As the UK’s leading centre for severely physically disabled children and young people, Treloar’s offers outstanding teaching, learning, professional care, therapy and guidance so that every individual can live, learn, achieve and work towards a future that is as independent as possible.
The students at Treloar’s are contending with the most complex disabilities and, unfortunately, with those disabilities comes further conditions such as learning difficulties, visual impairments, no verbal communication, medical and dietary issues, lack of social awareness, mental health problems and life-limiting conditions.
The following information, from 2017-2018, gives an indication of the complexity of our students’ needs:
- 98% of our students are wheelchair users;
- 80% have speech, language and communication challenges;
- 44% are non-verbal or require support from communication aids; and
- 38% have a visual impairment.
Outcomes for School (2017-18)
Students’ outcomes were very strongly based on their achievement of intended destinations, achievement of academic and independence and wider curriculum skills targets and achievement of qualifications:
- 91% of individual education plan targets were fully achieved
- 100% of our GCSE cohort exceeded their target grades
- Student achievement of other qualifications was also exceptionally high – at Level 1 a 100% success rate and 95% at Entry level
Many of the most significant achievements are not as easily quantifiable but we had another very busy year of activities that enabled students to improve their skills and to demonstrate progress. This included participation in large range sporting competitions, and in particular, the pool, where students enjoyed particular success. Music continues to be a distinctive feature of the curriculum at School. In addition to giving all students the opportunity to benefit from our excellent musical offer, there were performances to both local audiences such as the Alton Maltings Christmas concert and at significant fund-raising events such as the Mansion House Gala Dinner. The annual T-Fest musical celebration and the production of Beauty and the Beast also gave students the opportunity to perform and excel in the performing arts.
Building on our existing programme of residential trips new outdoor activities aimed at building confidence, self-esteem and resilience were also introduced.
Outcomes for College (2017-18)
Students’ outcomes were outstanding at all levels. In particular:
- 93% of individual learning plan targets were fully achieved
- 92% of academic targets were fully achieved
- 100% of GCSE and functional skills qualifications in English and Maths were achieved
- All 5 students, aiming to progress to Higher Education achieved their goal
There were very successful residential trips which gave students the opportunity to learn and develop independence skills in a challenging environment.
107 Work placements were completed which allowed them to experience learning in a work-related environment as well as to get a realistic idea of the world of work which enables students to make a more informed choice when planning their future. We have now achieved the Fair Train Gold standard, recognising the quality of our work experience programme. The majority of the placements have been for a fixed term period (for example, over two months). To support students with transition, we are delighted to have been awarded £50,775 over a three-year period from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to fund a Work Experience Officer.