What is SAFE?

SAFE is an independent special school, catering for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), mainly those due to bullying or autism and related conditions.

What are the differences between SAFE and a mainstream school?

SAFE is much smaller than most schools - we only have three classrooms. As a result, our student roll is very low, which makes each child's experience at SAFE more individualised and holistic than at most provisions . SAFE's teaching methods and environment reflect the SPELL framework (constructed by the National Autistic Society). The framework, which stands for Structure, Positive Expectations and Attitudes, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links, encourages a low-stimuli environment where children are at ease, accepted by others and are open to a variation of life opportunities. SAFE's main goal is to allow children to learn in a safe and understanding environment so children's confidence becomes strong enough to take the life opportunities they deserve.

What is it like to study at SAFE?

Although SAFE offers a broad, balanced curriculum, the number of subjects on offer is lower than at a mainstream secondary. This makes the timetable much less busy - students might have three different subjects in one day, rather than five or six. There are only a few teachers too, all of whom build close trusting relationships with their pupils. Although students are expected to behave with respect towards staff, they are allowed to call staff by their first names, and staff might dress in a more relaxed and casual manner than in a mainstream school. This all helps the atmosphere of the centre to be a calm, happy one.

Do SAFE students have to wear a uniform?

SAFE does not have a uniform or a dress code - our students come in wearing whatever they feel comfortable in.

How do I apply for a place at SAFE?

To apply for a place at SAFE, contact our admissions coordinator, who will guide you through the process. An outline of the steps we take during admission can be foundĀ here.

Does my child have to have an EHCP to study at SAFE?

No, SAFE is open to children with or without EHCPs, providing they meet our criteria and we can meet their needs.