Calthorpe was founded in 1896 and continues to serve as an all age (2-19) co-educational Special School located near to the centre of Birmingham. Calthorpe transferred to its present site in 1975 and provides excellent facilities for children with Special Educational Needs.
Our pupils are admitted from all wards within the City, with numerous other pupils funded by other Local Education Authorities. The school caters for children with a wide range of educational difficulties, ranging from moderate, severe and complex needs.
In addition, some may have specific physical, sensory, behavioural or autistic conditions, all of which may require additional adult support or specialised facilities.
In our endeavour to meet these wide ranging educational and social needs, we have developed an appropriate curriculum, which encompasses and extends the National Curriculum. Our whole school curriculum model, provides a natural progression from an Early Learning Development Foundation, towards full participation within the National Curriculum framework, with programmes designed for and implemented at an appropriate level.
Calthorpe has been awarded Sports College status and is in receipt of the Charter Mark and Investors in People Awards.
At Calthorpe School we provide the best possible education. We provide exiting opportunities that engage young people in a variety of activities that support learning both in school and beyond. In the event of our pupils experiencing stressful moments we have a range of strategies in place to support them and provide possible solutions for everyday incidents.
Pupils that exhibit challenging behaviour have a Positive Handling Plan in place with de-escalation strategies that are differentiated and tailored to their specific needs.
To ensure that incidents are dealt with promptly, sympathetically and appropriately we have adopted a Team Teach approach across the whole school.
Team Teach offers strategies for behaviour management including positive handling skills, verbal and non verbal communication, diversion and de-escalation and safe effective, humane physical interventions. It is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Department for Education and the Department of Health.
Positive handling techniques are used to prevent pupils from self harming, harming peers or staff or to prevent damage to property. It is only applied as a last resort and always in the best interest of a young person.
Calthorpe has numerous business and community links. Over recent years Eversheds has assisted the school with support for the PMLD (Profound Multiple Learning Disability) area, making contributions towards new equipment for the department. Employees have provided time to assist our literacy work and to produce artwork in our newly equipped nursery.
Calthorpe has forged links with local colleges and other businesses and training organisations to provide opportunities for pupils, parents and staff at Calthorpe.
We have developed quality work experience placements as well as running mini enterprise and work weeks. These links provide opportunities for our pupils to participate in more permanent work placements.
Calthorpe links with local colleges have enabled us to provide a broad range of courses for parents, in areas such as:
Information Technology (CLAIT)
Soft Furnishing and Dress Making
Basic English for Parents
Basic Word processing
School Session Times are as follows:
School term dates are provided by Birmingham City Council.