Roman Fields was registered in Nov 2010. It provides personalised alternative education packages for young people who for a variety of reasons have had limited engagement with education. It is a county wide provision based near Hemel Hempstead.
The flexible and creative nature of the provision allows us to re-engage and motivate young people placing them on bespoke timetables that build on their strengths and interests and accesses accreditation from a variety of awarding bodies. We offer a provision for a wide range of ability including entry levels, vocational qualifications, GCSE and A Level. Please see our examination results as we are very proud of our youngsters and their achievements.
All young people on roll have EHC plan. Most of our young people are autistic, a minority present with SEMH challenges, whilst a few have combined diagnosis of both autism and SEMH. The vast majority of our young people are in KS4 (14-16) and KS5 (16-18) and we have a core offer of Maths, English, Science and ICT or Business. The rest of a young person’s timetable will be designed around their interests. We are also able to offer Humanities, French, Art, Economics and Music up to GCSE and beyond. Vocational courses are also available on site and through our partnerships with colleges and alternative education providers.
Referrals are made via SEN provision panel and if agreed by the panel, places are then financed as part of the ‘core placement budget’. We can accommodate up to 40 young people.
We work closely with all agencies involved with a child to maximise the exchange of information and ensure close communication. From the moment a young person joins we are actively looking at their abilities and areas of interest in order to secure successful onward transition. This was recognised by both Ofsted (Oct 2014) and the National Autistic Society (April 2014) as a strength of the provision along with the ‘never give up ethos.’ We are based on a community usage site and are an integral part of HCCs commitment to providing equality of access for all.
Our core values are:
British Values should be at the centre of everything that we do within schools. This is supported by the guidance from The DFE, which states that we should, ‘create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ At Roman Fields, these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
At Roman Fields, opportunities such as the School Council allow our young people to have a say in what we do on a day to day basis. For example, they are able to vote on key issues such as how rewards are used within the provision.
THE RULE OF LAW
Through our PSHEE and LifeSkills curriculum, young people are educated about the laws that must be followed in our society. Key areas are covered such as how laws govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our young people are encouraged to engage with the public, through regular trips and visits and, as a result, understand the correct and appropriate ways to conduct themselves in such situations.
Roman Fields is a safe and supportive environment which allows young people to feel valued and make individual choices. Staff help them to make safe choices through our PSHEE and mentoring programme, where students receive guidance on e-safety, safe behaviours and relationships. Young people are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices, such as attending enrichment activities and trips during school holidays.
Respect is the most important value that we promote at Roman Fields, through lesson time, interactions around the provision and through our treatment of ourselves and each other. Through our Autism Enrichment Programme, young people are encouraged to engage with and respect people from different backgrounds.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Roman Fields is an environment where young people are encouraged to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. For example, through sharing their experiences and beliefs with each other during our shared lunchtime and registration time. RS and PSHEE lessons help young people to be tolerant and to understand others in a safe environment where they can ask questions and clarify any confusion that they may feel.