Sanderson High School has run residential experiences for its students for many years and is a member of the Calderglen Learning Away partnership. The school caters for young people with additional support needs aged between 11 and 16, and is located on the same campus as Calderglen High School – the schools share several buildings. Both schools make good use of an innovative integrated curriculum and shared lessons. Young people also have the opportunity to spend informal time together.
Of particular note is the way in which Sanderson High School integrates residentials with the school’s ‘independent living’ curriculum, providing a real world context for the skills young people learn in those lessons. The school used its Learning Away funds to successfully explore the feasibility of extending residential experiences to young people with the most complex needs, using specialist residential providers The Bendrigg Trust and The Calvert Trust.