Headteachers Welcome

I am delighted to be able to introduce The Danesgate Community to you.

The Danesgate Community was formed in April 2010. The mission of the school is to provide children and young people who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs with a high quality education, positive opportunities to succeed and improved life skills to increase their chances of returning to mainstream school and contributing to their wider community in a constructive and sustainable manner. Pupils at Danesgate are helped to develop their holistic needs when they may have struggled to succeed in another school. Many of our pupils have additional learning or neurodevelopmental needs including Autism and ADHD. The Danesgate Community is a unique setting that provides an opportunity for young people to feel supported, safe and nurtured so that they can thrive and then achieve their best outcomes possible. Positive working relationships are the key to making young people feel valued, allowing them to grow in their confidence and self-worth. When previous educational experiences have been negative, at Danesgate Community we focus on each individual to create a positive and encouraging learning environment.

The Danesgate Community is based at Fulford Cross. We support young people from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. Our facilities include The Danesgate Centre, The Danesgate Skills Centre, a designated Primary provision, a walled garden, a woodland conservation area and a sports field. We also have provisions based in mainstream school settings across the City of York. These are our Kestrel and Eagle short stay provisions which are designed to provide individual support to encourage success in mainstream school.

Chris Nichols, Headteacher.