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Relationships Matter, Caring Counts, Learning Liberates

Wells Park School is committed to creating a structured, safe environment that encourages a positive learning ethos in social interaction and communication, delivered through a balanced curriculum.


The Staff and Governors of the school have agreed the following aims:

  • To enable each child to reach their learning potential.
  • To be able to use their knowledge and skills independently and with confidence.
  • To fulfil their capacity for positive social interaction.
  • To understand and value themselves as members of a community.
  •  To play an active part in that community.
  • To be able to use their leisure time to develop safe, healthy and meaningful interests.
  • To aspire to the development of their own happiness and those around them.
  • To support parents to enable their children to recover and develop these capacities.
  • For children to sustain their behaviour, involvement and learning without reliance on medication.

The aspirational outcome for each child is:

  • The transfer to local or appropriate schooling.
  • The return to living in their home environment and community subject to the need to access a suitable educational and social curriculum.

Wells Park School's Four Golden Rules

As a part of the admissions process, we explain to children the following four rules, which form the basis of our expectations for all pupils at the school. These are reinforced through our behaviour management policy and practice, through the Token Economy System, and through the relationship between pupils and staff:

  1. Nobody is allowed to hurt you 
  2. You are not allowed to hurt anybody else
  3. You must have fun
  4. We look after our school

What People Are Saying About Wells Park School…

Wells Park is more than a school – it is a community built around the needs of the pupils and their families.  The school provides a nurturing and caring environment and is an oasis of calm.  The staff at the school are dedicated and focussed entirely on securing the best outcomes for their pupils and as a Local Authority commissioner I am always confident that they will rise to the challenge.  It has been my pleasure to work with the school over many years and I look forward to continue to watch them grow and develop.

(Ralph Holloway - Head of SEND Strategy and Innovation 2021)


'The staff provide the children with the best possible environment in which to continue to grow into healthy and happy individuals. The children’s experiences have an exceptionally positive long-term impact.' (Ofsted Report 2019)

'The children thrive on the routine and the structure that the staff provide. The school day, evening activities and mealtimes are meticulously planned. An excellent range of resources ensures that the children are engaged and occupied at all times. This provides the children with a sense of security, purpose and belonging.'(Ofsted Report 2019)


'Pupils make outstanding progress at Wells Park owing to the exceptional support you give to them and their families throughout their time with you..’ (Ofsted Report 2016)

'Pupils are prepared well for the next step in their education. They leave ready to continue learning. Pupils say that they enjoy their time at Wells Park but know it is a stepping stone for the rest of their lives. These positive attitudes are reflected in all that pupils do during their time in the school and can be seen in the high-quality displays of their work. Pupils are proud of what they achieve. '   (Ofsted Report 2016)

‘Pupils access a broad range of subjects and activities in which they excel. Your staff use the topic-based curriculum very well to support youngsters to make connections in their learning and to transfer skills between subjects and topics. Within this curriculum, you also develop pupils’ sense of awe and wonder at the world around them, and develop their opportunities to learn independently and creatively.' (Ofsted Report 2016)

Parents are extremely positive about the support provided and state:

“My son has benefited enormously from his residential time, he has gained a lot of confidence and enjoys meeting friends. This is all thanks to the opportunities provided in residential time and the dedication of the staff team.” (Residential Ofsted Report 2014)

Wells Park has anchored [my son]. He can actually learn and has proven he is a clever little bean. They have given him confidence and goals and he could actually achieve GCSEs thanks to Wells Park. (Parental Survey Nov 2015)

The school treat each child as an individual and get to know their wishes and ways. This gives them the opportunity to ... [build] the child’s confidence and self-esteem. The staff really do care – all the staff do, from the teachers to canteen staff. (Parental Survey Nov 2015)

Pupils enjoy their time at the school and recognise the gains they make:

I have learnt to take space. I have learnt not to hit out at others as it’s not what you do to get what you want. (Pupil Questionnaire)

It’s got fun staff and education that I like. (Pupil Questionnaire)

The adults here really helped me get through my problems.(Pupil Questionnaire)

I think I am really going to like this school. I feel safe already. (Pupil statement on admission)

Click here to read how we promote British Values at Wells Park School

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