Mission Statement

The AFA Base is designed to provide assistance for students who have found it difficult to fully access mainstream curriculum. Our programme is capable of accommodating a range of vulnerable students with varying needs or requirements. The AFA provides an alternative learning experience for students who are at risk of complete disaffection from education. Each student is provided with a personalised programme based around promoting a positive attitude towards learning and to the school staff. Students are expected to develop their behaviour to a standard suitable for mainstream curriculum. There is an emphasis and focus on attendance to school whilst raising the importance of organisation both at home and in school. Within the AFA there is a strong philosophy of Understanding, Nurture and Attachment. Each student will engage in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT activities along with a project based curriculum. Each student will receive a plan of action that may involve a Reward Card, with short and long term target setting, learning strategies for staff and a parental contract of supporting their child. Ultimately, the AFA aims to improve the attitudes, of those who experience the intervention, to learning.

The AFA Base Staff

  • Manager – MR R Selway (also Sapphire Head of House)– responsible for the running of the Centre
  • HLTA – Mrs S Hoban (also Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) responsible for delivering the emotional literacy scheme of work and to assist the centre manager for larger, more complex groups
  • Teaching Assistant – Mr J Myers – (also 1-1 Key Worker)
  • Male / Female Split – it is felt that through the Philosophy of Nurture that a male and female member of staff should be available in the Centre at all times to ensure that each student has an opportunity to engage with either gender of adult depending on how they are presenting

Stress Busting Fish Arrive at Court Fields School

Court Fields School students are delighted to welcome over 50 tropical fish to their new home, in the school’s Achievement for All base.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Maidenhead Aquatics and Andrew Paxton from Interpet in Taunton, the students at the school are now enjoying learning about these beautiful fish and their habitat.

Students are also benefitting from the therapeutic qualities of the new aquarium. Senior Teaching Assistant, John Myers, explained “the new aquarium is fantastic as it creates a very calm and soothing atmosphere for learning.”

The Achievement for All base supports over 100 children during the school week with extra learning opportunities including outdoor learning, gardening. cooking/life skills, and swimming. If you are interested in volunteering in the base, please contact Helen Towler-Williams via the school office.