Special Educational Needs, Difficulties & Disabilities
The school does as much as possible to reasonably identify and support appropriately children who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The school employs two full time Learning Support Teachers who will advise parents as to how the school can help and identify any additional action that should be taken. We will ensure that the lessons are organised in ways which offer the best possible opportunities for full participation for SEND pupils. Requests for special arrangements regarding examinations or assessment procedures do need to be supported by medical or other evidence and it is the parents’ responsibility to make this information available to the school.
We aim to ensure that SEND pupils have equal access to all facilities, for example the provision of information in large print, the use of laptops/tablets and examinations and similar key events conducted on the ground floor.
The school offers support and expertise to help resolve difficulties and promote positive solutions for pupils experiencing barriers to learning. Our Learning Support Teachers (LST) support the class teacher during lessons and may teach children on a one-one basis, in a small group or help with a group in the classroom.
Form Teachers work in conjunction with the LST, who will be responsible for organising Educational Health Care Plans (EHC), where applicable. The EHC outlines targets specific to the child’s difficulties and is reviewed bi-annually when new targets are set.
The SEND Department encourages regular communication with parents and holds meetings to include the parents, form teachers and the Learning Support Coordinator, ensuring an appropriate level of support, information, advice and practical help to the child and parents.
We believe that every pupil should have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards and ensure that all children, irrespective of their ethnicity, culture, religion, language, disability, attainment and ability, age, disability, gender or background, have equality of access to learning. We seek to promote equal opportunity and fair treatment for all, thereby allowing all pupils to achieve the level of success and self-respect to which they are entitled. Pupils will be provided with positive images of race, gender and disability.
The curriculum we offer encourages the pupils to develop positive attitudes about themselves, as well as people who are different from themselves. It encourages them to empathise with others and develop the skills of critical thinking. We recognise that children have different learning styles and make appropriate provision within the curriculum to ensure each child receives the widest possible opportunity to develop their skills and abilities and that the opportunity to play certain roles within activities are shared fairly and equitably among the group.
Children for Whom English is an Additional Language
The school aims to provide a stimulating, safe and happy environment that will enable all pupils to develop their full potential whilst also learning to respect others, their environment and to promote their self-esteem. The school is multi-national and multi-cultural and believes that all pupils should have the same educational opportunities and experiences.