As part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, The Farnley Academy entered into an exciting new partnership with the West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre, co-located on the same site. This has provided a unique opportunity for students and staff from both schools to work alongside one another and to build relationships with each other.
The West SILC caters for children and young people (aged 3-19) with Complex and Multiple Learning Needs (CMLN). The facility includes four classrooms and care suites with full tracking, a dedicated rebound room and hydrotherapy pool.
All students in the West SILC have personalised learning plans with a focus on communication delivered through intensive interaction and developing independence. The school is also a designated MOVE Centre of Excellence and is affiliated with the Special Olympics, helping to deliver their Motor Activity Training Programme.
All students at The Farnley Academy are shown around the West SILC on their arrival so that they understand for themselves the work of the school.
Now in its third year, our partnership continues to flourish and has seen young people from both schools forming friendships with one another and engaging in a wide range of social activities with one another. Over 100 students expressed an interest in forming 'Circles of Friends' with students from the West SILC in 2012-13 and this initiative now forms a central part of our work together. As part of the programme, students are introduced to the principles of intensive interaction and spend time both during and after the school day with young people in the West SILC. Post-16 students have shown a particular interest in the work of the West SILC and our partnership has enabled a number to gain important work experience which has supported their applications to related courses of study at university.
For more information about our partnership with the West SILC contact Mrs J Corfield, West SILC Partnership Co-ordinator, at school.
To access the West SILC's website CLICK HERE.