures the talents of young people with an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Need (whilst still applicable). We also welcome referrals for children and young people who are awaiting assessment for an EHC Plan and/or Statement and we can also support this assessment process. Essentially our offer is across three key areas:
- Full-time Placements
- (Referred by LAs or commissioned by families for Independent Placements)
- Customised Part-time Packages (Commissioned by LAs, Families or Schools)
- Outreach Development and Support Programme
- (Purchased by LAs or Schools or Families)
SfIT’s focus is to offer full-time or part-time placements for children referred by Local Authorities and schools who do not find it easy to fit into existing educational provision. This may be for many reasons, including the full range of behavioural, emotional and educational challenges – exacerbated by being on the autistic spectrum; or other difficulties such as sensory processing disorders, attachment and personality disorders; or those having faced trauma in their lives due to domestic violence, breakdown of adoption; or who are deemed school phobic.
The school has created an environment that combines both a special school ethos and alternative provision. We offer an innovative and creative new model for learners, their families, schools and local authorities. SfIT blends a specialist, personalised approach to learning with sustainability, filling a small but significant unmet niche demand. We aim to provide a much-needed solution within a context of increasing exclusions from mainstream schools.