Amicus has a separate DfES registered SEN school which accepts children from the ages of 5 – 16 years. Children are normally referred to Amicus through the local authority. Amicus is able to provide therapeutic residential care for children and adolescents in addition to education if required. The school can currently take up to twelve children and is able to accept day pupils who are referred from the Local Education Authority.
A nurturing environment
The school provides a specialised small nurturing environment for extremely traumatised children who have been unable to manage in larger class settings or mainstream education. The children attending the Amicus School will have often been excluded or unable to manage both ordinary schools and other specialist educational provisions.
Formal education and larger group working would have invoked extreme anxiety and corresponding disruptive and destructive behaviour.
Through small groups and individually tailored education packages the education team provide sensitive, creative and empathetic approaches to learning. This enables the children to begin to engage in education perhaps for the first time.