Forest Town School

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venue New Forest Road
Forest Town Johannesburg
age From 6 years - 18 years old

School for children with celebral palsy, disabilities, learning difficulties, ADD and epilepsy

At Forest Town School we help all children reach for the skies.
We believe that everyone on life’s journey deserves to live the richest possible life.

Forest Town School was established in 1948 by a small group of parents who needed education, care and treatment for their children with cerebral palsy. Today, the school caters for learners with a wide variety of special educational needs. Some of the disabilities and difficulties that are catered for are: cerebral palsy, disability and difficulties caused by head injuries, learning difficulties ranging from mild to severe, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and epilepsy. The school motto is Arise.

Grade R

Children are admitted to the Grade R programme from the age of four and a half years old. We have a ‘whole child approach’ where we focus on the social,
emotional, physical and cognitive aspects of development. We follow the national curriculum which is modified and adapted to accommodate the various needs of our learners. Play is an integral part of learning and is incorporated into the curriculum. We have a hands on approach to learning in order to meet the child at his or her developmental level.

Foundation phase & junior department

We have one class each in Grades 1, 2 and 3. In Foundation Phase we follow the RNCS (Revised National Curriculum Statement) as in mainstream schools, and we adapt it as required for the varied needs of our learners. We keep abreast of the latest developments concerning curriculum by attending courses run by the GDE and other agencies. We have support meetings with the therapists and Psychology department so that we are all working as a team to support the learner. Parents are kept informed about the progress of their child.

The Junior Modified programme caters for juniors with barriers to learning. We provide additional intervention and support, in order for them to succeed and maximise their potential. The CAPS curriculum is adapted and an individual learning programme is created for each learner. A skills based programme is integrated into the English (HL), Mathematics and Life skills learning areas, which allows each learner to develop the skills necessary for personal and academic development.

Senior modified department

Children are propelled into the future-together we can make a difference. Initiated in 2010, the skills-based project is geared to cater for the needs of learners
that are in the Senior Modified Phase from ages ranging 12 to 18. This programme consists of a team leader and 5 teachers,4 occupational therapists, 4 speech therapists and 3 physiotherapists. The aim of this project is to create confident learners who will be part of a protected working environment, ensuring that the developmental needs are met.
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