The Observatory School is a mixed 9-16 community specialist provision for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and a number of other special education needs. A successful and growing school, it’s housed in a significantly adapted group of buildings on a green (but very well-connected) site.
While boys living on the Wirral have a choice of two SEMH secondary schools, The Observatory School is the only SEMH provision available for girls. All the school’s young people have been identified as having (or probably having) SEMH or ASC as a primary need. Many young people have other special educational needs. Amongst the conditions for which the school caters are:
Until recently the school accommodated up to 55 children. However, rapid increase in demand means that over 90 children are now on roll, and this growth is set to continue for the foreseeable future. Parents like the school and so do their children: September’s attendance is currently over 90%.
The school’s philosophy and approach has been overhauled in the past year, with an innovative new personalised curriculum and structure. The governing body are committed, extremely experienced and able to advocate effectively on the school’s behalf.
The work we do changes children’s lives and has wider reaching influences on other people that surround the children. This impact cascades widely out of the school. Some of our pupils have told us they “would not be here” if it was not for the school.