Cedars is a purpose built centre, opened in the summer of 2019, which lies at our Woollam Crescent LINKS Academy site in St Albans. We provide education for young people aged 5-11 years old with complex needs, or who could be permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion from their school. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, within a supportive, nurturing environment. All students are known and valued as individuals and are helped to achieve their potential.
The characteristics that we aim to develop in our students are those of respect, resilience and responsibility, which are the values of our Character School ethos, whilst still aiming for them to fulfil their potential academically. We help them to overcome their barriers to learning and to support them in their next educational steps.
At Cedars we aim to establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are heard when they have a worry or concern. Safeguarding is of paramount importance at Cedars, and feeling safe and secure are the most important aspects of the centre. Cedars ensures students know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
Classes are taught in a traditional classroom, with individualised lessons and fully differentiated work provided for the students. The main areas taught in the classroom are numeracy and literacy, with emotional control being woven into all lessons and throughout the time the students spend at Cedars. This is done through a program called WITS, which helps the students develop emotional control.
In Cedars, as well as a classroom, we have a breakout room for more communal activities and things such as art, a small ICT room and a choice room where students can access a range of activities in between the formal learning sessions.
Outside is an activity play area and a hard court containing basketball and football equipment. This is used for both play times and PE at Cedars.
The staff ratio at Cedars is very high, allowing us to help all the students as much as they need, while always being mindful to develop their independence