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Mapledown Student Manifesto

I want to go to a school where:

  • I feel safe and I am recognised as a unique and special person who is always treated with respect by adults.
  • My privacy and dignity are protected and my personal care needs are handled with sensitivity. Staff understand that I really don’t like having to be cared for in this way and I am given as much time as I need to do things on my own.
  • I don’t get pushed or pulled – guide me gently and only hold on to me if I ask for it or if you really have to.
  • I am treated like any other young person – please don’t call me pet names
  • I am given real choices and time to make those choices.
  • Staff talk to me and not about me. I’m not invisible. Staff speak softly and don’t shout at me.
  • My attempts to communicate may need to be guided and shaped so that everyone can understand me – give me some tools.
  • I have access to simple and complex technologies that help me say what I want.
  • I am listened to – my views matter.
  • My behaviour is often my attempt to communicate – I am not just being ‘naughty’. It can be frustrating being me!
  • My achievements and learning are recognised, shared and celebrated. Make me feel good and be proud of what I can do.
  • The day is interesting and varied - lessons are interesting and fun and relate to my special learning needs.
  • Staff enjoy being around me – my school feels like a lively, friendly place.
  • There is a place I can go to where I can be by myself – sometimes I need space.
  • There are lots of good outdoor spaces that are accessible to me.
  • I enjoy my meals.
  • The school is well equipped and looks great. It’s warm or cool and comfortable.
  • I can get out and into the community – learning can happen in all sorts of places.
  • There are lots of chances to meet and make friends.
  • Staff do not give up on me – ever!

Also, read the Mission Statement and our School Improvement plan