Welcome to Dee Banks.
I hope that you will find the information helpful. Though it reflects our ethos, it is no substitute for a visit. You can arrange this by telephoning school or calling in person.
Dee Banks is an all age special school which caters for a wide range of special needs and learning difficulties. Most of our pupils have severe learning difficulties. Though a significant number have Profound and Multiple difficulties and some are on the autistic spectrum.
I am really proud of this school which strives at all times to live up to our mission statement “Meeting individual needs and celebrating success.”
“For parents and carers, the essence of the school for them is the devotion of staff to meeting the needs of their children. The care, support and guidance for pupils is exceptional” – Ofsted 2011
Letter from our new Headteacher
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my background.
I left school after taking my A levels in 1979 (you can all now work out how old I am!) and started work at the Halifax Building Society in St Helens.
During my time at the Halifax, I began working on a voluntary basis with a dance group for children with Down’s syndrome at Mill Green Special School in Newton-le-Willows. This experience made me realise that I wanted to do something different with my life, so I left the Halifax in 1988 to start my degree in Education at Edge Hill University. Whilst studying at University I ran a weekend and holiday club for children with special needs.
After graduating I started work at a mainstream primary school in Knowsley and worked there for 4 years. Whilst there, I had children integrating into my class from the local special school; this re-kindled my interest in working with children with special needs.
To extend my knowledge, I decided to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (PG Dip SEN) at John Moores University in Liverpool. I continued to work whilst studying and then secured a teaching position at The Elms Special School in Knowsley. (This school no longer exists as it has amalgamated with another school under a different name.) The Elms was very similar to Dee Banks, with 112 children aged 2 to 19 on roll, with a range of complex needs aged 2 to 19 years old.
I also worked for a period of time for CASADT (Cheshire Autism Support And Development Team) supporting children, schools and families across Cheshire. Whilst there I did a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism, through Birmingham University.
For the past 7 years I have been the Headteacher of Rosebank School in Barnton, Northwich. This is a LA maintained special primary school for children with autism and social and communication difficulties. I have loved my time my time at Rosebank but have missed working with older children, so I am very much looking forward to coming to Dee Banks.
Ray and I are already working together to ensure as smooth a transition in September as possible. I have attending a governors meeting, met with the Senior Leadership Team, been interviewed (and videoed by) some of the older pupils and had the pleasure of attending a ‘Shields’ Assembly just before the holidays.
On a personal level, I am married with 2 children and live in Newton-le-Willows near Warrington. My son, Chris, is 23 years old and works in Advertising and my daughter, Katie, is nearly 17 and is at college studying for her A levels.
The important questions from your children were
- What kind of music do I like?
- What’s my favourite film?
- Do I have any pets?
- Lastly, what’s my favourite kind of cake?
Choosing my favourite film and music was quite hard as I like so many. I have 2 dogs, a Labrador and a Cocker Spaniel. The cake question was easy – Lemon Drizzle!!!
On a more serious note, I hope to carry on the great work already being done at Dee Banks and I look forward to meeting you all in September.