Volunteers

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At present we are unable to accept any students and volunteers as we
are fully booked.

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Millwood Primary Special School 

Student Handbook

 

Student and volunteer coordinator - Jill Tierney, Assistant head 

The Ethos of Millwood Primary Special School

We aim to foster every pupil’s academic, social, physical and emotional development to its full potential, by recognising the importance of:

  •  A happy and secure working and social environment.
  • The need to meet every child’s individual needs.
  • The right to access a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for every child.
  • Positive and caring relationships between all members of the school community.
  • An active partnership with parents and carers.

 

 A bit about us:

Millwood School is Bury’s only Primary Special School. It caters for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and severe learning difficulties (SLD). We also have specialist classes for children on the autistic spectrum. (ASD)

Children can be accepted from the age of two years onwards, up to the age of eleven. At eleven, most children transfer to Elms Bank Specialist College, which is a high school for children with learning difficulties. 

 

Organisation of classes

There are 15 classes in the school. 

Class

Year

Teachers

         Nursery 1

   EYFS-PMLD

Joanne Hurst/Louisa Carter

Nursery 2

EYFS-SLD

Deborah Vaughan

Whitelow 1

EYFS-ASD

Gemma Capps

Whitelow 2

EYFS-ASD

Emily Walker

Redvales 1

Key stage 2-PMLD

Katie Collinge

Redvales 2

Key stage 2- SLD

Mike Price

Redvales 3

Key stage 1-SLD

Hayley Hogg

Redvales 4

Key stage 2 - SLD

Donna Melia

Redvales 5

Key stage 2-ASD

Hannah Alessandra

Redvales 6

Key Stage 2- Sensory

Anna Isaacs

Irwell 1 ASD Sensory
Catherine Jackson
Irwell 2 Key stage 2-SLD Katy Nield/Jill Tierney
Irwell 4 Key stage 1 - ASD Eleanor Parkes
Irwell 5 Key stage 2 - ASD Alison Wild
Irwell 6 Key stage 2 - ASD Stephanie Bhola

 

Staffing

The school management team consists of the Head teacher (Helen Chadwick), Deputy head (Caroline Henley) and Assistant heads (Joanne Hurst and Jill Tierney).  

The school has fifteen teachers, and approximately thirty teaching assistants.  The ratio of teaching assistants is at least two per class. Some children have 1:1 support and therefore the staffing levels are higher in these classes. 

The student and volunteer coordinator at Millwood is Jill Tierney.

 

Support Services

The school has an ‘on-site’ nurse. We also have Speech Therapists and Physiotherapists who work with the children, developing skills that have been highlighted on their Statement of Special Educational Needs. Visiting professionals include Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers from the Sensory Support Services, Orthoptists, Chiropodists, School Dentists, School Medical Officer and a Consultant Paediatrician.

 

Integration

Throughout the children’s time at Millwood, they may have the opportunity to integrate with children in mainstream primary schools, on a weekly basis, or dual placement if appropriate. We also encourage integration of groups of mainstream pupils into whole classes within Millwood.

 

Special Facilities

The school has its own hydrotherapy pool and two light stimulation rooms.  There is a teaching kitchen. This is timetabled, enabling each class to teach food technology on a weekly basis. The school has its own medical room, speech therapy room and physiotherapy room. We have a minibus that is used by all the classes. 

 

 Guidelines for students.

This is our school statement of intent.

“To encourage each child to develop to their full potential, within a caring, stimulating and creative environment.”

 

The School Day

  • Please arrive at school by 8.45, sign in at reception and report to your class.
  • 8.50 – 10.45 Session one. As a new student, your main role will be getting to know the children. Talk to them and listen to them. Be ready to help them if required, but also be prepared to encourage them to be independent and learn by doing things for themselves.
  • 10.45 – 11.00 Break time. You will have the opportunity to make a drink in the staffroom during this time. Please return to class promptly at 10.45 to greet the children as they come in from playtime.
  • 11.00 – 11.50 Session two. As in session one. As you become more familiar with the classroom routine and the pupils you may be asked to plan an activity. When planning an activity, be well prepared and make sure it is appropriate for the children’s ability. (Remember you only need to ask if you need help.)
  • 11.50 – 12.30 Lunchtime. During this time you will be expected to either assist the children in the dining room, or you may be asked to do some preparation work in the classroom. 
  • 12.30 – 1.00 This is your lunchtime. If you are staying in school please use the teaching kitchen to eat in. If going off site please make sure you sign out and in again on returning to school.
  • 1.00 – 3.00 Afternoon session. As outlined above in session one and two. If there is nothing specific for you to do, offer your help, or check if drinks need to be made, pencils or crayons need sharpening, toys for tidying, etc. After being in school for a short time you will have picked up the routine and will able to help using your own initiative. 
  • 3.00 – 3.30 During this time you may be asked to escort children to their buses, or complete preparation work in the classroom.

 

Dress code  Please ensure you dress in an appropriate manner for working in a special school with young children. Mobile phones must be switched off except during your break times. 
 

Health and Safety Sign in and out every time you enter and leave the building, make sure you indicate which class you are working in, in the signing in file. Please familiarise yourself with the fire exits in your area. In the event of a fire follow instructions that staff give you. 

Absences  If you are unable to come into school for any reason, phone school before 8.30 on 0161 764 6957 to let us know when and why you will be away.

Assignments  If you have any work to complete whilst you are on placement, let your teacher know on your first day, so we can help you. When your work is complete, please show it to your teacher. If you need an assessment form completing for your tutor, please make sure this is also given to your teacher on your first day. 
 
Confidentiality  You are privileged to be able to work with the children at Millwood Special Primary School. Remember that everything you learn about the children and their families is confidential. If you are related to any child in the school, or are a family friend, please inform us on arrival as this could affect where you are placed.
 
Student Support  If you have any problems, please let us know. Talk to the staff you are working with or to Mrs Tierney (Student/Volunteer Coordinator)

Care and Safety

Mobility  Some children require wheelchairs for transportation around school, others have special chairs or standing frames that can be moved. Other children may need to be moved in a buggy. Please ensure that you do not under any circumstances attempt to manoeuvre a wheelchair or a buggy, unless you have consulted a member of staff.

 

Moving and HandlingThe school has a policy on moving and handling that requires staff to attend a course. As you are with us for a short time it is not possible to train you to do this correctly. Students should not lift any child. This includes very small children in rough and tumble type games or a larger child who has dropped to the floor in a fit or a tantrum.  

Some children display behaviour of an aggressive or unacceptable nature. You may see staff holding children forcibly and in a way that may look like it is against their will. Staff are using handling techniques that they have been specially trained in, on the TEAM TEACH programme of positive handling.  This enables us to restrain the children safely.  Under no circumstances must you restrain a child in any way (unless they are in immediate danger of serious injury). Children who require extra support for behaviour will be managed by the class team.
 
Hygiene  You may be asked to escort children to the toilet. Please ensure that children maintain high standards of hygiene. Some children require nappies, members of staff will change these children when necessary. You should never change children’s nappies. 
Accidents my require cleaning up bodily fluids. Before clearing up such spillages please speak to a member of staff. Always wear disposable gloves and use the appropriate cleaning materials when clearing up any accidents. 

Risk assessments are completed for class/off-site visits

 

Child Protection  The school child protection officer is Ms Henley, the Deputy head. If you have any concerns about a child, please discuss them with us.  School policy is to discourage hugging children or sitting on knees. Staff can use their discretion in this area, within school guidelines.  As students you should not initiate such intimate physical contact with children. 
 

If in doubt, ask a member of staff.

 If you would like to apply for volunteer work or work experience at Millwood School, please complete the application form and return to Jill Tierney. Thank you. 

  

Access the Volunteer Application Form here:

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[Microsoft Word]

 

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At present we are unable to accept any students and volunteers as we
are fully booked.

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