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.
Lucie Calow - Headteacher
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World Book Day
Granta are hosting a World book Space themed dressing up day on 07th March 2018, as part of creative week in March. Children are encouraged to come to school as their favourite Space character with the inspiration taken from the book "Aliens Love Underpants" We look forward to sharing the photos with you.
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.
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!
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.
Boccia Tournament 2018
Granta came home champions at the Lords Taverners Boccia Tournament for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, on Thursday 29th November 2018. Pupils tested their skills against other schools in the county in the Paralympic sport of Boccia, which was held at the Cambridge Regional College.
Our Pan team won all four of their group matches which took them into the Semi-finals. They then won this round and went on to win in the final against Gretton School in Girton.
Our students will now go forward to represent Cambridgeshire in the regional competition in 2019. The venue and date of this is still to be confirmed.
Georgia, Maddie, Grace, Jamie, Catherine, Jordan, and Gabby played amazing well and the results just show how much dedication and enthusiasm they put into the tournament. Well done team we look forward to seeing you all in the Regional championships.
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.
Key stage 3 have been working on Variations in lizards during their Science lessons and wanted to share their display.
Key stage 3 Lizard Science display
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
#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.