The Acorns is part of Ripple Primary School and is located at the Westbury Site.
It is a small preventative, child-centred behaviour provision working to promote the inclusion of young children who have been identified as at risk of educational and/or social exclusion. It works with Schools and Parents/Carers of pupils who show significant and enduring emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, both in school and at home, which are interfering with their learning and relationships.
The focus of this support are vulnerable pupils in the lower end of the Primary Phase. The needs of ‘looked after’ children are prioritised, and pupils with Educational Health Care Plans (EHC) in this age group who meet our criteria can also be referred for support at The Acorns.
The Acorns has an experienced multi-disciplinary team of Teachers, Nursery Nurses/Support Assistants and Educational Psychologist.
The Team provide individually tailored, intensive, joint school/home packages of support for up to 12 vulnerable young children, their families and schools from across the Borough. The support package lasts for approximately one year and the aim is to help each pupil, their family and school overcome the difficulties they are experiencing, and for the child to enjoy success and return in their mainstream school.