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We are active in forging strong links with partner schools across the Borough, and value the opportunities they give us for pupils to work and play together with their peers. Pupils and students from mainstream Primary and Secondary schools come to Strathmore to join in our activities or even lead activities themselves, such as an art club. Other times classes or groups of pupils will travel to a mainstream school to join their peers’ lessons. We always strive to enable our pupils to learn and play with others of their own age and develop ongoing friendships.

Using local facilities, public transport and our three minibuses, all classes have the opportunity to participate in educational visits and off site activities enabling them to learn within and from their community. Pupils and students attend a range of regular activities including horse riding, using the swimming pool and gym at the Kingfisher leisure centre, Crane Park, use of libraries, shops and cafés. Special visits to theatres, museums and centres are organised to support class based learning as well as local places of interest such as Richmond Park.

Our Volunteer and Placement Scheme encourages independent learning amongst our pupils and gives them the opportunity to socialise and learn from each other’s shared interests. This teaches pupils how to interact and communicate with other people and to extend their social network. Creating an environment where pupils can build on their skills through socialising and learning alongside their peers is improved by receiving a high level of support in class.

Enrichment is key in supporting our pupils in becoming more independent, inclusive and individual. Independence is encouraged when pupils work with their peers in lunchtime clubs and with student volunteers. Using local facilities allows our pupils to interact and become a part of the wider school and local community. This combined with Strathmore Approaches ensures we can effectively create an environment in which pupils can explore their personalities.