Fountain House is designed to provide specialist education for a maximum of six pupils, who are already being cared for by Five Rivers Child Care.
The school is a very short walk for the children from their care home, crossing the rear garden and into the school building. This means that during the school day, they can still safely and easily access facilities within their home.
Within Fountain House School itself there are two classrooms: the main facility is upstairs and benefits from a high ceiling and lots of natural light. It is also well equipped with:
- Four private study booths, each with a desktop computer (with controlled internet access). Each booth allows our pupils too personalise their learning environment.
- Four desks for classroom/group activities.
- A large flat screen TV and a large whiteboard, both for teaching purposes.
- Multiple storage facilities, for the pupils’ workbooks and various teaching resources.
This combination of bespoke spaces and equipment is purpose-designed to aid the delivery of a tailored/differentiated, ever-changing curriculum. The classroom is also decorated in line with the specific topics being covered, and proudly displays an array of the pupils’ completed work, celebrating their outstanding achievements.
The downstairs classroom, which is known as the ‘Alternative Learning Suite’, contains a single private study booth, with a desktop computer (with internet access), and space for pupils to store their items and resources. The suite also offers storage where the majority of the school’s learning resources are kept. This classroom has been constructed to accommodate specific intervention work, whether that be for academic or behavioural reasons.
The school has two male and female toilets, which are cleaned and maintained on a daily basis.
Statement by a young person, via Southern Authority:
“I love Fountain House School, more than any other school I’ve been to. I feel safe, welcome and my opinions are always listened to. Our timetable is really fun and not what I expected when I first arrived. All the staff in school are great and really look after me. I never thought I would, but I actually enjoy school.”
A typical school day statement
We expect pupils to arrive promptly at 9am for intro/check-in, where staff meet and greet, and hold various discussions on a variety of topics (which we call ‘Thinking Keys’). Also, the intro/check-in can be used to discuss any issues and/or reminders of school rules, and interesting news or current affairs, before formal lessons start at around 9.20am.
Points are awarded for punctuality, behaviour and effort each day, and we set additional personalised targets, chosen to minimise unwanted behaviours and strengthen areas for development. The points earned are displayed in the classroom and tracked electronically for analysis. Each day, and weekly, they are totalled up, and can earn pupils rewards in the form of cash and trips.
The timetable is personalised to respond to individual needs and interests, while also meeting the requirements of the national curriculum and SMSC.
We also offer personalised transitions (step-down processes), which enables our pupils’ future educational providers to receive key information, advice and guidance, to assist with planning the next stages of their educational pathways.
Our curriculum policy is available on request.
Pupils at Fountain House Education Suite are regularly assessed, both formally and informally, to ensure that they are making all-round progress, academically, socially and emotionally. We see this is a core activity in the therapeutic process, and these assessments are communicated to the team. Pupils are assessed in a series of formats, at regular intervals. These include:
- Daily assessment through the Classroom Monitor assessment tool, observations and class discussions
- Regular quizzes and academic challenges
- Homework tasks (weekly)
- Weekly ‘Pupil Voice’ sessions
- End of unit/term assessments in all areas.
We report assessment results in a series of ways:
- Marking pupils’ work, so they are aware of ways to improve
- Weekly summaries of pupils’ progress in a series of areas (mini reports)
- Termly reports for social workers
- Educational summaries for all professional meetings
- Governance reports to our Board.
We set great store by school trips and the enrichment they can bring. These have included places of worship, such as a mosque and York Minster, to raise awareness of diversity and difference in the wider community. Similarly, there are planned visits to a synagogue and a Sikh temple. We have also arranged trips to an adventure centre; local live sports venues and museums; talks by the local police to raise awareness of bullying and violent behaviours; joining a local library to promote and improve reading; and visiting a war museum as a part of the history curriculum. All are aimed towards promoting British values.
Additionally, extra-curricular activities are offered on-site, such as:
- Music and singing lessons where the student has the opportunity to learn how to perform a song of their choosing and, if appropriate, learn basic guitar playing.
- One-to-one swimming lessons at a local hydrotherapy (SEN) swimming pool.
- Local facilities where a wide range of sports can be accessed and areas of interest encouraged, by agreement with staff.
- Each term we hold an MFL week on a specific country of choice, and examine their culture and beliefs. Also, the pupils undertake cooking activities linked to the MFL scheme.
- At the end of each academic week, pupils can enjoy an activity of their choice, provided they have earned enough points throughout the week. This can range from trips to the local theatres to attending the local golf driving range.
At Fountain House, the curriculum encompasses all of the planned activities organised to promote learning and development. It includes activities that meet the formal requirements of the national curriculum as well as essential opportunities to provide a nurturing 24-hour programme, tailored to the complex needs of all pupils. We ensure that everyone in our care receives a broad, balanced education that takes into account the individual differences of their backgrounds, abilities and needs, in order to make their education relevant to their particular circumstances. We aim to teach our pupils how to develop into happy, confident and responsible people, who can trust and co-operate with others while developing their understanding and skills so that they can reach their full potential.
As a school we cover all core subjects:
We also offer a number of foundation subjects, such as:
- Design Technology
- Food Tech
Geography, Design Technology and Food Tech are covered in our outdoor learning environment ‘The Incredible Farm’, which we attend once a week. Outdoor provision gives our pupils the chance to experience an alternative approach to classroom learning. Since it began in 2017, it has proved to be extremely successful academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
We also cover Physical Education (PE) each week, and with an alternative approach attached to it: we use a wide variety of external provisions, enabling our pupils to experience unique learning opportunities, ranging from Parkour (free-running) to moto biking. We believe in giving our pupils select experiences that they wouldn’t ordinarily get the chance to try again.
Overall, our curriculum has an ‘incentive to learn’ approach. This means that if a pupil completes work and/or adheres to their personalised targets, they will receive money tokens which can be cashed in at the end of each term for real money. We believe that our pupils need a push or a reason to learn, and by offering them prizes for targets, we encourage them to engage more frequently and effectively.
Please note that the following policies are available on request:
Health & Safety Policy
- Fountain House Ofsted Report
- Fountain House Prospectus
- Fountain House Education Safeguarding Policy
- Fountain House Assessment Policy
- Fountain House Anti-Bullying Policy
- Fountain House School Complaints Policy
- Fountain House Special Education Needs Policy
- Fountain House Curriculum Policy
- Fountain House Behaviour Policy
- Fountain House Educational Visits Policy
- Fountain House Attendance Policy
- Fountain House Health and Safety Policy
- Fountain House First Aid Policy