Budehaven ARB


The ARB at Budehaven School is a specialist facility catering for children with an Education, Health and Care plan who have complex or multiple learning needs or disabilities. Some children are primarily educated within the ARB, whilst others spend a larger percentage of their time accessing inclusive, supported provision within mainstream. Application for a placement within the ARB is coordinated by the SEN team at County Hall, Truro. Applications for ARB specialist provision are made by the Primary School SENCo during the Year 5 Annual Review process.


Our Pupils 

We are currently over capacity in our ARB, providing education for sixteen pupils with a variety of complex and multiple needs. Our students include bt are not limited to those with physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum condition, speech, language and communication needs or global developmental and learning delay. All of our pupils are individuals and are treated as such: they have the potential to learn and be successful, and they have a unique contribution to make to the life of Budehaven School and the Special Partnership Trust. The understanding, positive attitudes and encouragement and support of Budehaven’s mainstream pupils towards pupils educated within the ARB is a clear indicator of just how ‘inclusive’ our provision truly is.


Our Curriculum 

Our curriculum is designed to stimulate a love for learning and a passion for ‘finding out’. All our pupils will be encouraged to acquire knowledge and develop skills in both academic and social areas of the curriculum. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that in terms of subject delivery closely follows the National Curriculum; however our curriculum is also tailored to meet the needs of the individuals that learn with us, and as such it is important to emphasise that our curriculum is ever changing and flexible. As well as the academic subjects studied, the student curriculum currently includes life skills, social talk and a range of sensory curricular opportunities. At KS4 students are offered the opportunity to follow accredited courses including Entry Level English, Entry Level Maths and Life and Living Skills. Options are offered for GCSE qualifications in the mainstream where appropriate. Pupils achievements are celebrated regularly and they are clearly proud of what they have learnt. All pupils are encouraged to join in the social life of the school and some attend mainstream tutor groups on a daily basis. Mainstream curriculum opportunities are also offered for those children that can access particular academic areas or who are ready to experience mainstream environments. Within the ARB itself we try to encourage our pupils to be as independent as possible whilst providing a safe, secure environment where pupils can feel confident to explore and develop their learning – and have fun!


Our Facilities 

The ARB is fully wheelchair accessible and is on the ground floor of  Budehaven’s main building. It comprises two large teaching classroom spaces, one with a life skills/kitchen and eating area, a sensory room, a smaller teaching room for withdrawal teaching or individual work stations, a fully disability compliant large shower and toilet space with integrated hoist, office and staff space and a sensory garden/enclosed outside play area with planted areas. Prospective parents are more than welcome to ring for an appointment to come and see our facilities.


Our Parents

Education is a partnership between home and school and we place strong emphasis on communication with the parents of the children within our care. Every child has a Home School communication book that is filled in daily, detailing what your child has studied and other important information for the day. This ensures a very detailed record of communication and allows parents to prompt conversation in the evenings about what their child has done that day. It also serves as a useful tool to pass on important messages between home and school direct to the ARB staff. Parents are always welcome to visit, although it is recommended you make an appointment after school so that we can ensure someone is free to show you around or answer any questions you may have!


Our team

Please see below for details of our staffing team, and find out a bit more about them!

ARB staff also work alongside a variety of outside agency professionals including, but not limited to:

•Occupational Therapy
•Speech and Language support
•Educational Psychologist
•Hearing Support Service
•Autism Spectrum Team
•Vision Support Team
•Paediatric Team

Kat Rowe

Assistant Headteacher/ARB Lead Practitioner


Kat has worked in education since 2006 in a variety of roles including Head of English, SENCo and ARB Manager/Teacher at Brannel before moving into her current role as Assistant Headteacher and ARB Lead Practitioner with the Special Partnership Trust. She gained a BA (First Class Honours) in English and Special Educational Needs through the Open University and a Masters degree with Distinction (MEd) specialising in SEND in 2011. Kat has previously represented Primary and Secondary ARBs in Cornwall as part of the Cornwall Council Liaison group for Specialist Provision and enjoyed the opportunity to further develop her strategic leadership skills. Having a son with significant needs, Kat brings a unique parental as well as professional understanding of the importance of providing quality education for young people with additional needs. Outside of school, Mrs Rowe likes gardening, cooking and crafts.

Cliona Reilly-Hawkins

Teaching Assistant


Cliona is a former student at Budehaven Community School. After leaving Budehaven she went on to study at Petroc College, where she studied Level 3 Health and Social care, achieving 3 A*grades. During her course, she undertook 8 weeks of work experience at Budehaven ARB where she got a feel for her future career. After college, she took a year out and built a self-build campervan with her partner and went travelling around Europe for 3 months. When she returned, she began volunteering in the ARB once a week, and was delighted when a job opportunity arose, to which she was subsequently appointed. Cliona is very much looking forward to her future as part of the team at Budehaven ARB.

Clare Collingham

ARB Teacher


Clare has taught at Budehaven since 2002 teaching Dance, PE and Drama within mainstream, moving into ARB teaching two years ago. Clare graduated in 1992 with a B’Ed in Dance and English/Drama. Her first teaching role in Cornwall was at Bodmin College but she spent her early teaching years as Head of Dance and Drama and teaching English at a number of Kent Schools, developing many cross-curricular strengths including the pastoral skills required for engaging with children with complex needs. Throughout her career Clare has worked with students with a huge range of learning needs – from physical to emotional to behavioural. She has always prioritised inclusivity, and whilst at Budehaven, Clare encouraged ARB students to be involved with dance projects within the school as well as supporting primary colleagues. Clare choreographs for Bude Youth Theatre and is a member of staff at Bude Holiday and After School Club. When not teaching or at her beach hut, in her dreams Clare has homemade bread in the oven, is wearing a floral pinny, whilst tending her immaculate veggie garden and producing beautiful crochet.

Henry Gwynn-Thomas


Henry joined Budehaven in September as the ARB’s HLTA. After doing a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education he went into this industry and became an outdoor instructor working in Cornwall, Dartmoor and Switzerland as well as other places. Seasonal work led him to work with an education agency outside of peak times, and he supported and taught at many SEN schools in Birmingham and Cornwall, including Budehaven ARB. After enjoying his placement there, when an opportunity to work there full time arose, he jumped at the chance. Since moving to Bude in March 2017, Henry has become a passionate surfer as well as captaining Bude Men’s Hockey Team.

Jemma Burke

ARB Teaching Assistant

Jemma joined Budehaven ARB in September 2018 after a number of years volunteering in different schools. She is currently studying for a Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification. Outside of school Jemma keeps fit at an early morning circuit class and has a young family to keep her busy.

Helen Davies

ARB Teaching Assistant

Helen has thirty years’ experience working in Devon and Cornwall schools. Previous to working at Budehaven she worked with adults with challenging behaviour and has a vast portfolio including many courses and self-studies including: bereavement training to support those with complex needs at time of loss; First aid; Team teach; Level 3 Terminal care and Care including peg feeds. At present she is supporting a wide range of children based in the ARB but she has also enjoyed supporting students in mainstream to include teaching small pace groups, English and history. Helen has worked at Budehaven for 12 years after moving from Devon where she worked in small special needs school, accommodating students from nursery to pre-college. Outside of school Helen loves horse riding, walking and her first grandchild.

Fiona Fry

ARB Teaching Assistant

After finishing catering college in Worcester Fiona moved to Bude and became Head Cook at Budehaven rising to Unit Manager for eleven years. The role of unit manager included managing a team of eight, sorting out wages and hours, menu planning, food ordering and liaising with the school as a whole. Fiona left to have her family and in the following years was a full time mum to her four children. When they were old enough she went back to catering at Budehaven and then acquired a job as a T.A at the ARB which she has enjoyed for the last four years. Outside of work Fiona enjoys trying to keep fit, walking the dog and gardening.

Mark Rosser

ARB Teaching Assistant

Mark moved to Bude at the start of summer 2009 when he was 13 and began as a student at Budehaven. After finishing Sixth Form, he took a BTEC Teaching Assistance course at PETROC College where he continued to work in placement at Budehaven ARB. After achieving his diploma in June 2015, he continued to volunteer at the ARB, with his experience leading him to be offered a part time post as a TA in July 2018 Mark prides himself as an understanding and caring individual who is always offering to help. He still has much to learn and hopes to accomplish much more in his future.

Sally Stokes

ARB Teaching Assistant

Sally has recently moved into the Bude area, having worked for Hampshire County Council for 10 years supporting schools with managing their HR and financial functions. More recently Sally working as a Senior Administration Officer at a Primary School in Winchester, Hampshire. Sally joined the ARB in October 2018 as a teaching assistant.
Outside of the ARB, Sally enjoys cooking, keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

Special Partnership Trust,
Registered in England and Wales: Company Number 7724160
Registered Address: Pencalenick School, St Clement, Truro, TR1 1TE
01872 520385 info@specialpartnership.org