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Applebee Wood Community Specialist School

Respect, Belonging, Trust, Resilience, Aspiration

School Vision, Belief & Aims

Our vision and aims are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

Applebee Wood Specialist School has been offering specialist provision in teaching pupils with Educational Health Care Plans for over 50 years. Children who attend Applebee Wood Specialist School are happy and safe in our nurturing environment.

Pupils are offered not only education, but vital skills needed for adulthood. Our strategy is to encourage children to develop coping strategies, raise self-awareness, build self-esteem and confidence.

At Applebee Wood we are a trauma informed school creating a positive ethos, providing young people with a direct experience of reliable attachment figures and a safe and caring environment. We identify the 6 key principles of trauma-informed practice being:

Safety, Trust, Choice, Collaboration, Empowerment and Cultural consideration.

We have specialist trained teachers and a large number of dedicated staff who will support and understand every child’s individual needs. Our class sizes are small to provide pupils with the specialist care they deserve and need, whilst providing this in our warm and nurturing environment.


Our Vision

To offer a safe place for children with special needs to thrive, their needs are at the heart of everything we do. The whole Applebee Wood team works together to meet the needs of the child and families with support from SEN experts and outside agencies. 


Our Values 







School Beliefs

It is important to create a happy, safe and secure leaning environment where all pupils’ needs are met, where progress achievements and success are recognised and praised.

It is important to help students acquire knowledge, skills, and confidence, which enables them to lead a full, interesting and independent life.

It is important to listen and respect the pupils voice and their contributions.

It is important to develop pupil’s personal responsibility and encourage decision making and choice, communicating through whatever means appropriate.

It is important to offer opportunities for working cooperatively alongside others, developing friendship and respect for others.

It is important to promote the pupil’s spiritual, physical and emotional well-being so that they are secure, confident and well-motivated.

It is important that all statutory guidance is delivered to the pupils.

It is important that all staff are provided with training and development opportunities to enable effective practice.


School Aims

Every child is unique we aim to create a special place where children feel happy, safe and loved.

We believe that successful learning thrives in a fun, creative and stimulating environment.

We strive for excellence and enjoyment in everything we do.

We believe that the individual matters. We are committed to breaking down barriers and providing equal opportunities for everyone.

We value effective partnerships with our families and friends and firmly believe that together we can help every child reach their dreams.