The Linnet Independent Learning Centre is a school for boys with learning and/or behaviour difficulties aged between seven and sixteen years of age. The curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum, but is adapted to meet the particular needs of young people who, in most cases, are operating well below age-related expectations. The Linnet School consists of two buildings, both sharing the same site. The Nest building provides a base for education and care for 7 of our older boys. Treetops, our larger building, offers education and care to 8 of our younger emotionally vulnerable boys. Pupils will be timetabled to work in both buildings for some part of each week, but will be based in the building that best meets their needs. At the end of each academic year staff, in consultation with parents/carers, will decide which pupils might benefit most from a base in a smaller, more intimate learning environment for the year ahead. The Nest also offers facilities for parent/family support and nationally accredited child care and education learning opportunities for all our pupils’ families. Mostly, pupils at our school have a statement of special educational needs and we use this information when providing learning opportunities that offer appropriate levels of support and challenge. We present a learning experience that accommodates the needs of the ‘whole child’, has strong multi-agency and community links and responds with enthusiasm to the Government Strategy “Every Child Matters”. We believe that all young people learn best when they are actively involved and interested in the world around them and that young children learn best through quality and supported play. We intend to encourage all our pupils to develop as active, independent learners who want to investigate, explore and discover and who can become willing and able life-long learners.