I hope that you will take the opportunity to look through and gain an impression of our school. The most important thing about our school is summed up in our vision statement,

Happiness First All Else Follows.

We believe that when children are happy they can be successful. Our aim is to provide a happy, safe and secure teaching and learning environment for all pupils and staff. This is not something that we can do alone. Working together in partnership with pupils, parents /carers & the Tameside community we believe will lead to the development of confident, independent learners. Young people prepared for life in an increasingly complex and technologically advanced world. It is important to us that pupil’s & their families have an opportunity to contribute to the ethos of the school. We recognise and appreciate the support received from families and Governors, in promoting inclusive, positive learning opportunities for all pupils. We have high expectations, challenging our pupils to grow as independent learners through our work with a variety of external support agencies both in school and based in the local community, helping pupils to become successful members of the wider community.
We provide an appropriate range of nationally accredited courses for our Key Stage 4 pupils in addition to a variety of vocational day release link courses with both Tameside College and other college providers in the Greater Manchester area. 

All pupils are encouraged to take part in a varied programme of after school enrichment activities both on and off site. Pupils take pride in their school environment and through work as part of the school council, pupil mentoring scheme, and ECO work, which includes topics about caring for our local enviroment and the planet.
We firmly believe that pupils and staff have the right to succeed, feel happy and for each one to be valued. We take pride in fostering positive relationships between staff and pupils in the belief that these impact on pupil progress and achievement.

Samuel Laycock School opened in 1980 and moved to its present purpose build facility in September 2011. We are a special school for 100 pupils with moderate learning difficulties, some of whom have a range of additional needs, including personal, social emotional and medical needs which impact on their learning.
We are entering a very exciting period of expansion, working with Tameside to provide a facility to meet the needs of up to 60 pupils who have a diagnosis of autism. This development has been embraced by the school and the new facility will form part of the schools overall organisation. The resulting extension will give access to learning opportunities in a variety of flexible room spaces as well as some aspects being shared within the current building. Plans are available to view in school and we expect the new accommodation to be ready for September 2015.
As a school we pride ourselves in how we have continued to develop and build on our achievements, In May 2008, Ofsted had this to say about our school: “This is an outstanding school where pupils make excellent progress” “The quality of care and support for the pupils is exemplary” “The curriculum is outstanding”

In December 2010, Ofsted had this to say about our school:

“Samuel Laycock is an outstanding school. It provides exceptionally well for all its students, many of whom have complex learning difficulties.”
“Behaviour is excellent. The students’ outstanding attitudes equip them very well for the world of work, since they display qualities that employers value, such as a willingness to work, engage and learn.”
“The highest quality of care and a curriculum full of interest are central to the school’s aims. It achieves both.”
“This is an outward-looking and innovative school,”

In March 2014, Ofsted had this to say about our school:

‘Since the school relocated to its new site in September 2011 there has been an unyielding effort to ensure that all students benefit from the state of the art facilities.’
‘From extremely low starting points students achieve well and make good progress overall. Students are well prepared for the next stage of their education and all gain qualifications at least in line with their ability.
‘Students behaviour is good. Their good attitude to learning in lessons contributes effectively to their good progress. Students feel safe in school and their behaviour around school and also when on educational visits is often exemplary.

I hope that you will find our website of interest. However the only way to really learn about our school and to discover if it’s right for your child is to visit us during the school day and see for yourself what we can offer you and your son or daughter. If you are interested, please use the contact details provided and arrange to call in and see us.
Carol Lund