Poppy Class (ARB)

Welcome to Poppy Class ARB!
(An ARB is an Area or Additional Resource Base for children with a range of individual needs)
No day is ever the same in Poppy Class!
Every day we all learn something new with and from one another.
We have a superb team of experienced staff
and equally amazing pupils.
Together we enjoy a wide range of learning experiences including:
We are extremely thankful for the support of our pupils' parents/guardians and like to keep regular daily contact with them during the school term.  We also appreciate the participation of parents/guardians on our exciting school trips and have a termly themed 'Open Class' for to celebrate the success of our pupils. 
In addition, we place a great emphasis on the fundamental importance of our partnerships with a wide range of external services that further support our pupils including Speech and Langauge, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
A selection of our highlights during each school week are relaxing in the sensory room, exploring the garden, movement to music, soft play, horse riding with the RDA, Pets as Therapy with Tony and Raven, music therapy with Mike, Woodland Wonders with Matty and a range of other learning activities designed to meet and challenge the individual needs of our pupils.
The progress and achievements of our pupils are monitored throughout the school year using clear and concise assessments that are both accessible and developmentally appropriate. 

Assessment indicators include:

  • Early Years Developmental Journal
  • B-Squared 'Engagement Steps' and 'Progression Steps' (previously 'P-Levels')
  • Pre-Key Stage Standards
  • Primary Impact Trackers
These judgements are further evidenced through photographic learning journeys that can be accessed online by parents and carers.
Please see below for our annual learning overview, provision map and examples of individual Poppy Class timetables and learning targets.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Poppy Class teachers at the school or via the e-mail addresses below.
Infant School Inspection, February 2018
Staff go the 'extra mile' to ensure that pupils are happy and settled.  Staff work effectively with pupils who have a range of complex emotional and mental needs.  The care and nurture that staff provide enables vulnerable pupils from all backgrounds and abilities to feel appreciated, valued and welcomed.  Pupils and parents agree that this is a strength of the school's work.
Leadership changes to the ARB have brought about a greater emphasis on pupils' learning.  Leaders ensure that the teaching and provision on offer is effective.  As a result, these pupils now acheive well.
Teachers in the ARB are using new assessment information well.  As a result, pupils' learning needs are met. 
The pupils in the ARB make strong progress because teaching meets their needs well.
Junior School Inspection, December 2017
Pupils in the ARB are making good progress from their starting points.  Teachers are setting appropriate targets for them and they are developing their social skills alongside their reading and writing skills.
Recent changes to the leadership of the ARB have brought about greater focus on pupils' learning.  As a result, teaching is more closely matched to pupils' needs.  Leadership systems are being refined and teachers' expectations are rising.
Leaders place an emphasis on providing a safe and caring learning environment for all pupils.  They are generally successful.  There is a wide range of pastoral support in place for pupils when they need it and a variety of interventions and therapies available to vulnerable pupils who need particular, targeted support. 
As result of the work leaders put in, a number of pupils with significant challenges in their lives are able to take part in the life of the school successfully.  Pupils who attend the ARB gain a great deal from this support structure and their personal development benefits considerably.

Bruce Paton

ARB Manager, Lead Teacher, SENDCo and Safeguarding


Sally Biddick

ARB Early Years and KS1 Lead Teacher


Veronica Stone

ARB Teaching Assistant

Ronaldo Cann

ARB Teaching Assistant

Gary Tilly

ARB Teaching Assistant / Nurture Group

Corrine Anderson

ARB Teaching Assistant

Casie Blake

ARB Teaching Assistant

Vicky Oxley

ARB Teaching Assistant

Trina Copplestone

Teaching Assistant and TIS Practitioner

Natalie Davis

Teaching Assistant and TIS Practitioner

Liz Polak

ARB Lunchtime Supervisor and TA cover

Zoie Butler

ARB Lunchtime Supervisor and TA cover

Tash Robinson

ARB Teaching Assistant volunteer

Ros Sanderson

ARB Teaching Assistant volunteer

Matty Thomas

Woodland Wonders

"Music-Man" Mike

Music Therapy

Tony and Raven

Pets as Therapy

Jackie Birchmore

Pastoral Support

Hannah Lee

Academy SENDCo

Emma Thomas

Parent Support Advisor