Heart of the Forest Community Special School is the only school in the Forest of Dean serving children and young people who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs. Our pupils range from 3 – 19 years.
Like any other school in the country, teaching and learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum.
The accommodation consists of thirteen class-based areas, food technology room, Multi Sensory Room, ICT/Music room, hydrotherapy pool, music room, Life Skills room, physiotherapy room, sports hall and assembly hall/dining room.
At present pupils are taught in groups according to Key Stage.
Playgrounds and a grassed area are available to the pupils together with large play equipment and enclosed play areas with safety surfaces for the younger pupils.
Information and Communication Technology is used throughout the School with interactive white boards in every classroom and a good supply of relevant and structured programme material is available to all pupils.
We believe that Education is a partnership between home, school and Governors. We aim to build on the things your child has already learned, to work closely with you and involve you in all aspects of school life.
May we invite you to take every opportunity to come into school on both formal and informal occasions? Together we will ensure that we work for the benefit of your child to give him or her the best possible start in life based on a well-balanced education.
Melissa Bradshaw, Headteacher
In case of unforeseen school closures, e.g. heavy snowfall or very severe storms, parents are asked to tune into the local radio station, Heart FM or Radio Gloucestershire, to find out whether Heart of the Forest Community Special School is closed. A list of affected schools should be broadcasted regularly. Gloucestershire County Council website lists school closures. We also belong to the text messaging service Teachers2Parents, and will send an appropriate message to the mobile phone number we have been given, or a voice-mail equivalent to the home phone.
Celebrating the impact of Music Therapy