What We Do
Who are we?
Windmill Hill School is a secondary special school that caters for students aged 11-18. We are working towards Luton council's vision for special educational need and disabilities (SEND):
- Supporting young people with SEND
- Develop a range of quality local provision
- Enable children and young people to play, learn, live and work within their local communities
- Preparing children and young people for their adulthood where they can live and work in Luton as independently as possible.
Where can you find us?
Windmill Hill is located in a mixed residential / business area, close to Luton train station and a number of green spaces.
Our address is:
1 York Street
Who do we cater for?
We offer provision for young people with a range of special needs that include Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe learning Difficulties (SLD) and pupils with ASD and complex needs.
Which other professionals do we work with?
We work closely with education colleagues at Luton Local Authority and a wealth of multi-disciplinary professionals, including therapists and specialist advisors. Additionally, we are working in close partnership with Woodlands Secondary Special School, Lady Zia Werner and Richmond Hill Primary Special Schools as part of the Luton offer for young people with SEND.
Staff at Windmill Hill School work with supporting agencies to ensure that students’ needs are met. Specialist teachers regularly visit Windmill Hill to work with the students. This includes professionals with specialists in visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism, speech and language disabilities and alternative forms of communication. Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Community Nurses also work on a regular basis with us.
Who else do we have links with?
Social capital is one of our underpinning drivers. As such, we promote links within the local community to provide our students with a range of real-life experiences and building upon our vibrant school community. This includes: equine therapy, local businesses and musical ventures. We are always keen to further expand our links with the local community.
What does our curriculum cover?
Our curriculum is led by our vision and drivers, placing students at the heart of all learning and teaching. It takes account of each student’s individual needs and uses a framework covering a broad and balanced range of subjects. Appropriate approaches to programmes of study are chosen to ensure breadth and progression for all learners.
What do we expect?
We have the highest expectations from both our staff and students. We expect staff to use effective, well-judged motivation strategies, challenge students’ learning and create a safe a positive learning environment, where courtesy, dignity and respect help spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This encourages staff and students to be enthusiastic, build positive relationships and approach behaviour management in a consistent and formative way.