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New Skill Centre Independent School, Pre and Post 16 | Community Directory

New Skill Centre Independent School, Pre and Post 16

Learning Disabilities Framework Provider

Framework provider of day, evening and weekend activities for people with learning disabilities and autism

General Details

Welcome to the New Skill Centre. We are an Independent Special Educational Needs (SEN) School for pupils aged 13-16 and 16-21 who have difficulty in accessing mainstream settings and other large educational institutions.

At the New Skill Centre, we strive to improve life chances of every young person who we work with by providing a holistic and supportive approach to teaching and learning. This is delivered through classroom teaching, personalised learning and meaningful interventions enabling every young person the opportunity to reach their potential and gain the success that they deserve.

We are committed to enabling our pupils to overcome their challenges through supporting their academic and social and emotional development. At the New Skill Centre, this is achieved though access to a broad and balanced curriculum, matched to individual need and therapeutic interventions.

At the New Skill Centre, we prioritise working closely and in partnership with all stakeholders, including other professionals and specialist agencies, but especially parents and carers. As a school, we prioritise a strong focus on pastoral support and as such have a dedicated Pastoral and Transition Lead who directly supports pupil transition to the setting and provides individual support for every pupil, throughout the time they are with us.

Our Vision is to provide the best opportunity for pupils to thrive; enabling the young person to progress academically, personally, socially and emotionally so they can fulfil their potential.

Underpinning this vision is the emphasis and value we place on building positive, supportive and trusting relationships with pupils, family members, carers and other professionals. At all times, we are striving to ensure pupils progress academically and to help all pupils become more resilient, adaptable, confident and capable individuals.

Our Aims

  • To support and enable pupils to become more independent and confident learners who are able to fulfil their academic potential.

  • To enable pupils to develop social and emotional awareness and resilience through recognition of individual need and planned learning experiences.

  • To enable pupils to develop their self-esteem, confidence and resilience to help better prepare them for adult life.

  • To treat pupils with respect and through example, to instil the highest moral values and attitudes towards others.

  • To offer a balanced curriculum, supported through the implementation of nurturing and holistic approaches.

  • To create an environment in which students are encouraged to be courteous and considerate to others, respecting their property, personal dignity, opinions and abilities.

  • To develop and maintain positive relationships with pupils, parents/carers and all other professionals through regular and effective communication.

  • To improve life chances and outcomes for all pupils.

Our Core Values

  • Aspiration and Excellence
  • Respect and Trust
  • Inclusion and Nurture
  • Commitment and Integrity
  • Enjoyment and Potential
  • Communication and Partnership
  • Responsibility and Resilience

We are keen for you to find out more about what we do and would welcome you to get in touch to arrange a visit. Please contact our Office Manager Carol Maile on 01473 290276 who will be able to organise this.

Who to contact

Carol Maile
Office Manager
01473 290276
Wolsey House
2-5 The Drift
Nacton Road

Carol Maile is the Office Manager of the Independent School 11-16. Please contact the Headteacher, Mark Winston (details outlined in additional contact) if unavailable.

Additional contact

Mark Winston
01473 290276
Additional Website
New Skill Centre Independent SEN School
Wolsey House
2-5 The Drift

Where to go

New Skill Centre
Wolsey House
2-5 The Drift
Nacton Road
Venue Website
Parking available

Days & Times

Open weekdays
Time of day
Session Information
Monday to Friday 9:20 to 15:10
The school day is from 09:20 to 15:10 for pre 16 and Post 16 students.

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Pupil places are mainly commissioned directly by the Local Authority as part of the consultation process and Special Education Panel (SEP)

Further to this, places can be sought directly from Home Schools, private arrangements, etc. 

A thorough student transition process will be administered, with close co-operation and communication with parents/carers. The Referral and Transition/Induction process is completed within the first few weeks of the student starting at the New Skill Centre. The Transition phase is co-ordinated by the Transition and Pastoral Lead. The Induction phase is co-ordinated by the Deputy Headteacher/SENCO. The Transition and Induction period is organised to enable the young person to gradually integrate into the setting, become confident with the staff team and get to know other students attending

During the referral, transition and induction process, pupil information is gained from referring home schools, local authority, professional agencies, training providers, social care team, parents/carers.

Age Groups
16-25 years, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to enable our young people to grow in subject knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst developing the confidence and resilience so they can successfully move onto further education, training and employment.

We are passionate in helping to develop our pupils, so that they may live a life that has purpose and meaning to them and enables them to engage positively in their relationships with their local community and with society in general.

High quality teaching with therapeutic input and experiences, lead to sound academic and personal development. Our curriculum is founded on developing and in some cases, restoring self confidence and self esteem, focusing initially on the development of a thorough understanding of the young person and developing trusting relationships between the young person and staff.

Daily, the acquisition of core skills is central to pupil learning. Every school day starts with independent, shared or group reading, thus developing fluency, increasing vocabulary and helping young people to develop reading for pleasure. English and Maths lessons are provided daily to ensure rapid progress is achieved in these subjects so helping to unlock learning in all subject areas.

Pupils follow a vibrant, broad and balanced curriculum. The range of subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • PSHE
  • ICT
  • Art and Design
  • Humanities and Democracy
  • History
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • PE
  • Cooking
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Citizenship
  • Digital Skills
  • Animation

 Some of the interventions used to further support individual pupils and to compliment the personalisation of our curriculum offer, consist of:

- THRIVE approach

- Drawing and Talking,

- Numeracy skills,

- Handwriting, Spelling and Reading.

Developing self-worth and resilience in our young people is essential. Young people needing support to manage difficult situations can be supported by the therapeutic intervention, titled, Drawing and Talking. We have a trained practitioner as part of the staff team.  

The New Skill Centre also use a nationally recognised approach called THRIVE to help promote mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. There are two staff members who are THRIVE licensed practitioners. 


The intended outcomes of our curriculum is that all pupils become:

 1. Successful pupils who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their full potential.

 2. Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

 3. Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.


We achieve this through OUR curriculum which: 

  1. Is broad and balanced.
  2. Will encourage all pupils to reach their full potential.
  3. Is flexible enough to meet the needs of the diverse population within the school and matched to the individual needs of each pupil.
  4. Builds on pupils previous and existing knowledge, skills and understanding.
  5. Reflects the multicultural nature of the local community and built upon British Values.
  6. Develops confidence, high self-esteem and independence.
  7. Develops a respect for other people and the environment.
  8. Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Courtesy, good manners, respect and consideration for others, together with self-discipline and resilience are all important aspects of a child’s education. The New Skill Centre encourages pupils to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves and supports them in this by providing a welcoming, friendly and safe environment in which they feel valued, trusted and where they are supported to develop high self-esteem and confidence.

Personal development is fostered through our PSHE and personalised curriculum offer and is enhanced through activities, visits and trips that enable pupils to gain a wider understanding of themselves, the local community and understanding of the world around them.

School Type
SecondaryPost-16 Provision
DfE Number
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Nursery provision


Immediate vacancies

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Our school provides a safe, nurturing environment for young people unable to currently have their needs met through mainstream education. As an Independent school for young people with identified Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND), our young people may have a number of SEND across the four broad areas of need:

  • Communication and interaction, for example, Autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and Speech and language difficulties.
  • Cognition and learning, for example, processing difficulties, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties, for example, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Anxieties, Depression and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Sensory and/or physical needs, for example, visual impairments, hearing impairments and sensory processing difficulties (SPD).

All our young people have an Educational, health and care plan (EHCP) which outlines their SEND, agreed outcomes and required provision to meet these outcomes. Progress towards each young person’s EHCP outcomes is recorded by all staff and monitored closely and shared regularly with parents and pupils through termly reports, progress review days and annual reviews.

Working collaboratively with parents, carers and young people to ensure best possible             outcomes for our young people is at the heart of all we do.

Our parents say:

  • “I have always felt that I can speak honestly and voice any questions or concerns without fear or judgement. Likewise, I feel that the staff are very open and honest with me, so there is mutual trust and it feels like we work collaboratively, it is absolutely NOT a case of us and them, we work together as one.”              


  • “They are good at identifying and supporting the needs of our child.”


  • “The staff show a strong sense of caring for each child’s needs and offer great support.”                                           
  • “Children are listened to and understood.”


  • NSC is “very good at communication, taking the time to listen and come up with ideas to help the child or young person.”


  • “The teaching staff are wonderful, making lessons enjoyable and really considering each child’s needs. There needs to be a NSC school in every town!”

For further information regarding SEND provision at NSC, please refer to the SEND policy. Alternatively, you may wish to discuss SEND in relation to your young person by contacting the SENCO:

Kim Charlesworth

01473 290276 Ext  or Kim@newskillcentre.org


This provider was Quality Assured in 2019 and is now an approved provider by Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance and Provider Development Team - find out more here.

Kim Charlesworth, Deputy Headteacher/SENCO.
01473 290276
New Skill Centre SEN Independent School
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Sensory impairments

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