Philosophy and Ethos of the school
All pupils of The Red Door School have a diagnosis of autism and complex needs. Their initial enrolment is based upon a psychological report. Each pupil presents a variety of educational challenges and a combination of skill excesses and deficits which are in line with the uneven profile in pupils with autism, in addition to the triad of impairments.
The ethos of The Red Door School is to provide child-centred education through individualised programmes for each pupil. Underpinning all aspects of school life is the pupil’s right to learn in a happy, positive and respectful environment, to be happy and to be an active participant in their own education.
The rights of every pupil at The Red Door School are positively respected in an environment in which fun is a key component. Independence and living skills, together with communication and leisure skills are core elements of our curriculum.
Currently our school is situated in prefabs. The Department of Education and Skills have agreed to replace our existing prefabs with new structures of a much higher standard. The school is in the development stage of this project in consultation with our Landlord and DLR County Council. Parents of the school will be appraised of developments when these occur. Over the summer 2018 the Department of Education and Skills allowed for minor repair works to the premises to bridge the gap between these projects.
The Red Door School use an evidence based approach to the teaching and learning of pupils with ASD. Each child will have an Individual Education Plan which will be specific to their needs. Our class teachers use the NCCA national curriculum and the NCCA curriculum for children with General Learning Difficulties when planning for your child’s academic goals. We also use Aistear in our infant and younger classes.
Our curriculum is presented in six areas, some of which are further subdivided into subjects. These are:
- Communication & Language: Communication, Reading and Writing
- Social, environmental and scientific education (SESE): history, geography and science
- Arts education: visual arts, music and drama
- Physical education
- Social, personal and health education (SPHE)
The Red Door School aim to fully support the child to live to their full potential and to be an active participant in their own education. Our focus is on lifelong education and enabling the participant to live a fully inclusive life within their community . We recognise that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to inclusion and there are many methods to creating an inclusive culture within our school community. Some of the ways we foster inclusion at The Red Door School are as follows:
- Visits within the local community, shops, library, post office.
- Combined activities with local schools
- Visitation placements – whereby a pupil from our school may attend another school as a guest for some period of the school day – please see visitation policy for more details.
The Red Door School Board of Management
Chairperson/Parent Rep Joyce Mc Dermott Patron Rep Brian Buggy
Patron Rep Martin Poulsen Community Rep Paula Baird
Principal Adeline Wall Community Rep Niamh Garavin
Staff Rep Deirdre Sullivan Parents Rep Neil Guinan
Staff Roles and Qualifications
The Board of Management of The Red Door School complies with all recruitment procedures for staff as outlined by the Department of Education and Skills. All personnel employed by the school or engaged on by the school in placements are fully Garda Vetted. References for all personnel are checked in advance of any position being offered by the school. Comprehensive in-house training is offered to all staff of The Red Door School.
- Is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including guidance and direction of the teachers and other staff of the school, and is accountable to the Board of Management
- provides leadership to the teachers and other staff and the students of the school,
- is responsible, together with the board, parents of students and the teachers, for the creation in the school of an environment which is supportive of learning among the students and which promotes the professional development of the teachers,
- encourages the involvement of parents of students in the school in the education of those students and in the achievement of the objectives of the school
Our Clinical Director is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and is engaged on a consultative basis to oversee the implementation of clinical supports for our pupils. She works collaboratively with the principal and class teachers to provide training and support in evidence based practice. The Clinical Director also provides in-house support and training to all staff in the implementation of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support.
All class teachers are fully recognized with the Teaching Council and qualified to teach in a Special School Setting. The Class Teacher is responsible for the co-ordination of each pupils Individial Education Plan in addition to planning and preparation for group actvites in line with the National Curriculum. The Class Teacher is Responsible for the health safety and welfare of all pupils in his/her class and works collaboratively with our Clinical Director or members of each child’s clinical support team to support the child’s education and development.
Special Needs Assistants/Tutors
All tutors at The Red Door School receive extensive in-house training as part of their training and induction. Their role is to ensure the pupils personal care needs are being met while also providing additional support to enable the child to participate to their fullest potential in educational activities. Tutors provide additional individual instruction under the guidance of the class teacher and collect academic and behavioural data to assist the class teacher and clinical director in assessing and monitoring each child’s progress.
The role of the bus escort is to safely supervise the pupils availing of school transport on their journey to and from school. Each escort receives in house training as part of their induction to the school. Additional training required to meet the needs of any individual child on a bus route is offered if the need arises.
The school have a part-time secretary. The Secretary’s role is to provide secretarial and administration services to the school under the direction of the Principal.
Visiting PE Teacher - Colin Donnelly
Through active fundraising of the Parent Association the school is able to offer lessons from a visiting PE teacher who delivers sessions to the pupils in small groups each week.
Additional Services/Clinical Supports
The school has no direct connection with any individual clinical support service for additional services such as Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Speech and Language Therapy, we do however work closely with any clinical provider each child is assigned to and facilitate visits and multidisciplinary meetings with the class teacher where possible.
As a school community, we place great emphasis on working together to raise vital funds for the running of the school. This includes providing for clinical services of behavioural support, educational resources and equipment to support our pupils needs, external services from visiting teachers such as PE.
Examples of activities that have taken place in the past and are due to continue include:
- RIYC Ladies Lunch
- Christmas card stalls and sales
- Table quiz (Jan/Feb, previously in the Goat pub, Goatstown)
- Foxrock Golf Classic (May)
- Women’s Mini-marathon (June)
- Music nights
- Coffee Morning
- Bag packing.
Any suggestions for ways to promote fundraising are very welcome and are very much appreciated by the school community as a whole.