Southfield School "Everone matters, everyone achieves and everyday counts"

Special Welwyn / Hatfield District



Southfield is a primary school for up to 80 pupils with Complex Learning Difficulties which include, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Speech Language and Communication Difficulties, and ADHD. It is situated in South Hatfield.

In July 2019 we received a judgment of 'Good' under the Ofsted inspection framework. This judgment reflects the commitment of both pupils, staff and the wider school community to 'learning together'.

Our pupils are engaging and unique and have a wide range of abilities and needs. We follow the EYFS and National Curriculum and adapt these to meet the individual interests and needs of our pupils. We use a wide range of approaches and strategies to support learning including multi sensory approaches, Makaton,PECS, SCERTS,social stories,TEACCH approaches and Hertfordshire Steps amongst others.

Our school is going through a period of rapid and exciting change. In September 2013 the school moved to new purpose built premises near Hatfield town centre. In this new location we have developed strong and inclusive links with mainstream schools. We use the many amenities in the town centre to enrich and enhance pupil learning.

The school has achieved Autism Accreditation Aspiring status and the focus of our School Development Plan is to continue to adapt and develop our curriculum in the light of the new inspection framework and to develop our provision to ensure that our pupils make excellent progress and enjoy their time at Southfield School. We prioritize social communication skills, emotional regulation and positive behaviour for learning, so that our pupils are able to access a broad curriculum and develop both academic skills and skills for living and learning.