Removing obstacles and enabling access to learning



Head teacher: Mrs Lyn Dance
The Milestone School, Longford Lane, Gloucester , GL2 9EU 
Telephone: 01452 874000


Welcome to our website where we hope you will find lots of useful information.  

The Milestone School is a community Special School that provides for over 300 children with a wide range of special educational needs. The school delivers The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and National Curriculum modified as appropriate for individual need, and as part of a wide range of curriculum activities devised to support pupils to achieve their maximum learning, personal and social potential.  We deliver learning through an active learning curriculum which incorporates lots of fun as well as new experiences.

Where appropriate, links with mainstream schools are developed through joint projects across the key stages. Our integration programme is for Early Years pupil identified as ready to transfer into a mainstream school setting, and provides support throughout the transition process.

By virtue of its distinctive blend of expertise, facilities and resources, The Milestone School plays a significant role in the network of services the Local Authority provides to meet the special educational needs of pupils in Gloucestershire. The school provides advice and support for teachers and support workers of pupils with physical and learning disabilities in mainstream school through its Outreach and Training service.


The Milestone School was awarded Specialist School status in July 2008.  The school's specialist areas are Communication and Interaction. 

Please explore the website to find out more about Milestone.  You are also very welcome to join one of our regular visitor tours, please contact the school office on 01452 874000 for dates and times.  If you are a parent who might require the Local Authority to refer your child for a place at the school please do contact the relevant Head of Department for a more detailed and personalised visit.



The latest Ofsted Inspection took place in September 2013.  We are absolutely delighted to have been judged as outstanding in all four aspects which were inspected.


A copy of the full report is available on-line at the OFSTED website which can be accessed from the Web Links page. 


The action point arising from the Ofsted inspection to further improve the school is to "ensure that the planning for the continuous development of the school is fully implemented so that, as younger pupils with increasingly complex needs move into the upper part of the school, the facilities and accommodation remain first class and are able to meet their greater needs equally successfully.'




Vision and Mission Statement and Aims 


Vision statement  - ‘Removing obstacles and enabling access to learning’


Mission statement 

·         We provide an aspirational, effective and inspiring school.


·         We provide an environment which allows our children to develop academically, socially, physically and emotionally.


·         We use our expertise and resources to offer pupils access to as broad a curriculum as relevant to each individual, incorporating aspects of the National Curriculum as appropriate and encouraging active learning


·         We promote the school as part of the educational continuum, not apart from it.


Guiding Principle Aims

The school will -

·      use the curriculum as a learning process not a content or structure


·      lead its own learning for pupils and staff with the focus on ‘learning to learn’ and problem solving


·      have the individual as the central focus, not the curriculum


·      enable, facilitate and allow pupils time to learn


·      adopt a trans-disciplinary, holistic approach with all agencies involved with the child – including parents and carers


·      develop ‘interest appropriate’ approaches as well as age appropriate approaches.


·      have high expectations of pupils and staff


·      provide opportunities for all staff to develop skills and expertise, thereby ensuring a high standard of teaching matched to the needs of pupils


·      engage positively with the local community and utilise it as part of the learning experience


·      continuously review and evaluate all aspects of the school and set innovative targets for development


·      prepare pupils for an adult life with a focus on being able to communicate and be understood, problem solve and cope with new situations



Each pupil and member of staff will -

·      know what is expected


·      feel appreciated and valued 


·      have structure to his/her day  -  with consistency and continuity as   needed


·      enjoy success and learn that making mistakes and getting things wrong are positive learning opportunities 


·      achieve high personal standards


·         be supported to communicate their needs












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