Cornerstone School, Belvedere, Kent, DA17 6DW
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Expected start date
1 September 2022
7 July 2022 at 12:00pm
23 June 2022
About Cornerstone School
- School type
- Free School, ages 11 to 19
- Education phase
- School size
- Up to 90 pupils
- Age range
- 11 to 19
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- School website
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Cornerstone is an 11-19 co-educational special free school, which opened in September 2021. There are currently 20 pupils across two Year 7 classes, with the school growing to 45 pupils in September 2022 across Key Stage 3. Situated in Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley, the school is for pupils with a diagnosis of autism and related social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, working at age-related expectations. At capacity, it is planned the school will have 90 pupils. The next exciting stage of the school’s development and growth will see the transition to our brand new, purpose-built accommodation.
At Cornerstone, our vision is to ensure that every young person we work with is ‘Happy, confident and ready to contribute’. Built upon a foundation of compassion, we want every child to thrive and recognise the unique gifts they have. To this effect, the school has three key values:
o AMBITION: We have high expectations for all of the pupils and staff in our school. By working to build on individual strengths, but also taking the time and patience needed to understand weaknesses and supporting pupils to address these (both cognitive and emotional), we instil a strong sense of ambition in all.
o CURIOSITY: Curiosity is at the heart of life-long learning; at Cornerstone it is valued and rewarded. By instilling a sense of curiosity, every day brings opportunity to learn more about ourselves, our surrounding environment and we grow as a result.
o HAPPINESS: All members of the school deserve to be happy – when we are happy, we can flourish.
Our desire to achieve this vision, and to live out the key values of the school, run inherently through everything we do. This begins with the school environment, in which we provide a happy, safe and calm place in which pupils can feel secure. We encourage kindness at all times, promoting a compassionate and nurturing environment and dedicate the necessary time to form and maintain positive relationships.
We ensure pupils have access to a tailored, personalised curriculum in which they can work towards, and achieve, individual goals. Central to this personalised curriculum is recognising and developing individual interests and skills, promoting inquisitive learning. Pupils are also supported to develop critical life skills, ensuring they are empowered to make informed choices beyond the classroom. Cornerstone School says to its pupils we will provide ‘A foundation of learning, tailored to you’.
Cornerstone School is part of the family of Trinitas schools, and will work in close partnership with its sibling, Trinity School. Wherever possible, and appropriate to their needs, this will offer the opportunity for pupils to access mainstream schooling to support their development.
Our trust vision sees Cornerstone School recognised as a specialist resource for other Bexley schools with their staff utilising it for training and development.
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