Dear pupils and families
What an amazing start to the new school year.  The pupils and staff of this school never cease to make me proud.  We have welcomed in a lot of new pupils and many more have moved classes or key stages and yet here they are, after only a day, settled in and working hard.  I look forward to the year ahead very much.  Well done to each and every one of you.
Best wishes
Lucie Calow - Headteacher
 
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Granta news this week:
The Bendrigg students have returned with stories of their exciting trip and photos to match.  They all had a fantastic time taking part in zip wires, toboggan slides and campfires, along with lots of singing and laughter.
Also this week, some of our 6th form students took part in their bike ability training and all passed with flying colours, thank you to the trainers for all of their help and guidance.  Our 6th formers have also had a visit to the Saffron Walden County high School farm as part of their community outreach programme and had a very enjoyable time.  Those little guinea pigs do look very cute!
 
 
Look who came to visit, ARK FARM. 
Our students were able to touch, feed and play with the animals which they thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you Ark Farm for a great day, we look forward to seeing you again soon.
 

Duxford Visit

John one of our 6th Form students had the opportunity to visit Duxford Airfield RFFS (Fire station/crew) this week.  He was able to spend time with them asking questions about their equipment and routines and in return they provided him with information and advice about the Fire service to assist him with his studies in college, should he need it.  Thank you to everyone at Duxford Airfield RFFS for welcoming John, he had a great time.

Forest School
Since the opening of our Forest School, our students have been busy enjoying their new outside learning environment.  Making camps, hammocks and rope bridges, learning about nature and creating mud pies are just some of the activities they have been taking part in.
Our 6th formers have been busy with a spot of film making as part of their skills award for their DofE certificates.  Thank you to Total Arts for all of their help with making this.  Please use the link below to watch their finished film.  We hope you enjoy it as much as the students did in making it.
 
 

At Granta we are extremely lucky to be able to support our students with swimming in our on-site Hydrotherapy pool. These sessions are loved by all that take part and it is great to see the interaction the children have with others whilst in the pool. 

We love our visitors at Granta, Pat dog is a firm favourite with our students, and the Laughter Specialists visits and interaction with the children is great to see.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to our 6th formers, Willow, Jordan, Grace, Joseph, Cameron and Tobie who went to Gretton school on 26th March and took part in the Cambridgeshire County Table Cricket Championships.  The team won both of the matches against Castle school and Gretton School to become County champions.  They are now going on to play in the Regional championships at Newmarket on Thursday 16th May and we wish them the best of luck.  Watch this space for further updates.  

 

Creative Arts Week  04th - 8th March 2019
This has been a very successful week and the children have had great fun involving themselves in the activities we have had on offer.  Please see below some of the great work that has taken place and further pictures can be found in our Gallery under Creative Arts Week 2019
 
 
World Book Day
Granta hosted a World book Space themed dressing up day on 07th March 2018, as part of creative week in March.  Children were encouraged to come to school as their favourite Space character with the inspiration taken from the book "Aliens Love Underpants"  
Our very own Deputy head Sarah has embraced the theme this year, dressed as an astronaut who has lost her rocket, the children have been helping her to find it around the school.   We also launched a space rocket with the help of the children counting down to lift off, which was great fun for all to watch.
 
 
Boccia Regional Finals February 2019
Following on from their win at the Boccia finals last year, Granta's team have now competed at the recently held Boccia Regional finals.
Georgia, Maddie, Grace, Jamie, Catherine, Jordan, and Gabby played amazingly well taking third place in the finals and managing to place themselves as the Top team in the league for Cambridge overall.
Well done team.   

 

Panathlon Regional Finals

Students from our six form have taken part in a Panathlon and made it through to the recently held regional finals in Harlow.   Our team of students won all of their Boccia games, along with competing in wheelchair and running races, table cricket, Polly Bat and Bean bag throwing.  We are very excited to report Granta won a Silver Medal!   Congratulations Team what a Fantastic achievement. 

 
—Soup Kitchen
Currently to raise funds for their activities week, our students are making and selling soup on a Friday lunchtime to our staff.   They are using the vegetables they have home grown and skills they have learnt in food technology.  The soup kitchen is a great experience for both pupils and staff and the soup is certainly very tasty! 
 

 

Pen Pals

Our students in Hawking class have been given an opportunity to have pen pals with a group of KS4 students at Highfield Academy, Ely.  They were very excited to receive their first letters and learn all about their pen pals.  Our students then used their English lessons to compose, draft and redrafted their replies.  They were able to use their knowledge of letter writing features to help.  Once the letters were ready and envelopes had been addressed; the whole class walked to the local post box in Linton to post them.  They are very much looking forward to receiving further correspondence and continuing with their letter writing in the future.

 

 
Granta School Forest School 
Work has now been completed on our Forest School and it is now up and running for our pupils to use. The aim of the project was to provide our students with access to a wooded area, leased from a local farmer, which backs onto the rear of our facility.  Until now there was no direct access to the area and not all children were able to make the 800 meter trip around public footpaths to gain access.
 
We would like to express our thanks to The Bugler Group for helping make this project a reality.  Bugler group along with the help of Ashvale Civil Engineering, Stratton and Hesler Carpentry, Beaumont Forest Products and Swift Metalwork, laid the foundations and constructed a wooden bridge across a ditch.  This provided a quick access to the land for all of the children including wheelchair users.  
 
We are pleased to share with you photos below of the new bridge and the first children to make their way across it.  We look forward to many more years of access and enjoyment to this fantastic facility.
 
During the sixth-form activity week we had a very special guest, Wayne Barrow, who is a TV/radio presenter and Youtube phenomenon with his BSL signing videos.  We recorded a video 'This Is Me' featuring Wayne and our students and are really excited about sharing their amazing experience.  Watch and enjoy!! (please note: you may have to accept cookies to watch)
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ERIC'S Guide for children with additional needs
We have been provided with some information from The children's bowel and bladder charity for helping to toilet train children with additional needs.  We thought you may find this useful and the link to access this booklet is shown below.  We have also put a PDF version under the useful information tab at the top of this page.
 
www.eric.org.uk/guide-for-children-with-additional-needs
 
 ARTS FEST Saturday 22nd June 12-4pm
Linton Village college is hosting an Arts fest on Saturday 22nd June 12-4pm and Granta School will be taking over an exhibition of art work.  Our 6th form will also be selling enterprise crafts, and hosting a block printing workshop where visitors can pay to create their own cards using our block prints.  There will be a BBQ, other Food and drink on sale and music and drama performances by LVC students and students from Linton Heights, Abington Primary and the Meadow school Balsham.  It is set to be a brilliant afternoon and we look forward to seeing you all there.
 

About us

Our pupils and their families together with a forward thinking and motivated staff group make Granta a vibrant place to be. Our pupils and their needs are at the centre of what we do, and we are constantly striving to develop our provision for our learners. Our school is committed to safeguarding our pupils and have robust and comprehensive policies.

Granta has been open since September 2006 and is one of Cambridgeshire’s six area special schools. We enjoy excellent facilities including a purpose built hydrotherapy pool, two light rooms, a gym, three outside learning areas, several specialist teaching rooms including a science lab and food technology and design technology rooms. Our school has a high level of community use, including holiday playschemes and groups using our hydro pool daily.

We plan for our pupils to have a real sense of progression as they move up through the school. This is highlighted by a change in school uniform in secondary, an increased use of our specialist classrooms and an increased focus on work related and community education. Each of our pupils have very individual needs and therefore we personalise their curriculum to suit. For example some of our pupils have a need for a high level of therapy support and a curriculum that is based around a sensory approach, whereas others benefit from a more mainstream style approach coupled with good level of adult support. 

 

 
 "Friends of Granta"

Our ‘Friends of Granta’ is a parent led organisation that raises funds for the school and organises social events for families throughout the year. We value parental involvement highly and some of the ways we involve parents in the life of the school range from parent information evenings to school plays and sports days.

We firmly believe that a school has to forge links within local and wider communities and in the time we have been open we have developed strong relationships with local schools and businesses.

I look forward to seeing you at Granta.

 

FOGS Donation

We would like to express our thanks to FOGS for their support with our BOCCIA t-shirts. Our six form students are travelling to Harlow at the end of this month to compete in the Regional BOCCIA finals.  With the help of FOGS providing the funding we have been able to obtain printed t-shirts for our Team.  We wish them the best of luck and look forward to sharing their results with you.

Work Experience
We offer our students the opportunity to undertake high quality and meaningful work experience as part of their post 16 education.  We have links with local businesses and offer placements with Prospects Trust, Rowan Humberstone, Ickworth Park, Audley End, REACH Foodbank, Linton Zoo and Addenbrookes café.  These experiences give our students the opportunity to enhance the skills they have developed within the school environment.  The children certainly enjoy their time out on work experience!
 
 

Teepee Project.

Students in our 6th Form had a wonderful idea of building a teepee for somewhere to sit and "wow their mates" they said.

This was built during the summer term, by students within our 6th Form, using pallets.  They took the pallets apart with a special pallet buster, sanded them down then built them up to make the finished product.

We were very lucky to have the help and support of Toby Reynolds Family, who put in the concrete base and the basic structure.  They also kindly donated the paint, which during the Autumn term was put to good use.           

    

 
Duke of Edinburgh 
Bronze assessed students took their trip to Abington Woods.  Children took part in Map reading and even practiced 1st aid on each other.  They pitched tents, cooked sausage pasta and enjoyed some down time in the park eating ice creams.
 
Silver assessed students went to Tanners Youth Hostel in Surrey from 02nd-06th July.  They photographed trees, as well as climbing them and even took a few selfies!  Skills included Map reading, 1st Aid and cooking.
 
All pupils had a great time and more photos of both trips can be found in our Gallery.
 
Pupil Achievements:
 
#Well done to Finley & Kieran who gained 2nd prize with their 'snake skin' microscope image in the science competition run by MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
 
 
 
Head Teacher Lucie Calow met Prince Edward during a visit to Suffolk.  Prince Edward was visiting Castle Manor School in Haverhill and also local leaders for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.  Since 2010 Granta students have achieved over 30 bronze, over 20 silver and an amazing 13 Gold awards.
 
 
 
The Peacock Centre project 2018 
The children were invited to The Peacock Centre, situated within the Arthur Rank Hospice Building in Cambridge.  The project was for pupils to design and decorate screens with Peacock feathers, to be used to provide privacy to the garden and waiting room.  As some of our students are often users of this building, this has made the environment more familiar and welcoming, in addition to producing beautiful artwork they can be proud of.  
 

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