Additional Educational Needs
We are a very inclusive school and welcome children of all abilities and different needs including children who:
- have special educational needs, medical conditions and disabilities (SEND);
- speak English as an additional language (EAL) including those who are learning English;
- those who have just arrived in the country or the school so need support settling in;
- whose family circumstances make them eligible for free school meals and thus the Pupil Premium (additional funding for the school to help them);
- whose family or personal circumstances create a barrier to their learning so they could be vulnerable to under-achieving e.g. refugees or those with no recourse to public funds, have suffered trauma or a bereavement;
- are ‘in care’ or ‘looked after’ by their local authority (LAC), who are also eligible for the Pupil Premium;
- are able or have exceptional talent or abilities.
In addition to ‘quality first’ teaching and many booster or ‘intervention’ groups which caters for pupils with a wide range of needs, we have excellent systems which help us identify when pupils need extra help and to pinpoint the support. Our outstanding provision ensures all these children make excellent progress so they reach their full potential to ‘be the best they can be’. It helps us ensure they get this help as soon as possible if parents let us know if their child has any additional needs.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
We cater for children with all types of special needs including those who find learning difficult, children with language delays or speech difficulties, children with dyslexia and dyspraxia, children on the Autistic Spectrum (social and communication difficulties), children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and those with disabilities or medical conditions which affect their learning or ability to fully access normal lessons. Please let the teacher or Mrs Rowe, the Inclusion Manager, know if you are worried about your child’s pace of learning and think they may have a special educational need – she can be contacted via the school's telephone number.
We follow the government’s SEND Code of Practice, providing many forms of ‘School Support’ including adapted lessons, support in class, small group work, 1:1 tuition and even 1:1 support for those who have an official Education Health Care Plan where the Local Authority agree to fund the provision. In addition to the many booster and intervention groups we runs, we also offer language groups and programmes, social communication groups and professional counselling. Many other professionals provide us with additional ‘expert’ advice including the school nurse, speech and language therapist, ASD outreach team, STEPs, educational psychologist etc. Most of the school is accessible via ramps and we have a small ‘sensory’ room. For more information please see our SEND Policy and SEND Information and our Accessibility Plan (PDFs).
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
We celebrate our pupils’ ability to speak so many languages and build on this to help them to not only speak English socially, but to learn the vocabulary and English grammar they need to achieve their full potential academically. All lessons are adapted to enable EAL children to learn well. Teaching Assistants across the school are trained to help children develop fluency in English and we offer specific language groups to younger pupils. We also have a specialist who provides specialist help for those who speak very little English.
Children who arrive part way through the year are made welcome and helped to settle in as quickly as possible. We buddy them with other children in the class who show them where to go and what they should do e.g. at lunchtime. Teaching assistants help them settle in class making sure they have the books and resources they need, understand the class rules and routines, and our expectations e.g. how their work should be laid out. Teachers assess their learning so they can organise any extra help they may need to catch-up or to fill in gaps in their learning. We organise regular meetings to explain the British education system to parents new to the country and try to ensure there is someone at the meeting who is familiar with their culture and/or speaks their language.
Able, Gifted and Talented
Lessons are adapted and supplemented with booster classes in some year groups to ensure our higher ability pupils are challenged and stretched so they can achieve well beyond the levels expected for their age. In Year 6, our most able pupils are invited to join the Brilliant Club where they encouraged to aspire to attend the best universities in the country, attend high level tutorials and write a mini-thesis, and visit two top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Pupils also have opportunities to develop particular talents e.g. in sport, music or art, through our after school clubs and links with specialist organisations.
The school’s outstanding support for children eligible for the Pupil Premium, which helps them achieve exceptionally well, has been recognised by Education Ministers who have appointed the Executive Headteacher as a Pupil Premium Reviewer to help other schools improve what they do for disadvantaged pupils.