The KS3 hub will be based at Oxclose Community Academy, Dilston Close, Oxclose Village, Washington, NE38 0LN.
All staff, pupils, parents and carers are bound to follow all Link School policies and procedures as outlined in the policies section of the website.
There will be one class of up to 12 learners, the class will staffed with a teacher, Higher Level Learning Assistant and Teaching Assistant.
Our Staff are:
Mrs Knight (Hub Lead Teacher)
Mr Cavanagh (HLTA)
Ms Darling – Reintegration Officer
Mrs Routledge (Educational Psychologist)
Helen Lumley – Breakfree School Counsellor – Our School Counsellor is from Breakfree Counselling Services which is based in Sunderland. Breakfree are a group of fully qualified counsellors who provide a quality, reliable and affordable counselling service, to people of all ages in the North East. They work with private clients as well as a number of schools in the area.
The counsellor who will be working closely with the young people in the Link School Hub, is passionate about the mental health of young people. The focus is to provide students with a safe place to share and explore their thoughts, feelings and fears in order to help them process their personal development. The counsellor will do this by building a therapeutic relationship which can bring about improvements in mental health and well being by encouraging the student to find their own way to make positive choices.
Michael Colling – Michael will be working closely with the young people in the Link School Hub, and is passionate about promoting good mental health in students, helping them to overcome a broad spectrum of life’s difficulties and while helping students to build on resilience and emotional intelligence. The focus is to provide students with a safe place to share and explore their thoughts, feelings and fears in order to help them process whatever concerns they have. The counsellor will do this by building a therapeutic relationship which can bring about improvements in mental health and well being by encouraging the student to find their own way to make positive choices. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to talk openly and confidentially to the counsellor about any issues they have regardless of their context, be it about school life, or beyond.
Arrive School: 8.45am
Tutor Time: 8.45am – 9am
Lesson 1: 9 – 9.50am
Lesson 2: 9.50am – 10.40am
Break: 10.40am – 10.55am
Lesson 3: 10.55am – 11.45am
Lesson 4: 11.45am – 12.35pm
Lunch: 12.35am – 1.05pm
Lesson 5: 1.05pm- 1.55pm
Lesson 6: 1.55pm – 2.45pm
End of School: 2.45
*School finishes at 12.30pm on a Friday afternoon.
Lessons are fifty minutes in duration and will cover a broad and balanced curriculum of subjects including: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities, Art, PE and PSHEE/RE.
In addition to this, additional interventions, SEND assessments and therapeutic work will be carried through work with the Behaviour Support Officer, an educational psychologist and work with a trained school Counsellor. Each pupil will have weekly sessions with the behaviour support officer and the counsellor as part of this assessment process.
You can read our English overview by clicking on the link: English Long term overview
You can read our Maths overview by clicking on the link: Maths Long term plan overview
You can read our Science overview by clicking on the link: Science Long term plan overview
You can read our Humanities overview by clicking on the link:
You can read our ICT overview by clicking on the link:
You can read our PSHE overview by clicking on the link: PSHEE Long term plan overview
Reading Plus Home Learning Guide for Families – Click Here
At The Link School and in the Assessment Hub we are very clear, the welfare of our learners is paramount and we will offer early and additional help to prevent escalation.
Parents/Carers should be aware that The Link School will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our learners.
Where we are concerned a learner may be at risk of significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect of other forms of abuse, we have no alternative but to follow Sunderland Safeguarding Partnership’s Procedures which can be found here.
A copy of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found in the safeguarding section of the website:
The following staff have responsibility for Safeguarding within the Hub:
Mrs Victoria Knight – Lead Teacher
Mrs Donna Walker –Head Teacher (can be contacted at The Link School, (0191 5614777 or 5615777)
Mr Dave Bromby – Head of School (can be contacted at The Link School Springwell Dene (0191 5615777)
Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777