Education Support Resources
If you have English as an additional language, please inform the school if you require further support. We will always attempt to use EAL friendly strategies to communicate with you.
If you have a hearing impairment, we have a member of staff who is trained in British Sign Language (BSL) and will happily attend meetings to support you.
Please contact school for further information.
BBC’s education support: View Website
Barnardo’s parenting support: View website
WBC Mental Health Awareness site: View website
Warrington Families Information Service View Website
Educate Against Hate
A new website to help against extremism
An “educate against hate” website has been launched by the Govenment, as part of a renewed drive against extremism.
The website holds information for schools and parents to tackle the “spell of twisted ideologies”.
The aim is to protect “impressionable minds from radical views”.
The anti-radicalisation website promises to provide “practical advice to protect children from the dangers of extremism”, with information from the government and groups such as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
It includes information on:
- warning signs of danger
- how parents should talk to children about extremism
- steps concerned parents can take
The new website can be found by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is homework organised?
Pupils are set homework mainly through the use of computer programmes such as My Maths and Sam Learning. This is a virtual learning environment designed to engage pupils in independent learning. Work can be set by teachers or pupils can explore the wealth of materials already on the site.
How is student progress monitored?
Every student is assessed when he/she arrives at New Horizons School. This allows us to obtain a baseline against which individual targets can be set. Teachers report on progress every half term, which is then relayed to both parents and mainstream schools if the pupil is dual-registered.
What is the policy on school dress?
There is clear guidance on what constitutes our school dress, which is endorsed and supported by the Management Committee. This dress code has been introduced to help raise pupil self-esteem and give them a sense of belonging and identity within the time they spend with us. Primary and KS3 students wear their host school uniform to support reintegration. Our KS4 students wear the items below:
Navy blue polo shirt
Navy blue V neck sweatshirt or ½ front zip sweatshirt or navy blue blazer
The above items should be worn with either navy/black trousers or navy/black skirt.
How do I contact the school?
If you wish to contact the school by phone regarding any concerns, details will be taken by reception and passed onto the relevant member of staff. Email contacts can be found on this website if preferred and, of course, letters can be sent in.
How are medical issues managed?
It is the responsibility of parents to inform the school of medical conditions at the point of induction or when they arise. We will work closely with parents and carers to ensure appropriate steps are taken.
We have a number of staff trained as First Aiders and keep up to date records of medical matters. If necessary, we will also carry out Risk Assessments on individual cases. Relevant staff are kept informed about these issues.
Where students develop medical needs resulting from, for example, fracture injuries, which may impede their mobility around site, we ask that the school is contacted in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Pupils who are ill during the school day will be seen by the Head of Centre, after consultation with a senior member of staff, they may either be returned to lessons or sent home following contact with parents.
We ask that you ensure the school always has up to date contact details so that there is no delay in the event of an emergency.
What access arrangements are there?
The school provides access arrangements on both sites that comply with recent legislation. Students in need of these receive careful guidance and support with parents invited in to be part of this. We request that visitors to the school who require any access arrangements contact us in advance so appropriate procedures can be put in place.
What is the policy on attendance?
The school has a statutory responsibility to record and monitor the attendance of all students. All absences should be notified by phone on the first day. If students need to attend appointments outside school for medical or other reasons, please either contact the school by phone or provide your child with a letter explaining the arrangements made.
Absence from school without permission is recorded as unauthorised on a pupil’s record. In cases of prolonged or frequent absence, a medical certificate may be required and reference made to the Education Welfare Service.
Finally, in line with other Warrington schools we also do not authorise absence for holidays during term time other than in exceptional circumstances for which written permission from the Headteacher must be sought.
What are the term dates?
Term dates are published on the ‘Parents’ area of this website
How can students get to and from school?
Students make their way to school in a variety of ways. There is a range of buses that operate as general public services. Some parents / carers may choose to drop off students by car.
What do students do with valuables?
We recognise that students increasingly carry with them a range of valuable items. We recommend that students place these items in a secure locker (key held by members of staff) during the day to keep them safe.
The school and Local Authority do not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, personal property whilst on or off the school premises.
How do I find out about trips and extra-curricular activities?
We offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities through our Enrichment Curriculum including trips to Alton Towers, London and Forest School.
What are the catering arrangements?
Pupils can buy hot food or sandwiches at both sites and pupils may also bring their own packed lunches.
Enquiries regarding free school meals may be made to the Children’s Services Directorate, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NJ, Tel: 01925 442938
Parents whose children are entitled to free school meals are assured that applications are dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
How can I get more involved in school life?
We welcome the involvement of parents in the life of the school. We hold regular parents’ meetings with the pupil’s key workers and yearly social events as well as information events such as Post 16 Options evenings.
If you would like to discuss your child at any time during the school year please contact the reception staff who will direct your query to the most relevant person.
There are opportunities to join our Management Committee (governors) and if this is something you would be interested in please contact Mrs Izzard via the school office.
In an emergency
Cheshire Police (24 hour – non emergency)
Warrington Refuge Independent Domestic Abuse Service
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 24 hour free phone
0808 200 0247
Warrington Women’s Aid Refuge accommodation
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Victim Support (24 hours answer phone)
0151 424 2785
Housing Plus – Independent housing advice and services including sanctuary scheme
Domestic Abuse Recovering Together Programme (Mothers and children 7 – 11)
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) injunctions
The Hideout – Support for children and young people
Mankind – Support for male victims
01823 334244 – www.mankind.org.uk
Broken Rainbow – Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals
0300 999 5428 – www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
For people facing up to abuse towards a partner
Respect 0808 802 4040 – www.respect.uk
Support for victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse
Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247 – www.karmanirvana.org.uk