Spring 2021

As Sunderland’s only specialist setting for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged 2-11 it is our intention to remain open to all pupils wishing to attend during the Spring term 2021.
Schools are expected to remain open to all children of critical sector workers and those considered ‘vulnerable’. We also feel that the pupils that attend Sunningdale School are very complex, in terms of their understanding, development, communication and behaviour. It is for this reason that we feel it is extremely important that we provide the highest possible levels of support that we can safely provide to our pupils. A number of safety measures are in place and we are operating isolated class bubbles.
Whilst we are attempting to remain open to as many pupils as we safely are able, we must be clear that it is not possible to guarantee that the school will remain COVID-19 free. As such we are not able to provide face to face education for children considered Clinically Vulnerable by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health including those that have received shielding advice. If you are unsure if your child meets this criteria please seek advice from their GP or Paediatrician.
These are not easy decisions to make but we would like to assure you that we will always act in the best interests of the staff and pupils that attend Sunningdale School and would hope to maintain the support of all of our parents, carers, families and other stakeholders throughout these unprecedented times.
If you do not wish for your child to attend please email the school at office@sunningdaleschool.com to let us know.
The families of children that are unable to attend school due to vulnerability or isolation (due to COVID-19 contact) currently receive:

  • Weekly 'Home Learning Activity Guidance' (.pdf document) linked to the class Curriculum Connector theme.
  • A box of physical resources linked to the activities and ideas contained in the Home Learning Guidance. These are compiled by the Be More Connected team in school.
  • A weekly timetable of Virtual Learning Sessions with the rest of each child’s class that can be joined via the Zoom Meetings App.
  • A weekly support call from our Family Partnership Advisor, Jan Patterson, to talk through the activities for your child and to answer any questions parents might have about how you can successfully use them.
  • A half termly updated copy of their child’s PLP to reflect the progress they have made towards their developmental milestones whilst learning from home.
  • Guidance and feedback on individual activities via the Evidence Me App which is used for parents to report on what has been done at home and for teachers to inform developmental formative and summative assessment.

If you would like to keep up to date with news in school please see our regular news playlist on our Youtube  channel here
If you would like to read our COVID-19 task based risk assessment you can find that here.

James Waller