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History and Ethos Longspee Academy, formerly Longspee Special School, joined the Ambitions Academy Trust in September 2013. The Academy mantra says it all – “Happy, Safe, Progress”.


History and Ethos
Longspee Academy, formerly Longspee Special School, joined the Ambitions Academy Trust in September 2013.

Longspee Academy provides a personalised education tailored to meet the needs of its pupils aged 5-12 years in Key Stages 1-3. We ensure that our pupils are happy, safe and make progress on their journey to adulthood. All our pupils have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) and have outcomes within the social emotional and mental health strand of the SEND code of practice. The vast majority of our pupils have multi layered needs and have outcomes in other areas of the code of practice e.g. communication and interaction, cognition and learning or physical and sensory.

Longspee Academy’s highly trained staff use child centred approaches underpinned by PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy). Personalised learning programmes enable pupils to access the curriculum and achieve their full potential. Specialist teaching and pastoral staff support pupils with a wide range of intervention strategies to help improve their behaviour and ensure they are ready to learn. There is a high staff to pupil ratio which enables us to flexibly identify barriers to learning and plan strategies to support progress.

The curriculum has a focus on the development of key literacy and numeracy skills, reading and phonics, improved levels of attention and concentration, social skill development, emotional health and well-being and self-regulation in regards to behaviours which cause concern.

Sian Thomas is the CEO of Ambitions Academies Trust.
Longspee Academy is led by Gavin O’Connell, Principal.

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Thought of the week

Clay P. Bedford You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiousity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.


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