Frequently Asked Questions
All staff will support students. Their tutor will have day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that academic, social and emotional support is given to your child. This will happen through the small group provision and a high staff to student ratio which will allow your child to communicate and discuss issues which are bothering her/him. We plan proactively to support skills development and differentiate work in lessons with staff who promote independence. Below you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses, which you may find helpful.
How will I know how my child is doing?
You will have the opportunity to meet with staff termly at target setting and review meetings and will receive written termly progress reports which will discuss academic subjects, attendance and behaviour. An Annual Review of your child’s Education Health Care Plan will be hosted by Releasing Potential, which will give you the opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor as well as representatives from the Local Authority and other agencies involved as appropriate. Your child’s tutor will be in touch with regular updates through calls and texts to let you know how things are going.
Progress data for all students is held centrally by the Head of School who supports tutors to analyse student progress.
How will you help me support my child's learning?
You will find an outline of our curriculum in this section of the website. We will explore with you through your attendance at regular meetings how your child learns best and you will be an key partner in the learning process.
How will I be involved in discussion about planning for my child's education?
You will be invited to Annual Reviews each academic year where plans will be discussed and decisions made. Academic and social targets will also be set termly at Target/Review meetings. A copy of the decisions and plans agreed at the Annual Review will always be sent to you.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom, including trips?
The Releasing Potential curriculum is designed so that a significant part of each day is usually spent off site involved in outdoor activities. Behavioural difficulties are not seen as a barrier to inclusion in offsite trips and activities, unless the risk assessment indicates that, despite all the measures we can put in place, the risk remains too high to permit this. Residential adventure trips are arranged in Year 11, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award or as part of the general outdoor education curriculum. Most students complete Work Experience, and in our 6th Form these can be extended placements.
How will the curriculum match my child's needs?
Different year groups have different curriculum focuses and children are allocated to the most appropriate group according to a combination of age, ability and need. Within each class differentiated programmes are followed giving a broad and balanced curriculum accessible for all.
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?
The welfare of children and young people at Releasing Potential is paramount for all staff. Your child’s tutor has responsibility for the well-being of your child. Tutors are supported by the Head of School and her Assistants/Deputies. They can access advice and support from a range of agencies including counselling services, Education Welfare, CAMHS and Social Care where appropriate.
What specialist expertise is available at Releasing Potential?
All staff are experienced in working with a range of students with complex needs and we continually train and develop our team to ensure we offer the best for our students and their families. Students who work on a one-to-one basis will be matched with appropriate staff based on their needs and interests, and this will depend on the skills and qualifications of the individual tutor.
All our staff have ongoing training in a range of special educational needs, all undertake our Level 3 qualification in the Management of Challenging Behaviour, all have regular safeguarding training and case management supervision from senior managers.
How will the school prepare my child to join?
Staff visit students when a referral is made; parents and students visit the School and we home visit every student before they take up their place with us.
Students joining in the middle of a school year are provided with a phased induction according to their needs as most new students need time to adjust and build towards a full time timetable. A detailed Information passport is requested from previous schools and we also receive copies of EHCP and any other relevant information when a student is accepted on to our roll.
How will the school prepare my child to leave or transition to the next stage of their education?
Students leaving Releasing Potential are supported in choosing the appropriate next provision, such as local FE colleges or our 6th Form. Students will have the opportunity to attend Open Days and interviews supported by our staff. Detailed transition plans are prepared drawing on our detailed understanding of each student’s needs.
Who can I contact for further information or to refer my child?
Referrals are usually made by the Local Authority, who will contact us to request that a child be placed at Releasing Potential School and will fund or part-fund the placement. However, we do offer private placements to students whose parents wish to consider Releasing Potential as a private placement. To discuss a referral, please contact the Havant office for further information and so that we can ensure your questions are answered by the most appropriate person: 0239 247 9762.
How accessible is the school environment?
Our Chichester site is fully accessible, but we are not able to accommodate wheelchair users at Havant. It is part of our School Development Plan to adapt the Havant building to allow full accessibility.
How will my concerns be managed?
If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should contact their tutor either by phone to the School office or by email to the tutor. Email is preferable because it ensures there is a written record of your correspondence, and staff are not usually available during the school day as they are teaching. All staff emails appear on the School website. A copy of our full Complaints Procedure is published in the Polices section of the website.