Meet The Team
Zoë Blackwell - Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Zoë and I am new to the Infants School team and excited to be the Lead Teacher in the Harbour. I have been a teacher for 11 years; during that time I’ve also been SENCo. I love working with children of all ages and am particularly passionate about supporting children with additional needs and helping them to reach their full potential. Nurture is at the heart of everything I do. I love gardening, wildlife, baking and having fun with my own 2 children at home.
Louisa Baker - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Hi, my name is Louisa. I’ve been working at the Infants School for 14 years and I’m really looking forward to lots of fun and hard work with Zoë and your children in our brand new resource base The Harbour. I have 2 grown up children who came to this school and I love baking, sewing, running and mountain biking.
Welcome to The Harbour
The Harbour is a Resource Provision within Studley Community Infants’ School that meets the needs of children who are unable to access the curriculum in a mainstream class owing to their complex needs namely Communication and Interaction difficulties including Autism Spectrum conditions.
To equip our children with the toolkit they need in order to fully participate in the wider life of the school through access to the whole curriculum. To work in partnership with parents/carers, mainstream staff and outside agencies to develop children’s self -regulation skills, increase their independence and prepare them for their future lives.
Studley Community Infants’ School is a fully inclusive school committed to going the extra mile for each and every one of our children. We strive to make sure that every child can be the best that they can possibly be. Children in The Harbour will be supported as part of a bespoke and highly individualised integration package to work towards being gradually integrated into a mainstream classroom. As every child is unique, the timescale for this will depend upon the individual child. At the core of our ethos is that children feel valued, safe and secure within their environment.
There will be a maximum of 8 children in the Harbour, all with an Education, Health and Care Plan, and they will be supported by lead teacher Zoë Blackwell and HLTA Louisa Baker.
We are excited to be providing this provision for the children of Warwickshire with the support of the Local Authority. For more information on Warwickshire Resourced Provision and information about the county admission process, please click on the link. https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sendspecialistsettings
Structure of a day in The Harbour
When children first join the Harbour, their day will be determined by their individual need, and a staggered start may be appropriate in some cases.
The Harbour will open at 8.45am for a 9.00am start. The children will be greeted by their key worker and welcomed into the Nurture Room. The children will be shown a visual timetable of the day and have opportunities to share how they are feeling.
A typical morning might include:
Lunchtime will take place at 11.45-12.45pm, and will initially be in the Harbour.
A typical afternoon might include:
A day in the Harbour ends at 3.05pm, where children will be supported with gathering their belongings and ending the day with positive reflection time. A home school communication book will be used for all children to enable open dialogue with parents/carers. Each day is highly structured, the aim being that our Harbour children gain the skills needed to access a mainstream classroom over time.
The Learning Environment
Please feel free to share these pictures with your children to support their transition into The Harbour.
The Nurture Room (Lighthouse)
The Classroom (Sail Boat Room)
Break Out Space (Anchor)
Sensory Room (Under the Sea)
Outdoor Area (The Beach)
The outdoor area is being developed with
input from the children.
It has direct access to a Forest School area
as well as sand and water trays, play house
and a mud kitchen. We intend to grow plants
and flowers and want to welcome wildlife into