Every pupil at Mill Water School has a personalised curriculum designed to meet their individual and specific needs. Pupils' target sheets, which are updated termly, define what they need to achieve next. We set both curriculum targets and personal, behavioural or communication targets. This means that teachers, parents and pupils know exactly what their objectives are, the strategies that are being put in place to meet the objectives, and what progress is being made. Where pupils are not on track to make their targets, specially designed interventions will be put in place to help them achieve.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which every pupil can access at their own level.
We believe that outdoor education can play a massive part in improving the life chances and learning opportunities for pupils with SEN. We have qualified Forest School leaders and staff trained in Survival Skills and Bushcraft. This means that we can take full advantage of the magnificent Bicton College grounds and offer small groups regular outings into the woods to explore, discover and learn. Behaviour, cooperation and attitude to risk improve as pupils are given opportunities to engage with nature and the environment around them.
We actively encourage physical fitness in school. Pupils (and staff) use our fitness suite (rowing machines, cross trainer, exercise bike, punch bag etc) regularly.
We encourage active playtimes and children use a range of equipment in the playground.
All pupils have the opportunity to ride a bike. Biking sessions are scheduled as part of the curriculum.
Pupils have the opportunity to use our brand new Sports Barn which we share with Bicton College. We are a Satellite Club, sponsored by Active Devon, working in conjunction with Bicton College students to promote inclusion in a range of sports (cricket, basketball, football, volleyball).
Pupils either use our own hydrotherapy pool or go swimming at Exmouth Pool.
Teams take part in the Devon Youth Ability Games and the Ability Football League. We regularly have professional coaches working with groups of pupils.
We are able to use a Multi Use Games Area on the Bicton College site each week, providing all year round sporting opportunties.
Relationships and Sex Education
All pupils from Year 6 onwards are invited to attend Relationships and Sex Education, which is delivered in an appropriate manner by our own staff. We have developed our own programe which builds year on year. Parents can see the programme and the resources which we use. Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child from the non-statutory part of this programme.