Mill Water is a special needs school in East Devon that is committed to providing the care and support our pupils need to reach their full potential. We always celebrate the smallest steps of achievement as well as being committed to delivering a purposeful education.
Our pupils have been particularly hard-hit by Covid. Many have additional health conditions that have left them especially vulnerable to the virus and the school has undertaken continuous and vigorous risk assessments since the outbreak of the pandemic to ensure their safety.
They may have characteristics that include communication impairment, complex physical and/or sensory disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, complex health difficulty that may be life-limiting, challenging behaviour, social and emotional difficulties, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and obsessive/compulsive behaviour.
Our pupils require a high level of dedicated 1:1 support and, as a result, a large proportion of our school budget is spent on staff salaries. Therefore we rely heavily on fundraising for extra resources and activities. This might be for outdoor learning resources, visiting art and drama workshops, specialist physio and bike equipment or for residential trips. There is a particular current need to create new outdoor classrooms and facilities in order for pupils to enjoy learning while out in the fresh air.
Ultimately our goal is to make pupils’ time at Mill Water as happy, safe and enriching as possible and to support them in learning skills for life that will help them to live as independently as possible when they leave school.