The Linnet Independent Learning Centre is an independent special school for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. The majority of our students have significant attachment disorders. All of our pupils are taught on a 1:1 basis throughout the school week to enable them to develop effective working relationships. The school caters for boys between the ages of seven and sixteen. Most pupils stay with us until the age of sixteen. After that, the pupils move onto a college placement, or onto a special school sixth form provision. There are places for 15 pupils at the school. There are currently 14 boys on roll. However, the number varies from time to time since few of our pupils join us at the normal entry dates.
We offer a blend of therapeutic education and care for pupils who have experienced difficulties within mainstream and often also within other special educational provision. At The Linnet the focus is on empowering pupils to realize their intellectual and social potential by presenting mainstream curriculum and community responsibilities in a manner that enables individuals to understand that their experiences are relevant, their feelings validated and their contributions important. The school motto: “Well-being, Involvement, Support and Challenge” illustrates well the school’s emphasis upon development of the ‘whole person’, within a context that promotes learning independence.
Our school has strong multi-agency and community links and responds with enthusiasm to the Government Strategy “Every Child Matters”. We work hard to ensure that pupils see the relevance of what they learn in the classroom to real-life through visits and visitors that are part of each pupil’s weekly learning entitlement. 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.