Epinay Business & Enterprise School is a Co-operative Trust School which caters for children and young people from 5–18 years of age (including Post 16) with a wide range of special educational and complex needs. These include provision for children and young people with moderate learning difficulties, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and some children with severe learning difficulties.
Many children have identified additional needs such as ADHD, ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), speech and language difficulties, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia). The school also caters for children and young people who have identified chromosomal and clinical conditions such as Downs Syndrome, Timothy Syndrome and Neurofibromatosis.
Given the range of needs every child has an individual education plan (IEP) and some may need a personalised timetable. The school has close links with other professionals, including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Sexual Health Workers, Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists and Youth Support Workers. Where appropriate and necessary other professionals may be involved.
As pupils get older, young people with anxieties and vulnerabilities are supported through working with other professionals and working through the school’s strong emphasis on a supportive ethos and nurturing environment as well as the use of assertive discipline (where pupils with behavioural difficulties learn rewards and consequences of their behaviour in a supportive and calm way).
Pupils at Key Stage 4 access a range of qualifications including GCSE, Entry Level Certificate, Btec awards, Asdan awards and other vocational awarding bodies. We offer a wide range (both in choice of subjects and qualification) in order to ensure all pupils achieve to the best of their ability. Our Ofsted reports of 2010 and 2013 both awarded us outstanding for achievement.
We are unique in having our own community café where pupils can access NVQ training, achieve units, level 1 and/or level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grades).
Post 16, in partnership with South Tyneside College, have now completed a full year of provision and we are excited to see this develop further in the future. Post 16 offers a transition to support more vulnerable pupils in their move from school to college (at Key Stage 4 pupils have one day a week of work related learning in order to start this process).
We are more than happy for visitors to come to our school. If you would like to visit, please contact Sandra Stephenson, Office Manager, on 0191 489 8949