An Ambitious, Inspirational Partnership of Outstanding Learning
The ARB at Brannel School is a specialist, purpose built facility catering for children with an Education, Health and Care plan who have complex or multiple learning needs or disabilities. Although children are primarily educated within the ARB we strive to provide inclusive, accommodating and accessible provision for children within mainstream if and when appropriate. Application for a placement within the ARB is coordinated by the SEN team at County Hall, Truro. Applications for ARB specialist provision are made by the Primary School SENCo during the Year 5 Annual Review process.
We are currently at capacity in our ARB, providing education for twelve pupils with a variety of complex and multiple needs. Our students include those with physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum condition, speech, language and communication needs or global developmental and learning delay. All of our pupils are individuals and are treated as such: they have the potential to learn and be successful, and they have a unique contribution to make to the life of Brannel School and the Special Partnership Trust. The understanding, positive attitudes and encouragement and support of Brannel’s mainstream pupils towards pupils educated within the ARB is a clear indicator of just how ‘inclusive’ our provision truly is.
Our curriculum is designed to stimulate a love for learning and a passion for ‘finding out’. All our pupils will be encouraged to acquire knowledge and develop skills in both academic and social areas of the curriculum. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that in terms of subject delivery closely follows the National Curriculum; however our curriculum is also tailored to meet the needs of the individuals that learn with us, and as such it is important to emphasise that our curriculum is ever changing and flexible. As well as the academic subjects studied, the student curriculum currently includes life skills, social talk and a range of sensory curricular opportunities including TACPAC ™. At KS4 students are offered the opportunity to follow accredited courses including Entry Level English, Entry Level Maths and Life and Living Skills. Options are offered for GCSE qualifications in the mainstream where appropriate. Pupils achievements are celebrated regularly and they are clearly proud of what they have learnt. All pupils are encouraged to join in the social life of the school and all attend mainstream tutor groups and assemblies on a weekly basis. Mainstream curriculum opportunities are also offered for those children that can access particular academic areas or who are ready to experience mainstream environments. Within the ARB itself we try to encourage our pupils to be as independent as possible whilst providing a safe, secure environment where pupils can feel confident to explore and develop their learning – and have fun!
Our ARB is purpose built and was designed and opened in September 2011. The ARB is fully wheelchair accessible and is on the ground floor of Brannel’s building. It is a bright, airy, colourful space with an abundance of natural light. It comprising two large teaching classroom spaces, a life skills/kitchen and eating area, a therapy room with integrated hoist, a sensory room, 2 fully disability compliant large shower and toilet spaces, an incontinence changing room with integrated hoist and changing bed and a large sensory garden/enclosed outside play area with raised beds for planting. Prospective parents are more than welcome to ring for an appointment to come and see our facilities.
Education is a partnership between home and school and we place strong emphasis on communication with the parents of the children within our care. Every child has a Home School communication book that is filled in daily, detailing what your child has studied and other important information for the day. This ensures a very detailed record of communication and allows parents to prompt conversation in the evenings about what their child has done that day. It also serves as a useful tool to pass on important messages between home and school direct to the ARB staff. Parents are always welcome to visit, although it is recommended to make an appointment after school so that we can ensure someone is free to show you around or answer any questions you may have!
Please see below for details of our staffing team, and find out a bit more about them!
ARB staff also work alongside a variety of outside agency professionals including, but not limited to:
•Speech and Language support
•Hearing Support Service
•Autism Spectrum Team
•Vision Support Team
Assistant Headteacher/ARB Lead Practitionerkrowe@specialpartnership.org
Mrs Rowe has worked in education since 2006 in a variety of roles including Head of English, SENCo and ARB Manager at Brannel before moving into her current role as Assistant Headteacher and ARB Lead Practitioner with the Special Partnership Trust. She gained a BA (First Class Honours) in English and Special Educational Needs through the Open University and a Masters degree with Distinction (MEd) specialising in SEND in 2011. Mrs Rowe has previously represented Primary and Secondary ARBs in Cornwall as part of the Cornwall Council Liaison group for Specialist Provision and enjoyed the opportunity to further develop her strategic leadership skills. Having a son with significant needs, she brings a unique parental as well as professional understanding of the importance of providing quality education for young people with additional needs. Outside of school, Mrs Rowe likes gardening, cooking and crafts.
Miss Witton has been a teacher for the last 22 years. She began her career as a Science teacher in mainstream schools after qualifying with a BSc in Environmental Biology and PGCE in combined Science. She enjoyed the pastoral role of Head of Year before moving into leadership positions in a Local Authority Special School. She has worked in Special Education for the last 14 years, and has a passion for Inclusion and enabling all young people to access every opportunity in their local community. She has an MA in educational leadership, and obtained her NPQH in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys walking the coastline, camping, swimming and gardening.
For the past eight years Mrs Howard has worked with individuals of all ages who have Autism, severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities or challenging behaviour. She has been a member of staff at Brannel School since 2013, supporting students with additional needs in mainstream education and more recently within Brannel ARB. Mrs Howard has a creative background and is responsible for art lessons within the department. Later this year she will be delivering music sessions in line with the Open Orchestra Programme. Aside from school, her favourite pastimes are: painting, drawing, hiking, exploring, narrow boating, playing piano and learning the cello.
ARB Team Leader
Mrs Oleszynski joined Brannel School in 2000 as a Learning Support Assistant. Previous to this she worked as a Teaching Assistant at St Stephen Churchtown Primary School, also managing the Afterschool Club based there. In 2011 Angela moved away from mainstream SEN support work and started in Brannel’s new ARB on opening. In 2012 she was promoted to ARB Team Leader. Mrs Oleszynski holds responsibility for safe handling of medication within the ARB and manages the staff team in Miss Doyle’s absence. When not working, Mrs Oleszynski likes walking her two Springer Spaniels and spending time with her family.
Ms Harwood - Assistant Teacher
Ms Harwood joined Brannel ARB in May 2019 as a TA. Previous to this she worked at St Stephen Churchtown Academy in St Stephen. Ms Harwood has undertaken many roles supporting children with complex learning/medical needs or behavioural difficulties, including managing a Breakfast club, working in a nursery and running an after school club. Ms Harwood has experience building relationships with both parents and supporting professionals. She has completed a Foundation Degree in Arts in Teaching and Learning and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Professional Practice (Education).
In her spare time Ms Harwood enjoys raising money for childrens’ charities with her Star Wars charity group 'Force For Charity' and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
High Level Assistant Teacher
Mrs Sampson joined Brannel ARB in January 2017 as a HLTA. Previous to this she worked at Robartes ACE Academy in Bodmin and has undertaken many roles including classroom cover, supporting children with complex learning/medical needs or behavioural difficulties and planning and delivering speech and language programmes. Mrs Sampson has experience of working within a primary ARB within her previous role and has built relationships with both parents and supporting professionals. Mrs Sampson has had training in Elklan speech and language support in the classroom, Read Write Inc and has completed a Foundation Degree in ‘Arts in Teaching and Learning’.
Personal Care Assistant
Mrs Moulton joined Brannel school as part of the ARB personal care team in June 2017; previous to this Mrs Moulton worked in private medical care looking after children with complex medical conditions and needs. She has a FdA in Health and Community Studies and has enjoyed volunteering with the local Girl Guiding community in the past as a Brownie leader. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Miss Higgins joined Brannel ARB in September 2018 as a Level 2 Apprentice Teaching Assistant. She is a former pupil of Brannel school who went on to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, achieving two distinctions and a merit. Whilst studying, Amy has completed a variety of roles, including supervisory duties at Dairyland farm world and volunteering at St Dennis Primary Academy in a Year 2 class, where she worked with and assisted the less able children who needed extra help and support in their learning. In her spare time, Amy likes socialising with friends, reading, travelling and going to music concerts. Her ambition is to go to University where she would like to undertake a teaching degree.