A break and lunchtime club is available for those children who find socialising on the playground with other children challenging. The club is run by 2 adults who are fully trained in nurture and pastoral care. During these sessions, the children learn essential social skills, which will equip them when they return to the playground environment. The group sometimes make use of the soft play area in the family room. Some children also take advantage of the “Rainbow Room” during playtimes and lunchtimes.The playground is well staffed by teaching assistants at break times and lunchtime supervisors at lunchtime. All staff are well trained and have a good understanding of children’s needs. A play leader and sports coaches run a variety of activities at lunchtimes and are skilled in adapting these sessions to meet the needs of children with SEND.
The school also uses a “playground friends” system, in which the older children in the school support the younger children. Playground friends are easily visible by their baseball caps and are responsible for helping to make younger children feel safe and happy on the playground.
The playground contains a number of different areas to suit children with different needs. As explained in the accessibility section, all of these areas are connected via ramps, so are fully accessible. The playground features a number of large tarmacked areas and a gazebo for those who wish to spend their break times more quietly. The playground also features a jungle gym area, which is ideal for helping to develop gross motor skills. In summer 2014, the school invested in and installed an outdoors gymnasium, aimed particularly at children with ADHD and similar difficulties, providing them with an area to burn energy, in a safe environment.
All food provided at lunchtimes is cooked on site by a team of skilled catering staff. The school consistently scores extremely high hygiene ratings. The staff are able to cater for a wide range of dietary conditions.