SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OFFER

Woodchurch High School – A Church of England Academy believes that:

All pupils should have full access to the curriculum

Specialist provision and an appropriate level of support should be available to meet individual needs

Pupils with Additional Needs are not the responsibility of one department, but of the entire staff

Early identification of pupils with Additional Needs is essential, beginning with Primary Transition

We believe all our pupils are of equal value and equal worth but some children will have special educational needs at some stage during their time at school. We are proud of the achievements of our pupils with Additional Needs.

Thorough and careful planning ensures a smooth transition from Primary School for all our pupils. Pupils with Additional Needs are identified and information detailing specific needs/difficulties are attached to their transfer documents. For some pupils this is also followed up with additional meetings and visits to the school as part of a transition programme. During their time at Woodchurch High School pupils’ needs continue to be identified and monitored. A referral system is used to identify pupils who are causing concern however it is the responsibility of teaching staff in the first instance to report their concerns to their Head of Department. If required the Head of Department will forward the referral form to the SEND Teaching and Learning Leader and Senior Management for discussion.

When appropriate, external support services and agencies are invited into school in order to give help and support to both staff and pupils. All pupils’ progress is regularly monitored by a number of strategies designed to ensure all pupils reach their maximum potential. Small group tuition is provided in English and Maths during Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Where appropriate pupils may also be offered access to additional intervention sessions. The Parents of all pupils with special needs are invited to contribute to their reviews and parents with a child who has a statement are invited in to discuss their child’s Annual Review and strategies for the future. N.B – In future pupils with statements will be issued with Education Health Care Plans as part of a transition plan organised by the Local Authority.

Provision for Pupils with Asperger's Syndrome

The school has a provision for pupils who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. These pupils experience difficulties in social and communication skills. Our policy is for all our pupils to take part in mainstream lessons, if necessary with the assistance of Support Staff. However, timetables are designed to suit the needs of individuals and can include supported study sessions and small group social skills classes. If on occasions pupils find mainstream lessons difficult they are able to be withdrawn for further individual support and tuition.