The Edith Borthwick School

Enabling everyone to reach and go beyond their potential

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School Organisation

School Organisation


We organise our 248 learners into 3 school phases:


Lower school - comprised of 8 classes of learners aged 3-9

Middle school - comprised of 8 classes of learners aged 9-14

Upper school - comprised of 7 classes of learners aged 14-19


Class size varies between 8 and 14 learners.  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).


Learners 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 learner will be arranged with the learner, 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 range of Lunch Clubs with at least two running every day. A selection of the current clubs on offer are computer club, Lego club and Activall 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 in lower school take part in weekly swimming lessons at a local pool, either Halstead or Coggeshall, and the learners are transported to the pool by coach.


At the Edith Borthwick School our aim is to provide a learning environment for every learner that is personalised, inclusive, safe, enjoyable and challenging with appropriate support and guidance to enable them to develop skills for life. Our aim is to give learners the skills to live as independently as possible in their life beyond school.



At the Edith Borthwick school we believe that everyone should;

Enjoy learning and achieving

Show care and concern for themselves, others and the environment

Treat others with respect and dignity and accept and tolerate others and their individual differences

Be safe, healthy and happy and be a valued member of the community

Develop self-confidence and self esteem

Put students and their families at the heart of everything we strive for


Strands of learning

We believe that there are five essential areas for Learning. Our intention is that these are part of everything that we do here at the Edith Borthwick School. Students learning happens across these areas. The headings are:



Cognition and Learning

Physical and Sensory

Social and Emotional


The curriculum is further spilt into other areas of learning:

Functional Skills – Reading, literacy, Numeracy, English, Maths

Creative Development- Music, art, drama, dance

Physical Development- PD, Swimming, Rugby, Football, Rebound, Physio, Hydro

Independent Living Skills- PSED, SRE, RE, Food Preparation, Enterprise, Personal Care

Community Awareness- Travel Training, Community visits, Recycling, Gardening, Personal Safety and Road Safety

Science and Technology- ICT, D & T, Science

Reading skills are a key focus across the school with access to set reading schemes, dedicated reading/phonics sessions. The early learning of reading is promoted through the use of Jolly phonics, sensory stories, auditory books, I pads and kindles as students move through the school.


We aim to encourage good communication with Parents/Carers and each learner 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. We also have a Family Worker team who can offer further support if required.


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 will have the opportunity to take part in Residential trips away from home/school or Activity weeks. 


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 and Wear it Pink.


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.