THE RIVER CENTRE
The River Centre is one of eight Specialist Centres attached to a mainstream school opened in Surrey in September 2004 catering for the education of Key Stage 2 children with learning difficulties. Key Stage 2 entry into Surrey’s learning difficulty special schools is gradually being phased out allowing for the development of specialisms within those schools.
The first pupils were Year 3 children but gradually the number of children in the centre is increasing and there are places for up to approximately 16 Key Stage 2 pupils, ie four pupils in each year group. Pupils will almost definitely have a Statement of Special Educational Needs and have already received a high level of learning support within their Key Stage 1 settings.
At Loseley Fields Primary School we see the River Centre as a centre for the inclusion of pupils with moderate learning difficulties within a thriving mainstream Primary School. Pupils who attend the River Centre come from a wider local area than most of the mainstream school children and those eligible are entitled to school transport provided by Surrey County Council. For admissions there is an annual countywide panel process to ensure that pupils selected would benefit from the specialist support provided by the Centre and who meet the criteria for admission.
The River Centre staff work as part of the Loseley Fields Primary School team and provide specialist teaching support for the pupils within the Centre as well as learning support within the mainstream school setting. The Centre pupils all belong to a Year group class and access the National Curriculum as fully as possible.
Overall, we want our River Centre pupils to fulfil their potential intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially – to be independent and enthusiastic learners and to develop a love of learning, regardless of the barriers that stand in their way.