Releasing Potential School



27th April 2020 – 9am

To all Releasing Potential Parents, Carers and Students

Dear All,

We have now all been working together as a community for several weeks, to deliver a blended package of education to students including some 1:1 sessions on and off site, as well as weekly work packs delivered to students’ homes and regular welfare calls home. We thank you all for your patience and for engaging as well as can be expected in this time of difficulty and uncertainty.

As of today, Mon 27th April, we will be launching informal video content for students to access alongside their work packs. Videos will be accessible here on our school website, and will correspond to activities in work packs and to our curriculum subjects. The videos will also be a nice way for students to stay involved in the life of the school – with key teaching staff presenting on/demonstrating in their specialist subjects with plenty of added humour!

For those students just joining the school, we hope the videos will also aid in the transition period by helping students get a flavour of what we can offer and even a chance to ‘meet’ staff ahead of time! We also want to remind students how much we miss seeing them for a full timetable, and to keep in touch with those self-isolating or unable to attend on site. Watch here to see how staff are coping without our students!

19th March 2020 – 11am

To all Releasing Potential Parents and Carers

Dear All

Further to the announcements from central government yesterday, we have been making plans to honour our responsibility as a vital provider to the most vulnerable children in the community. As you are aware, all our students have EHC Plans, which means Releasing Potential school will remain open for the foreseeable future.

The team here are working on a strategy to ensure that all our students will continue to receive their education. Given the restrictions placed on us by staffing shortages, and the health risks entailed in some group activities, we envisage that this will mean a reduced timetable, on a mainly one to one basis, even for those who are usually part of a group.

We are in the process of producing work-packs for students including those who are still well, but are self-isolating; we will arrange for these to be dropped off and collected from students’ homes. Tutors will be in touch with parents/carers through daily phone calls, to check on students’ welfare, and to offer what support we can. Tutors will contact parents/carers before the end of the day on Friday 20th March, to confirm arrangements for individual students.

We are in regular contact with the Local Authorities in West Sussex and Hampshire, and they are aware of our plans to continue working with students.

We will, of course, be in touch if or when anything changes. Please be assured of our commitment to working with your children throughout this worrying time.

Best regards


(Dr) Catherine Brennan

Senior Executive Officer and Safeguarding Lead

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Some children don’t thrive at mainstream school and struggle to cope in that type of environment. Most of our students will have tried mainstream school and may have been at Pupil Referral Units; neither setting will have worked well for them.

The idea of the Releasing Potential Community is a central one, and includes staff and young people. We work very hard to maintain a warm, caring atmosphere where everyone feels valued and everyone is safe to make mistakes, providing they are honest about them and prepared to learn from them going forward.

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7 Kingcroft Court





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DfE number: 850-6093

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4 St James' Works

St Pancras


West Sussex

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