Harbour Development Centre

Harbour Development Centre

The Harbour Development Centre Follow the Six Principles of Nurture:

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. The importance of  nurture for the development of wellbeing
  4. Language is a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. The importance of transition is children’s lives

Summary of the Provision 

The Harbour Development Centre (HDC) provides a safe and nurturing environment for students who are displaying attachment related issues. The centre provides a 12 week intense support package, for the family, school and student. 

Students are taught in an environment with a high adult: student ratio, with up to nine students and three adults. Activities and Resources are available that will enhance children’s learning including literacy and numeracy skills. The ethos and environment is therapeutic to enhance children’s developmental, cognitive, social and emotional skills. 

The HDC recognises that all children are at different stages and differentiate the learning to meet the needs of individuals. The curriculum is modified to enable children to engage and achieve at their appropriate developmental level. Through small group work and highly differentiated activities children are supported to develop a resilience and independence to both academic and social situations. Students Literacy and numeracy skills are developed in small group or 1:1 situations to overcome barriers.

Students’ progress is tracked using the government approved bands and steps accordingly, which reflect individual student’s achievements. Social and Emotional development is recorded using the Boxall Profile and the PLT development tool ‘Sleuth’. 

Students maintain their contact with their mainstream provider by attending there one day each week with some support from an Outreach worker from the HDC. Staff from the HDC also provide written feedback each week regarding the child’s progress. Staff including learning mentors, LSA’s and class teachers are encouraged to visit their pupil at the HDC to enhance the link between both settings. 

Individual Support Plan targets and outcomes are agreed with the mainstream school, prior to a student starting at the Harbour. Parents are encouraged to visit before the child starts and targets are discussed then. Parents are also encouraged to visit the centre, so their child has the opportunity to share their progress and successes.   

Any referral to the HDC should be made will full parental consent using the appropriate referral forms and returned to either Tracy Wilson on twilson@victorypark.org.uk or Katie Blight on kblight@victorypark.org.uk.

Harbour Development Centre Staff 

Miss Katie Blight– HDC Manager and Teacher. Accredited Nurture Practitioner
Miss Sam Hill – HDC Teacher. Accredited Nurture Practitioner
Mrs Tess Boyes - HDC Teacher. Accredited Nurture Practitioner
Mrs London – Learning Support Assistant - Level 2 EYFS and Forest Schools level 2 


Key indicators for the HDC include:

  • Improvement in School Attendance
  • Students successful return to full time mainstream education
  • Successful transition to another specialist provision
  • Reduction in exclusions both fixed and permanent  

The staff at the Harbour track pupils who have attended and have successfully completed their transition back into full time mainstream education at their home school. Ongoing Outreach support is offered to students when they return to mainstream.