The Wizards

The Wizards Vision

The Wizards provision has been created as part of HCAT’s commitment to our pupils. The Wizards focuses on working with children who are displaying social, emotional and mental health issues within their educational setting and due to this may be at risk of suspension or exclusion.

The Wizards vision is to provide bespoke pathways for children to develop their emotional, social and academic selves. We work on this through a well designed curriculum that has an increased emphasis on developing emotional understanding, self esteem, communication and interaction and social understanding and relationships. Whilst developing the emotional and social skills children need we in turn develop learning behaviours to increase their ability to independently access an academic curriculum.

The Wizards Offer

The Wizards is committed to creating a community within an education setting which values respect, responsibility, and resilience, in which a child can grow & thrive safely. We aim to build secure relationships with the children who attend in order for them to feel safe and happy coming to school.

Our curriculum offers a bespoke package for each child initially focusing on their emotional and social development to ensure they are ready and able to access academic learning with the appropriate learning behaviours. We will work with your child’s home school to identify a pathway of learning for them to follow to develop both emotionally and socially to flourish in the next stage of their education.

We have a bespoke behaviour curriculum which works around the three core values of resect, responsibility and resilience. We teach the children explicitly what these look like and how these values can support us in becoming good citizens in the world around us.

We will work in partnership with the home schools, continuously throughout the placement, maintaining links with key workers.

We recognise children will have ‘wobbles’ we will deal with them restoratively with emphasis on supporting the child to understand the reasons it went wrong.

Frequently asked questions

What do I wear to Wizards?  Your child will wear their own school uniform, slippers will be provided to wear inside The Wizards. Hoodies will be provided, staying at the Wizards.

How does my child get to Wizards? Wherever possible it is encouraged for your child to be brought in by parents/ carers, however if this is not possible your home school will arrange to transport them, this will be via taxi or accompanied lift from staff.

What are the school times? The school day will be 9am start (wherever possible) ending at 3pm. The day however is flexible to fit around the needs of the child.

What if my child is poorly? You need to ring the home school & follow usual absence procedure. The homeschool will alert staff at the Wizards.

What about lunchtime? Children will have lunch in the Wizards with the staff. The setting has the benefit of a full kitchen on occasion the children will be able to prepare lunch as part of their day. Alternatively, children will be provided with a dinner from the catering staff or can stay packed lunch.

How long will my child attend The Wizards? Every placement is initially for a term. During this staff review the provision at a HCAT high needs panel and liaise with home school and parents to discuss the next steps. When it is time for a child to move on to another setting or reintegrate into their home schools we work with the school putting together a transition or reintegration plan that supports the child in their next steps.

How will I know how my child’s day has gone? There will be regular contact from staff at The Wizards. If there has been an incident which needs further involvement parents/carers will be rang by staff that day.

Family Support

It is crucial parents are ‘on board’. We expect parents to be part of the journey for their child.  Parents and carers will be regularly invited into The Wizards.  For this provision to be successful it is vital we ALL work together.

The family support worker will visit your home to discuss any support the families may need. Throughout the placement the family support worker will work alongside the family.

Wizards Staff:

  • Ben Walker

  • Julie Spencer 

  • Beverly Halliday

  • Lauren Corner

“There is a
consistent approach to the teaching of phonics. Regular checks help teachers to
group pupils effectively so that activities are well matched to pupils’ needs.”

Ofsted comments

“My two children have come on leaps and bounds regarding reading, writing and maths. The teachers are amazing.”

Parent's comments

“Great school with fantastic teachers.”

Parent's comments

“Spelling errors
are also routinely identified in pupils’ written work across a range of subjects. This
helps pupils to avoid future repetitions.”

Ofsted comments

“You pay
particular attention to safeguarding issues that affect your local community and prepare staff well to support pupils.”

Ofsted comments

“Very happy with school. Feel really assured with the help we have had from SENCO with the assessment for my child regarding possible autism and ADHD. More than happy with teachers and support staff.”

Parent's comments

“Teaching assistants provide effective support for pupils, prompting them to explain their answers and
providing them with the confidence to ‘have a go’.”

Ofsted comments

“Pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. You have a clear vision for what you want pupils to achieve; developing pupils socially, emotionally and
academically is at the centre of the curriculum you provide.”

Ofsted comments

“Best decision I made for my children’s education was moving them to Wansbeck. The progress the children have made is amazing. Very happy mum.”

Parent's comments

“This improvement is underlined by published data showing that pupils’ spelling and grammar scores are now above the national average at the end of key stage 2.”

Ofsted comments

“The school have created a strong leadership team by making good use of opportunities you have to collaborate with other trust schools.”

Ofsted comments

“Pupils often have
opportunities to visit places of interest, such as the residential visit to Whitby that is linked to a class topic.”

Ofsted comments

“Wansbeck Primary School is a happy, well-organised school that is at the heart of the local community.”

Ofsted comments

“Pupils’ safety and well-being are central to your work. The leadership team has
ensured that all safeguarding requirements are fit for purpose.”

Ofsted comments

“My children are happy at school and have many opportunities to develop their learning.”

Parent's comments

“The school receives good support from the Hull Collaborative Academy
Trust, and trust leaders also provide you with effective challenge.”

Ofsted comments

“The designated safeguarding leader is tenacious in her approach and
leaves no stone unturned in order to ensure that pupils receive the best possible
support.”

Ofsted comments

“The school has good systems in place to develop the leadership skills of staff.”

Ofsted comments

“All my children have loved this school and all great memories of staff. Wansbeck is great.”

Parent's comments

“Grammatical errors are discussed with pupils, and this helps them to improve their writing.”

Ofsted comments

“Central to the work of the school is the development of pupils’ social skills and the support of their well-being.”

Ofsted comments

“My child really enjoys attending school he tells me he loves his teachers and friends.”

Parent's comments

“Teachers make regular checks on the progress
that pupils make and use this information to adjust the activities that they plan.”

Ofsted comments

“Really happy with the way my child has developed whilst attending Wansbeck”

Parent's comments

“The quality of pupils’ handwriting has also improved, particularly in key stage 2.”

Ofsted comments

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”

Ofsted comments

“The school is passionate about the community it serves and determined
to help pupils to be the best they can be.”

Ofsted comments

“Any issues raised are always dealt with, absolutely no concerns brilliant school and lovely caring staff. My child learns a lot attending this school. Thank you.”

Parent's comments

“Staff and governors
maintain an acute focus on these areas and establish excellent relationships with
pupils.”

Ofsted comments

“My child is always happy and loves going to school. Teachers are always there when needed.”

Parent's comments

“Wansbeck is an amazing primary school that puts my children’s needs first. Great staff and friendly pupils.”

Parent's comments

“My child is well cared at school she loves it!”

Parent's comments

“This has enabled
the school to continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning for pupils.”

Ofsted comments

“Brilliant school.”

Parent's comments

“My children are very happy at school and should I ever have any concerns, the school are happy to deal with it.”

Parent's comments

“The school leadership team are committed to helping pupils to succeed”

Ofsted comments

“Teachers accurately demonstrate to pupils the sounds that letters make. This
helps pupils to repeat the sounds they are learning.”

Ofsted comments

“Care is taken to ensure that the topics that are chosen attract the interests of the children.”

Ofsted comments

“Thanks for all the help & extra support that my child receives. It means that I know he is getting all the help he needs to progress to his potential.”

Parent's comments