Our Aims and Objectives
Eaton Hall Specialist Academy caters for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. This means that our pupils may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which may present in many ways. These include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. Many pupils may have also experienced long-term difficulties in their lives outside school and may have struggled to maintain the expected personal, emotional and academic development in relation to their age.
Therefore, we aim to improve life chances for all our pupils by addressing their social and emotional needs at all times they are with us. We aim to restore equilibrium between the child and family, return the child to the home setting and where appropriate, to mainstream education.
In short, we believe in educating the whole child.
All pupils at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which identifies what the individual needs are for each pupil. The EHCP, alongside our curriculum, also informs our whole provision.
In many ways, Eaton Hall Specialist Academy is not fundamentally different from a great mainstream school. We broadly follow the National Curriculum and approach learning in the same way as other schools. We are ambitious for our pupils and aspire to provide access to GCSEs or other appropriate qualifications so that pupils make a successful transition to further education or training when they leave. All pupils also experience our Curriculum Enhancement programme, which enables them to develop positive relationships with peers and adults, experience aspects of everyday life in a supportive way and build cultural capital outside of the classroom.
In our plans for personal and social development we use a broad range of strategies, all guided by the boys’ individual needs. We are influenced by the Thrive programme for developing social and emotional wellbeing and use activities flexibly. Crucially, all our approaches are underpinned by strong and dependable relationships, purposely built with the adults at Eaton Hall.
As Eaton Hall Specialist Academy is a residential school we are able to provide a 24-hour curriculum to further overcome developmental and academic barriers. All children are initially admitted on a residential basis and during the initial assessment period (10 to 12 school weeks) children board on a weekly basis, going home every weekend. After this, children begin to spend more time at home. The pace at which this happens is agreed by all concerned and varies according to individual needs.
As you may expect, high expectations for pupil behaviour are firmly established and strongly maintained at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy. This is achieved by effective teamwork; creating a safe, secure, dependable and supportive environment, underpinned by the Norfolk Steps approach to behaviour.
Finally, we recognise that children, whose parents/carers fully support and involve themselves with us, are those who make the most progress. As such, Eaton Hall Specialist Academy is committed to both the principle and practice of parents as partners and considerable emphasis in our work is placed on talking to, listening to and working effectively with parents and carers. Whole family engagement is encouraged and welcomed.