In April 2017 South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust were awarded the opportunity to open Glendinning House in Newton Abbot, South Devon. Working with Devon and Torbay County Councils, our new school responds to the lack of specialist school provision for students with social communication and interaction needs, including those on the Autism spectrum, in Newton Abbot and the surrounding area.
At South Dartmoor Academy we believe that every child should have the opportunity to attend a school in their local area that enables them to flourish and achieve their potential. We currently have 7 schools within our trust providing education to children and young people age 2-19 in mainstream school. We are therefore delighted that we have been successful in our bid to open Glendinning House which will be a much needed, new and innovative school designed for children with social, communication and interaction needs.
Our children will be working outdoors every day using nature and theme based learning to cover the national curriculum. We are working closely with Devon and Torbay Local Authorities to ensure that our school meets the needs of the community. We hope you enjoy looking through our website and finding out more about Glendinning House.
WHat's in a Name?
South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust and particularly South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton has been supported for many years by E & JW Glendinning. We decided to name our school after this family business as recognition of their support and to say thank you.
Glendinning House plans to open to students in September 2020.
We are a school for children aged from 7 to 19 (key stage 2 to key stage 5) with social interaction and communication needs including those on the Autism Spectrum. Initially we will open with up to 48 places for children, growing to 120 students over the first 4/5 years; this will include 12 sixth form places. Our students will all have Education, Health and Care Plans with a primary needs of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
Glendinning House will provide a personalised supportive environment with a curriculum set in the context of nature. Students will use outdoor learning to access the National Curriculum, developing communication, interaction, social and emotional skills. Working in partnership with our students, and their parents/carers, Glendinning House will support our students academically and in their journey to independence. These partnerships will play a vital role in ensuring our students enjoy, succeed and achieve.
Lower school, years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, will follow a project based learning approach. Nature and the outdoors will be the basis for all learning, complimented by a personalised enrichment programme. Pupils will work in small groups, based on stage not age where appropriate, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance. Year 9 is a transition year when students consider qualification options and begin to consider certain subjects individually. During years 10 and 11 students work towards personal qualifications alongside their communication, interaction, social and emotional curriculum. Some of our students may choose to remain with us at Key Stage 5 for years 12 and 13, whilst others will be supported in their selection and transition to other colleges and places of training.
The design of our new school creates the foundation for our curriculum providing both indoor and outdoor learning environments. The needs of our potential students have been paramount in the development of our plans.
Timeline to Planned opening
As we head towards our planned opening in September 2020 we will achieve exciting milestones including the design and build of our new school, the appointment of our Head Teacher and staff team, the recruitment of school governors and development of relationships with the local and wider community.
Branding and Website Design
Admissions Statement Developed
Building design process begins (approx)
Design & Build Technical Advisors assigned
March - 19
Planning application submitted
Recruitment for Head Teacher begins
Building work begins (approx)
Staff Team Recruitment
Head Teacher starts in post
Funding Agreement with DFE is made
OFSTED pre-registration inspection
Readiness to open meeting
Glendinning House plans to open to first cohort