Welcome to our ARB

Trematon Area Resource Base (ARB) is a valued and integral part of Saltash Community School. It provides a specialised environment for children with severe and complex learning difficulties. The ARB is a provision for pupils aged between eleven and sixteen years old.

OfSTED

In our most recent OfSTED visit, inspectors made the following observations about the teaching and support provided to students by Trematon ARB:

“Skilled teaching assistants support pupils well”
“Pupils with SEND who have EHC plans are making strong progress; many of these are in the ARB”
“Pupils within the ARB demonstrate high levels of achievement in relation to their starting points”.

Philosophy

Trematon ARB values every child as an individual: our setting encourages every child to achieve their full potential and to develop an intrinsic desire to learn and participate in school, family and community life. We provide a calm, caring environment in which academic, social, emotional and sensory needs are met. We aim to develop the children’s self-esteem, self-awareness and self-confidence by promoting and building on the children’s strengths and interests, developing strategies and skills that will prepare them for the next stage of their development and life.

The ARB team

The ARB benefits from an experienced and professional team who receive regular training in order to maintain high standards and expertise. The current team is as follows:

Senior ARB teacher, SENCO and DDSL: Helen Hodson (hhodson@saltashcloud.net)

ARB teacher and year 8/9 Key worker: Gareth Hunt (ghunt@saltashcloud.net)

ARB Learning Support Assistant and year 7 key worker: Nathan Flaherty (nflaherty@saltashcloud.net)

ARB Learning Support Assistant and year 10 key worker: Hannah Keyes (hkeyes@saltashcloud.net)

ARB Learning Support Assistant and year 11 key worker: Alice Pollard (apollard@saltashcloud.net)

Parents and Carers

The ARB recognises that the parents and carers play the most significant role in their child’s development. We work in partnership with parents and all other agencies to ensure continuity of approach for all concerned. The ARB seeks to promote the full involvement of parents through:

  • Regular daily updates through the “Class Dojo” application where student progress and achievements can be shared with parents and carers.
  • Formal and detailed Education, Health Care Plan annual reviews.
  • Open communication by text, phone or email at any time during the working day.

Curriculum and Routines

The students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to promote the academic, spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of all children. The students have full access to the National Curriculum, including the Foundation Stage, through relevant and stimulating lessons which enable every child to reach their full potential. The subjects are modified and differentiated so that they are appropriate for the age and stage of each child, and accessible for all. Emphasis is placed upon communication skills, social skills and the development of independence, life and thinking skills.

The Environment and Facilities

The ARB is equipped to meet the needs of the children who attend the ARB. Each of the streamed teaching groups is taught in a separate room in order to encourage distraction-free learning and for students with sensory needs there is a quiet room which is in the process of being developed into a full sensory room. There is also a separate dining area and kitchen which is used as a social space and teaching resource for life skills and food tech lessons. When the weather is fine there is an outdoor garden and eating area.