The personal development of pupils at Houldsworth Valley is exceptional. School values and aims are instilled within pupils to believe, bounce and grow throughout their education. Staff are committed to supporting the learning and wider development of every pupil and focus on raising aspirations for all. Children within our specialist unit will wear the Houldsworth Valley uniform and will be a valued part of our community. We aim for children within our specialist provision to develop a sense of belonging alongside the skills to integrate successfully in their future lives.

Our school’s safe and happy environment enables children to learn effectively and reach their potential. We recognise that each individual has their own unique skills and interests which we value and promote. Children throughout the school, including the specialist provision, have high expectations for behaviour and learning.

Description of Unit

Throughout their time at Houldsworth Valley, children will engage with a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum suited to each individual’s needs and interests. Children will be based within the specialist unit at the heart of our school site led by dedicated staff who have expertise in meeting the needs of all children in inclusive settings.

Throughout the school day, pupils will engage with a specialist timetable designed to optimise their academic and social learning within a flexible curriculum which meets their needs. Teaching and learning will be multi-sensory in order to support all learners and promote success.

Within the learning environment, pupils will have access to specialist resources and a bespoke outdoor learning space as well as opportunities to utilise on-site facilities including the Library, Dance Studio and Cooking area. Additional enrichment opportunities will be offered and will be reflective of the needs of pupils with an emphasis on building communication skills at each individual’s level.

Pupils will integrate within the wider school community as appropriate to their individual needs and skills and will be supported by trained staff to transition successfully.

Our specialist unit will cater for children who require additional support with communication and interaction and will provide a bespoke curriculum of academic and life learning to ensure that each pupil grows, flourishes and is prepared for life.

Contact Details

Address: Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy, Rowley Drive, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0PU
Phone: 01638 663214

Headteacher: Mrs Lisa Tweed
SENDCo and Lead Teacher: Miss Elizabeth Barneveld
Class Teacher: Miss Phoebe Parker
Key Contact: Mrs Lisa Tweed

Miss Barneveld (Lead Specialist Teacher - SENCo)

Miss Barneveld is passionate about ensuring children are at the centre of everything we do in school; she believes in having high aspirations for all and valuing each individual child. Miss Barneveld attained her degree in Primary Education with qualified teacher status in 2017. Since this time, she has taught in a range of Key Stage 2 classes and has held leadership roles within the school.

Miss Barneveld has experience in both mainstream and specialist settings supporting children with a variety of needs to become engaged and independent learners. During her time at Houldsworth Valley, she has been the SENCo of the school and has completed the training for the SENCo award. She has also completed courses including Makaton, Lego Therapy, Mental Health Awareness, Autism Awareness, Understanding Language and Learning and Emotional Regulation.

Miss Parker (Specialist Teacher)

Miss Parker is passionate about giving children positive and meaningful learning experiences which develop their academic skills as well as support their personal development. She believes in having high aspirations for all children and giving them the tools to become independent learners. Miss Parker attained her PGCE in Primary Education with qualified teacher status in 2017 and since then, has taught both key stage 1 and key stage 2 at Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy.

During her time at Houldsworth Valley, she was head of design and technology and completed a leadership course. Miss Parker is an expert oracy practitioner and is keen to develop children’s oracy skills, teaching them how to talk and allowing them to learn through talk. She has received a range of training including autism awareness, Makaton, supporting children with memory difficulties and mental health and well-being.