A Message from the Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers,
May I take this opportunity to assure you that I will work to the best of my ability to give every student here the best chances to succeed. Those of you who know me well will expect me to carry out my role with determination and dedication.
The wellbeing of students is our top priority and I ask for your support in encouraging the core values of the school- caring, honesty, fairness & respect, perseverance, acceptance and the celebration of diversity.
Whether starting new at Maplefields or returning for another year, I hope your child will develop their character, skills and talents supported by our dedicated staff.
Welcome to Maplefields School
Maplefields is a specialist Academy based in Corby, Northamptonshire. The school caters for pupils aged 5 (Reception Year ) to 18 years (sixth form) with severe behaviour emotional and social difficulties (BESD), now known as social emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), as their primary need.
At the point of referral, many pupils have additional, associated and sometimes complex needs, which may include: ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder); ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder); ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder); Tourettes; Mental Health Difficulties; Language and Learning difficulties; Asperger's or are on the Autistic Spectrum. The school does not cater for pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism as their primary need.
Maplefields originally opened in 1998 on its previous site as a primary BESD/SEMH School and has developed over the years extending the age range and provision offered.
In April 2007 the age range was extended from Primary to Secondary (Year 1 to Year 11) and in September 2011 the Post 16 provision was set up extending the age range to 18 years. In September 2012 the school became an Academy. This was a considered response by senior leaders, governors and staff to the school's consistent outstanding status and desire to provide the best possible learning outcomes for all pupils in the school community. The current specification caters for pupils from Year R (reception) to the sixth form.
The school serves the north of Northamptonshire (Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants), but some pupils come from further afield if places are available, including neighbouring local authorities.
Most pupils travel on local authority transport. A small number of pupils who live locally walk or cycle to school.
The academy provides a Behaviour Outreach Service to schools in the north of the county and supports a number of BESD/SEMH schools across the country upon request with behaviour outreach and school improvement work.
The Extended Team support parents/carers within the Maplefields community and Outreach Service.
The academy is the lead school of the Maplefields Teaching School Alliance and works with the National College of School Leadership (NCSL) to support Headteacher Training and Development (NPQH) placements,Initial Teacher Training (ITT), School to School Support and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).The alliance works in partnership with Pen Green Teaching School Alliance which is also based in Corby and specialises in Early Years and Research and Development.
The academy works with Pilgrim Partnership and the University of Northampton to train teachers who are placed within schools in the alliance through ITT (Initial Teacher Training).The aim is to recruit the very best teachers in order to enable our children to achieve their very best outcomes.
Maplefields School moved to the new site in March 2012. Our school buildings offer children from age 5 to 18 years superb opportunities to achieve their absolute best within the purpose built learning environment.
The school is divided into Primary, Secondary and Post 16 each with their own inclusive learning environment and separate timetabled day.
All our pupils enjoy cooking in the Food Technology rooms, exploring Science and Design Technology in the specialist rooms and having plenty of space to work in the art and ceramics room. Primary pupils enjoy soft play and our excellent library facilities. Older pupils are also able to enjoy the climbing wall and sports facilities offered in the huge Sports Hall and on our all-weather pitches.
Post 16 students help to shape their own timetables through the courses they are choosing and have worked together to develop their common room. We are established as a City and Guilds Centre and are offering courses in bike and motor mechanics, construction, media, food and catering.
The Anne Hodson Centre is in the process of being re-designed and re-furbished to provide an excellent base for training and meetings to support the developing work of the Maplefields Teaching School Alliance (MFTSA).
The school was purpose designed and built to cater for the needs of pupils with SEN and to allow complete access for all staff, pupils and visitors regardless of disability.
The whole building is on one level and allows wheelchair access to all areas, classrooms and specialist facilities.
The car park has allocated spaces to ensure disabled access close to the front entrance.
All our pupils are referred with a Statement of Special Educational Needs with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (BESD/SEMH) being the primary need.
At the point of referral, many pupils have additional, associated and sometimes a complexity of needs which may include: ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder); ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder); ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder); Tourette's; Mental Health Difficulties; Language and Learning difficulties; Asperger's or are on the Autistic Spectrum. The school does not cater for pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism as their primary need.
Our pupils have previously found school a challenge and have had difficulty accessing learning. We aim to help them manage their behaviour by recognising their challenges and barriers and teaching them alternative ways to respond to difficult situations. In this way we help them to access learning and move towards success.
Maplefields aims to promote independent learning and support all pupils to be able to ultimately manage and control their own behaviour
Most pupils are transported to school by taxi organised by the School Transport Section of Northamptonshire County Council. Parents/carers are notified of the taxi company details prior to the admission date and of any changes throughout the years.