Self-advocacy, independent living and vocational fulfilment.
I want to be listened to;
I want to do things for myself;
I want a job I like.
Blossom Upper House Pimlico is a specialist school for pupils from Yr 7 with complex Speech, language and communication needs who flourish when following a functional curriculum within a total communication environment. The pupils have co-existing significant gross and fine motor difficulties which require specialist direct therapeutic input.
Communication is at the root of everything at Blossom House Pimlico. The school is a total communication environment, with visuals, assistive software, signing, drawing and writing used alongside verbal communication. Speech and Language Therapy is delivered daily by a qualified SLT and is integrated throughout the school day. Self-advocacy is an essential skill for pupils and is supported by valuing and validating all types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Pupils are taught how to use assistive technology by specialist staff and are supported to use their Augmentative and Alternative communication systems to their full potential by a Specialist SLT. The attached SLT is also trained in Makaton signing and has extensive experience and training in a range of different evidenced based approaches in order to support pupils with language and social interaction difficulties. These include Shape coding, SMILE therapy, Talking mats, The Nuffield Dyspraxia programme, Zones of regulation and Parent-Child interaction therapy. The staff team are also able to empower families and the wider community through specific training packages such as AAC training and the accredited Elklan Speech and Language Support courses.
Occupational Therapy input is embedded within the curriculum in order to build the skills required for independent living and a qualified Occupational Therapist is onsite a minimum of 3 days per week to deliver therapy and integrate therapeutic strategies. A physiotherapy programme is delivered daily which is individually tailored for each pupil. This is formulated and monitored by a qualified physiotherapist after an individualised assessment.
All pupils will follow a personalised curriculum focusing on functional literacy and maths skills alongside essential life skills. This will be delivered through short highly engaging multisensory lessons and is interspersed with frequent opportunities for community interaction. The curriculum is tailored to each individual pupil in order to harness their unique strengths and is facilitated by the high adult to staff ratio. The pupil’s outcomes will be assessed using a bespoke and robust system.
The diverse functional curriculum will include:
Maths for Life- a curriculum focused on skills such as money and time.
Literacy for leisure- A curriculum focused on reading for enjoyment (audiobooks, large books, and eBooks) and functional literacy such as being able to read a menu, receipt and important signage.
Listen to me –Sessions to equip the pupils with the tools to assert their views effectively and reduce their vulnerability within the wider social context.
Caring for myself- Independent living sessions.
Vocational fulfilment through work related learning.
Community learning - Supported experiences within local cafes, leisure centres, libraries and launderettes.
Creativity: Pupils will have the opportunity to express themselves through art, drama or photography.
Enrichment: Cookery, Horticulture, Photography, Animal Care
Technology – Assistive technology training and the use of technology to reduce the cognitive load for pupils during listening.
The pupils will also be able to access additional therapy such as Art therapy. Pupils have the opportunity to achieve a range of carefully selected qualifications which will enable them to showcase their vocational skills to future employers. They will be supported to develop the underlying skills required by the integrated therapy and teaching team. The qualifications available include the Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Practical Horticulture award, The Adventure Service Challenge and The Gateway Award.