School Name

The Waterloo School


The Waterloo School provides an education for pupils aged from four to eleven years of age who are described as having social, emotional and mental health needs. Within this broad terminology we recognise that we have a responsibility towards a wide range of learners including those diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, Speech and Language Delay or Disorder and other specific needs such as Trauma and Attachment.  Our curriculum offer is created and delivered recognising the following…

  • Each pupil’s needs are complex, varied and unique to them. The education we offer must reflect each child’s unique story and presentation.
  • Most pupils have not been successful in school and need support to remain in school safely and to develop skills to learn effectively.
  • That pupils need strategies, opportunity and support to regulate effectively.
  • Many pupils have missed the chance to complete physical and enrichment activities. We recognise these are essential for their mental health and well-being as well as emotional and physical development.
  • Pupils need help to develop secure and safe relationships with key adults to foster a sense of belonging to be successful in school.
  • Most pupils have gaps in their learning that need to be identified and addressed so they can make progress.
  • Pupils acquire understanding and develop skills at different rates and in different ways.
  • That opportunities must be given for pupils to organise information and to generalise and practice new skills in real life situations.

These are all underpinned by our Vision Statement:

Nurturing our school community to be courageous in building trusting relationships within a supportive environment so that we all thrive

Key Curriculum intent at Waterloo School:

A Learning for Life curriculum that enables pupils to…

Understand and respond to social situations appropriately

Develop resilience in the face of challenge

Establish increasing independence

Understand what it means to belong and grow in the safety that belonging offers

Develop and use strategies that enable consistent emotional regulation

Understand, respect, value and respond to others appropriately

A subject based curriculum that enables pupils to…

Communicate effectively in different contexts

Develop the enjoyment, confidence and skills to read for life

Develop skills to write creatively, purposefully andaccurately

Demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of mathematics through exploration, clarification, practice and application and be able to build on this over time

Develop the skills to investigate and understand science and technology topics

Develop a fascination for the world and the skills to explore and understand it’s religious, cultural, historic and physical nature.

Inspire and challenge pupils to be creative with their own works of art, craft and design.

Promote the enthusiasm for, and the enjoyment of, music in all its forms.

Inspire pupils to be creative and use their imagination to design, make, evaluate and problem solve through design and technology

Create genuine curiosity for the knowledge and understanding of a different language and culture

To develop every child’s physical, social and emotional skills to help promote a healthy lifestyle and to assist them in everyday life. 


The Waterloo School's curriculum statement can be found by clicking here.

Click here for the MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) Curriculum

Click here for the "Learning for Life" Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) curriculum

Click here for "The Waterloo Way" Personal Development Learning (PDL) 

Click here for "The Waterloo Way" stage descriptor information

Click here for "The Meadow's" long Term Curriculum Plan 

Click here for "The Glade's" Long Term Curriculum Plan 

Click here for the "PE Curriculum Overview Statement"


Little Wandle Phonics    

At Waterloo, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme (SSP).

This is a fully comprehensive programme where children start learning single letter sounds and build in progression throughout their learning at Waterloo.

Phonics is taught every day and children learn to apply their phonics skills in reading practise sessions 3 times a week, developing their fluency and comprehension skills along the way.

Here is the link to the 'For Parents' section of the Little Wandle website.

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their phonemes (sounds) and writing their graphemes (letters). There are also useful videos so you can see how your child is taught at school, to be able to confidently support their reading at home.

The Waterloo Schools Reading Leader is Amanda Darke

 If you require any further information about our curriculum please contact the school office.