Pioneer School, an AET Academy, is a special academy based in Basildon, Essex.It is a mixed, day special academy designated for children aged 3 – 19 who have been assessed as having a severe and complex learning difficulty, but aspires to support young people to the age of 25. With the exception of those pupils occasionally admitted in the Foundation Stage on an assessment basis all pupils have a statement of special educational need, falling principally into the categories of severe and complex or profound and multiple. A smaller number of students have moderate learning difficulties and a significant number have an additional diagnosis of autism.
The school experiences a variable pattern of referrals and admissions and whilst it is usual for children to be admitted at the Foundation stage and key stage 1 age there are a significant number of children that are admitted at other ages. Admissions also take place regularly throughout the school year. There are currently 131 pupils on the school roll.
Although the catchment area for the school extends beyond the geographical boundaries of Basildon the vast majority of pupils live in the local area.
In January 2009 the school moved to new purpose built premises, which were further extended in September 2011 to provide even more specialist spaces. The school now has facilities that are second to none within the UK and we are regularly visited or consulted on matters of special school design.
Our vision is to continue developing and improving the quality of provision available to our students and governors, parents and staff are enthusiastic and committed to the proposed plans. We believe that our proposals will enhance the education and quality of life for the children and young people currently in the school and lead to better outcomes for them in adult life.
Our most recent successful Ofsted inspection (click here) recognised that we are a good school with many outstanding features, one of which was our capacity to continue to improve. This is shown by our decision to convert to academy status and our ambitious plans to further extend our provision.
Pioneer School is a key member of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the operational arm of the Greensward Charitable Trust, which is a federation of academies created to provide thousands of students/pupils with the best possible education.
AET aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfil their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them. AET believes that all young people deserve to become world class learners - to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment, with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up to date resources available to them.
AET is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that young people are able to, in the future, compete on the world stage with the skills, confidence and flair to generate new ideas, new initiatives and thereby make a full contribution to tomorrow's world.