Who we are

Catherine Fraser-Andrews

Provision Lead

Becky Macehiter

Communication Specialist

Sarah Lowther

Paraeducator

Cocoa and Patches

Support pigs

How will we work with you

At Polaris, we believe that you are important and so we will work with you to help you grow and achieve your goals. We know that things can be challenging, emotions can be difficult and relationships can be hard but we also know that you are able to overcome these difficulties and that you are able to reach your goals and live a fulfilling life.

What we want you to know

We are here for you: Polaris is going to be run in a way which puts all of your needs first. We will never judge you and we will do all we can to help you. Each day will run how you want it to. We won’t tell you what to do or how to do it, that is up to you but whatever you decide, we will support you.

We will listen to you: Our job is not to make you listen to us, our job is to listen to you and find out what you need, what you want or what would make things easier for you. We will provide academic support as well as emotional support and when things get a bit too much, we will be there for you and listen to what you need in that moment. You can talk to us at any point about anything – from school work to friendship issues, from family problems to a chit chat about something you are interested in – we will listen.

We care about you: To us it is simple - you are important. You deserve (and are legally entitled!) to have access to an education which works for you. Whatever works for you, works for us. We will never judge you and we will work with you in a way which puts your needs first, at all times.

There is no pressure: The environment at Polaris will be pressure free. We will never say “you have to do this” or “you should be working like this, not like that” because your education is yours to own! We will never put pressure on you to work in a certain way or to get something done by a certain time because we know that can be really stressful and unfair. What we will do is listen to you and the way you work and respect that at all times.

Our job is to make you feel safe and comfortable and for you to take control of your learning. We will be there to support you, and your family, every step of the way. We work for you and you will always be the most important part of our job.