Clarendon is a day community special school for pupils aged 7-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs (including Autism). There are places for 100 young people, usually in classes of around 12. Our team work together to provide the best education and pastoral care to ensure that Clarendon is a place of learning for everyone. This is achieved through:
- To be a centre of excellence where all pupils are supported and challenged to:
- Achieve their full potential in their academic, social, creative, personal, physical and moral development.
- Grow in confidence and become as independent as possible.
- Make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community, in which they are valued as individuals.
- Our philosophy is that pupils will flourish and achieve their full potential when they are taught:
- In a nurturing, safe and engaging environment.
- With consistently excellent, engaging and progressive teaching and learning opportunities for all.
- A broad and innovative curriculum which enriches the experience of our pupils.
- And provided with opportunities for life-long learning, growing independence and to be valued members of society.
MDS PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) describes a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing the correct quantity and quality of blood cells.
Myelo = Bone Marrow
Dysplastic = strangely shaped or abnormally shaped
MDS are a group of malignant blood disorders and are types of Bone Marrow Failures. Cells that can be affected:
- Red cells (also called erythrocytes) - which carry oxygen to organs and tissues in the body.
- White cells - which collectively fight against infection.
- Platelets (also called thrombocytes) - which prevent us from bruising and bleeding.
One or more of these can be affected by MDS. Many people, newly diagnosed with MDS, have not heard of this disorder before. Some, diagnosed early, do not even feel unwell.
- To provide a networking service through which those newly diagnosed with MDS may share their experience with fellow sufferers.
- To provide a contact help and advice telephone line 5 days/week
- To organise several national patient information meetings with specialist speakers
- To help patients create small regional support group meetings, to meet informally - or organise activities or small presentations.
- To distribute information and raise awareness of MDS to patients, carers and health care professionals across the UK.
- To provide access to a list of UK consultants, specialising in MDS.
- To develop and maintain a website, providing information on MDS. Also direction to other relevant sites.