Whitehouse started off as a mainstream primary in 1978, but following the closure of Summerhouse, a school for pupils with physical difficulties, in 1987, staff and pupils transferred to Whitehouse. This was the start of our journey towards the school we are today; a school recognised for the inclusion of its whole community.
We are very proud of the fact that all pupils take part in every aspect of school life including residential and day educational visits, Christmas Productions and a Summer Show, musical as well as numerous sporting events.
At Whitehouse we are always keen to embrace any new initiatives and technology; this is why ICT is particularly at the forefront of our agenda for inclusion. Many of our children with additional needs depend on ICT to support their curriculum access. All teaching areas have interactive whiteboards. We have an ICT suite and three trolleys of laptops, including 15 AppleMacs. Pupils with recording difficulties have access to laptops and I-Pads.
A Soundfield system has also been installed throughout the school. In other schools Soundfield is mainly used with pupils with hearing impairments as it provides better classroom acoustics, however at Whitehouse we have found that all our children benefit from having better sound clarity, something also supported by research in this area.