The Edith Borthwick School

Enabling everyone to reach and go beyond their potential

Home Page

School Phase overview

Picture 1
Picture 2

Welcome to School Phase


Our School Phase caters for students from the age of 3 to 14 years and we currently have 150 students placed in this phase. School phase is split into 3 Key Stages; Early Years/Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.


Early Years/Key Stage 1           - Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4

Key Stage 2                               - Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9, Class 10

Key Stage 3                               - Class 11, Class 12, Class 13, Class 14


We have 14 classes in School phase and the number of students range from 8 students to 16 students. The level of staffing provided in each class is high and will depend on the need of the students in each class, there is a minimum of 4 staff (1 Teacher and 3 Teaching Assistants).


Students can be welcomed into our school at any time during the academic year as we have no fixed yearly intake. A suitable integration programme for each student will be arranged with the student, parents and where appropriate their educational placement/pre- school.


We offer a Breakfast Club for all our students at the start of each day at 9.10-9.25am. We also offer a wide range of Lunch Clubs with at least two running every day. A selection of the current clubs on offer are computer club, trampoline club, football club and pop club. They are very popular with our students and provide an excellent opportunity for them to develop a range of social skills.


Most of our classes take part in weekly swimming lessons at a local pool, either Halstead or Coggeshall, and the students are transported to the pool by coach.


There are weekly assemblies which are led by the Class Teachers and cover a very wide and varied range of topics. Assemblies are very interactive and we encourage the students to take part where possible. 


In School Phase we follow a Key Skills Curriculum which is delivered through a termly topic. Each Key Stage has their own programme of topics offering exciting and motivating activities that we hope will engage our students in their learning. We encourage our students to read widely and base our phonics  approach on 'Jolly Phonics'. All classrooms are well equipped with a range of ICT; Interactive White Boards, Notebooks, Digital and Flip Cameras, iPod Touch and Docking Station, Nintendo Wii’s and iPads.


All activities and lessons are planned to be as practical, engaging and interactive as possible.


The six Curriculum areas covered in School Phase are:

  • Communication Language and Literacy 
  • Problem Solving
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Creative Development and
  • Physical Development.


The daily timetable is broken down into six lessons so each subject is covered.


The School Phase encourages good communication with Parents/Carers and each student has a Home/School book which is shared between home and school. The school has an open telephone policy and parents are able to phone and speak to staff about any concerns issues they may have. There are opportunities during the year for parent/teacher consultation and these happen in the Autumn and Spring terms. One Plan/Transfer Review meetings are held on a annual basis. 


In School Phase we take advantage of the local community and each class will have access to Community Access on a regular basis. Visits might include trips to the Library, local shops to practise money skills, local farms etc. Day trips take place on a regular basis and may be linked to the termly topic.

Students in Key Stage 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to take part in Residential trips away from home/school or Activity weeks. We are hoping to establish a link with Rayne Primary school so that some students can have a link with a local Mainstream School. The students would be supported by a member of staff. 


As a school we take part and support many national events; Children in Need, Jeans for Genes, Comic Relief and Sport Relief, Harvest for the Hungry, Wear it Pink. This Christmas we took our lead from the John Lewis advert and supported Age UK, holding a Cake Sale and delivering hampers to local Care Homes and Assisted Homes.   

We encourage Parents/Carers to come and join us for special events such as our Christmas Show, Nativity, Spring Celebration, Open Day, Summer Celebration and our Sports Activity Day.