We provide for a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities, divided into four broad areas. We recognise that students often have needs that cut across all of these areas and their needs may change over time:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Sensory and/or physical needs
We are able to offer the following:
- Quality first teaching and learning
- In-class curriculum support
- Small group intervention work
- Individual 1 to 1 work
- Form time and mentoring support
- Study Support at Key Stage 4
- Before school support work
- Break time and Lunchtime social club
- After school support work
Students with medical needs
The Academy is committed to ensuring that students with medical conditions are properly supported in school so that they can:
- play a full and active role in school life
- access and enjoy the same opportunities at school as any other child, including school trips and physical education
- remain healthy and safe
- achieve their academic potential
The Academy supports students with medical needs so that they can participate in all aspects of school life, including school trips.
- If a student has a medical need they will have a Care Plan which is compiled in consultation with parents under the guidance of the school nurse. The plan is discussed with all staff who are involved with the student.
- All staff receive regular medical training delivered by the school nurse team which is either delivered within school or centrally at Queens Hospital.
- Where necessary and in agreement with parents, medicines are administered in school but only with signed parental consent and with medicines in the original packaging.
See our Medical Needs Policy for more details
What support can students receive while taking tests and exams?
We follow the guidelines laid down by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). A student may be eligible for access arrangements (such as extra time, supervised rest breaks or use of a reader) if s/he meets certain pre-defined criteria.
For full information on access arrangements, click on the JCQ website: JCQ
Students who are on the SEND register are automatically assessed to ascertain if they meet the criteria. Other students are nominated by parents or teachers. Only small numbers of students are granted permission to have special consideration for examinations. In this case, parents and students are informed well in advance of the examination.
Students who have had support from the SEND Department have successfully applied to both Sixth Form and local colleges to continue study to post-KS5 (University). We offer careers advice to our students in years 9-11.
- During year 11, the SENCO and her team will support students with SEN with applications for College or apprenticeships. Where necessary, students will be accompanied on visits and supported during this important transition.
- Every Key Stage 4 student has access to careers advice. The SEN team work closely with young people and parents/carers to ensure suitable choices are made.