“..by working in partnership with physiotherapists, you have used additional funding to provide activities to develop those skills needed to improve other areas of pupils’ development such as handwriting, particularly for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). One parent who talked with me could not speak highly enough og the inclusive nature of the school and how every adaptation had been put in place to enable their child to access the full curriculum and make ‘amazing progress’.” (Ofsted July 2019)
Equal Opportunities and Special Needs
The academy is totally committed to equality of opportunity for all its pupils, irrespective of gender, disability, socio-economic background, ethnic or religious background and learning needs. Our building is fully adapted to assist access for pupils with disabilities.
We are an inclusive academy that makes every effort to identify the needs of individual children as early as possible and then is committed to meeting those needs appropriately. This may be done individually or within a small group situation. Special educational needs are a term applied to any child who has specific learning needs, personal or health problems which requires the school to make responses beyond what is normally accessed by the majority of other children. If we consider your child may need extra support the Inclusion Manager – Mrs L Chappell or the SENCo – Mrs C Jones or your child’s class teacher will contact you. Family or health problems, even short term that may affect a child’s learning, should be brought to the attention of the Principal. Confidentiality is assured.
Our aim is to ensure that each child is given the best possible chance of success. Children with Special Educational Needs may be supported in the classroom by their own teacher, by a specialist teacher or a trained Learning Support Assistant using a specific programme of work set for the child. We have the support of the School Psychological Service and other dedicated outside agencies for any child who is experiencing difficulties. If a child is assessed as requiring a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education and Health Care plan, support will be provided to suit his or her specific needs. Parents are consulted and informed at all stages.
Staff also identify children who demonstrate marked ability and skills. Through our programme for the very able and talented, these children are provided with extension activities and opportunities to develop and extend their abilities.
The Principal/ Inclusion Manager together with the SENCo lead the school’s Special Educational Needs provision and can provide additional information for parents if required. The governor responsible for this aspect of the school’s work is Mr Ryan Schofield.
SENCo – Mrs C Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read our SEN Report on the Statutory Information page here.