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Blackfriars Academy is a Co-educational Special School that caters for approximately 100 students with a generic range of special needs which include physical/medical disabilities, moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties, and/or sight, hearing and speech impairments and epilepsy.
The students are aged between 10 and 16 years and come mainly from North and Central Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, East Cheshire and Shropshire.
A highly trained, multi-professional team of teachers, teaching assistants, physiotherapists, speech therapists, medical and social agencies and ancillary staff work together to meet the needs of the students.
The Newcastle site, situated in pleasantly wooded grounds on the edge of the town is the administrative centre and teaching base for students in Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four.
Admission to the school is arranged by the Education Department of the Local Authority, for students with a statement of educational need/ Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP), after consultation has taken place between the parents / carers, current school, health authority personnel and educational psychologist. The wishes of parents/carers are one of the most important factors in the whole process of the admission of new students to Blackfriars. Parents/ carers of prospective students are welcome to visit and are encouraged to do so, in order to view the facilities and resources that the school can offer.
Our Ethos and Values:-
Blackfriars Academy is committed to:-
• Provide an outstanding educational experience for students with special educational needs by continually building on the expertise and experience of the staff.
• Provide a welcoming school in a happy and supportive environment for each student where individual achievement, success and the joy of learning is celebrated by staff working as a team for the well-being of all.
• Enabling each student to develop a positive sense of worth and self- esteem by nurturing their skills in vocational and leisure activities to increase their capacity and capability to build bridges overcome barriers and live and work as adults within our society.
• Enabling each student to achieve their full potential by providing a challenging, self- motivating and encouraging broad and balanced curriculum that is continuously, thoroughly and systematically assessed encompassing the National Curriculum and external accreditation, but tailored to the individual need of each student.
• Creating a caring environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and each individual valued for their own unique talents.
These values are embedded in everything that we do in school, in order to help our young people to understand them, they are expressed through Blackfriars Pride:
Pride in our appearance and in all that we achieve
Respect for ourselves, others and our environment
Determination to succeed
Enjoyment of learning and life
Each student belongs to one of our Houses – Panthers, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars and the Pride of Blackfriars is monitored by the Duke of Edinburgh Lions.
As an outstanding school, we are also able to lead a Teaching School Alliance which enables us to share the skills and expertise of the school with mainstream schools and Higher Education Institutes, within the local community, nationally and internationally thus helping to create an increasingly inclusive society.