Head Teacher’s Welcome

Hello, and welcome to Expanse Learning Wigan School,

It is a privilege to welcome you onto our website and I feel very fortunate to be the Head Teacher here at ELWS.

Our school was founded in September 2018 with the single intent to provide a structured, calm, welcoming and nurturing environment for students at secondary school age who require or are in the process of acquiring an Education Health & Care Plan.

Ed Hanley
M.A, NPQH, NASENCO, PGCE

At ELWS, every student we welcome into our school community gets a fresh start. They are made to feel welcome by our highly trained staff who create a calm environment within which students tell us they feel safe and happy.

Many of our students and their families have had negative experiences of education to date.  Often, this is due to a variety of reasons related to a Special Education Need such as Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, and/or as a result of a combination of factors related to Social, Emotional Mental Health needs such as high levels of anxiety related to the school environment. We support children from a variety of backgrounds aged 11-16 including children who are looked after.

Our aim is to use the prescribed measures of support contained in each child’s Education Health & Care Plan to break down barriers to learning and give our students the best possible learning environments within which to grow, progress and succeed.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and offers students many different aspects related to personal and social development, vocational and enrichment activities alongside our core academic subjects.

Class sizes are small, and we support our students social and emotional needs in relation to  confidence, resilience, character, social communication and interaction how to keep themselves safe amongst many other aspects.

Below you will find a link to our prospectus and an interactive 3D tour of our school, please do take some time to have a wander round!

Thank you for reading my welcome letter, my door is always open to any members of our school community and I welcome feedback in all its forms related to our setting. I look forward to meeting you all in the very near future.

Yours Sincerely

Ed Hanley

Head Teacher Expanse Learning Wigan School

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