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The Lavinia Norfolk Centre

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The Lavinia Norfolk Centre (LNC) is a unique, specialist facility within West Sussex, providing support for young people with a physical or sensory need. It has been recognised at both county and national level as a centre of excellence and expertise, having a team of qualified specialist teachers on site throughout the week. The support offered by the LNC enables students “to be fully integrated within the whole school creating an inclusive and respectful ethos.” Ofsted, 2019. This ethos of being inclusive is supported by the fact that we have worked hard to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting School at Silver, and are working towards achieving Gold status. 

Students with EHCPs that identify a physical or sensory need are allocated a planned place in the LNC, following consultation with West Sussex County Council. Our specialist facilities include hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, audiology and a VI support base equipped with Braille machines, low vision aids and tactile resources. The school also has a first class Medical Team, led by a full time nurse. The site is barrier free with electronically operated doors and lifts to all first-floor classrooms, including the Sixth Form. This provision enables our students to manage the demands of the school day and “remain included with their peers when learning.” Ofsted, 2019. 

The staff aim to enable each student to be happy, reach their full potential, and to be as independent as possible, ready to play a full role in society, as adults. This support extends to the sixth form where, “A small number of students with disabilities are able to stay on... because of the personalised support they receive”. Ofsted, 2019. The standard of this support has been judged by Ofsted to be outstanding, stating in 2013 and in subsequent reports, that the LNC “is a source of inspiration to all students. Its impact upon the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent”. 

Ofsted recognised that our students “typically progress well. Some make outstanding progress, ... given their level of need” and in 2017 added “Pupils who have special educational needs and /or disabilities are very well supported across the school to access learning” and described their progress as making students “ready for life”. Louise Burgess, SEND and Inclusion Link Adviser (West), commented in her 2021 report, that every student within the LNC is “treated as an individual and feels valued and part of the school community.” 

In addition to their academic learning, students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities, notably para sport, Ofsted acknowledged this as a “distinctive feature” of the school. In recent years, several of our students have competed at national and international level in para sports as a direct result of the opportunities provided for them in the school.

The highly skilled and experienced team at The Lavinia Norfolk Centre have high aspirations for all their students and the LNC is central to the school’s ethos of total inclusion. It is a place where we feel we offer the opportunity to build on our similarities and seek enrichment from our differences.

Parents considering such a placement are encouraged to visit the school and meet with a member of our team to view our facilities and discuss potential placements.

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