Welcome and thank you for considering Glenoaks Remedial and Special Needs School for your child.

As a parent, making the decision to place your child in a remedial or special needs environment may come with a variety of mixed feelings. I would like to share with you a little of the essence that makes Glenoaks such a unique environment.

Many who visit us comment on the friendly and nurturing atmosphere that permeates through every aspect of Glenoaks School. Our committed and qualified staff share a passion for working with children to address the variety of barriers to learning they might be facing when they first come to Glenoaks. From our small class settings to our individual and group therapies, our ultimate goal is to help our learners grow to be their best. We want our learners to be happy at school, to thrive and be engaged academically, emotionally and socially.

Upon reflection, the greatest change that I have witnessed in our students is their growth in confidence, self-efficacy and self-worth. Being a part of this process is our privilege. Through the support of our multi-disciplinary team we help our learners to identify their strengths, accept and work on their areas of challenge, and to reach their potential. Our teaching methods and therapy interventions aim to; encourage our students to actively participate in their own learning, support the development of problem solving and thinking skills, promote a positive, intrinsic work ethic and equip our students with strategies which enable them to continue with their learning in future years. Adaptations and accommodations are part of our daily work at Glenoaks. By focusing on the core values of the CAPS curriculum we integrate and differentiate content to suit the learning styles and levels of each learner in each area of learning.

We work on a maximum number of 12 learners per class and place our learners into various streams depending on their holistic needs. Glenoaks offers a Perceptual Class, Grade Classes from Grade 1 to Grade 7 and a Vocational Stream comprising 3 classes. Placement decisions are based on various formal and informal assessment processes and are made as a collaborative team, with you as the parent, your child’s teachers, therapists and heads of department. Similar processes follow when it comes to mainstreaming students, transitioning to high school or deciding on future prospects beyond primary schooling. We hold termly parent feedback meetings and our doors are always open for regular communication with parents.

Glenoaks has been registered with the Department of Education since 1973 and we are accredited by UMALUSI, which is an ongoing process that occurs every few years. We remain at the forefront of teaching excellence by supporting the professional development of staff.

We develop sensitivity to and understanding of different cultures and religions through interaction in an environment characterized by mutual respect, interest and regard for others and the broader community.

As a team, we would like to invite you to visit our school and to experience our unique and nurturing approach to enabling our learners to reach their individual potentials.

Best wishes,
Kerry Caldeira
PRINCIPAL

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