What We Can Offer
Social Arts for Education is a small Independent Special School catering for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, particularly those who are recovering from bullying or those on the autism spectrum.
SAFE is much smaller than most schools with fewer than 25 students on roll. We offer a curriculum that can be individualised and options to study remotely. We can tailor learning so that each student’s educational experience remains holistic and offers students the chance to develop both academically and socially.
Our MISSION AND VISION
We Are Providing an Environment for Our Students to Grow & Excel
The art of social interaction remains at the forefront of our curriculum and extra-curricular activities because we know that school can be an extremely lonely place to be without a friend. We endeavour to provide a holistic education for all our students so that psychological needs are met in order to develop skills such as learning, socialising, communication, managing anxiety and low self-esteem. Our overall goal for each child at SAFE is for them to look back with fond memories of school and look forward with excitement about the opportunities that stand before them.
Teaching the Adults of tomorrow
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the questions we get asked most frequently. If you’d like to know something else, please get in touch using the contact form above.
What is SAFE?
SAFE is an independent special school, catering for children with mainly social, anxiety and mental health difficulties, mainly those due to bullying or autism and related conditions.
What is the difference between SAFE and a mainstream school?
SAFE is much smaller than most schools – we only have three classrooms. As a result, our student roll is very low, which makes each child’s experience at SAFE more individualised and holistic than at most provisions . SAFE’s teaching methods and environment reflect the SPELL framework (constructed by the National Autistic Society). The framework, which stands for Structure, Positive Expectations and Attitudes, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links, encourages a low-stimuli environment where children are at ease, accepted by others and are open to a variation of life opportunities. SAFE’s main goal is to allow children to learn in a safe and understanding environment so children’s confidence becomes strong enough to take the life opportunities they deserve.
What's it like to study at SAFE?
Although SAFE offers a broad, balanced curriculum, the number of subjects on offer is lower than at a mainstream secondary. This makes the timetable much less busy – students might have three different subjects in one day, rather than five or six. There are only a few teachers and teaching assistants too, all of whom build close trusting relationships with their pupils. Although students are expected to behave with respect towards staff, they are allowed to call staff by their first names, and staff might dress in a more relaxed and casual manner than in a mainstream school. This all helps the atmosphere of the centre to be a calm, happy one.
Do SAFE students have to wear a uniform?
SAFE does not have a uniform or a dress code – our students come in wearing whatever they feel comfortable in.
How do I get a place for my child at SAFE?
To apply for a place at SAFE, first fill in the contact form above, selecting ‘I want to enquire about a place for my child at SAFE’ as your reason for contact. Our admissions coordinator, Lisa, will then get in touch to guide you through the process. Please fill in the suitability form as comprehensively as you can – it’s designed to give us a full picture of your child’s needs, in order that we can be certain we are the right place for you and your child.
An outline of all the steps we take during admission can be found here (page opens in new window)
Does my child have to have an EHCP to study at SAFE?
No, SAFE is open to children with or without EHCPs, providing they meet our criteria and we can meet their needs.
What Parents are Saying
“Someone was definitely looking down on us the day we stumbled on this amazing place which completely turned my son’s life around. I presented you with a depressed, unmotivated and frustrated 12 year old and you gave me back a bright, lovable, spirited teenager with a mischievous sense of humour and faith fully restored in teachers!”
“Thank you for being amazing with my daughter. She said she read out in class today which is something she never would have done, she wouldn’t even put her hand up in case she got something wrong and people laughed.”