Special Educational Needs
At Alderwood 4-16 School we ensure that all children are valued equally, regardless of their ability and/or social, emotional or behavioural needs. The school recognises that all children
are entitled to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet their individual needs. We support the vulnerable pupils in the school in partnership with their parents/carers, and working alongside the whole school staff to enable them to achieve their best in becoming more confident and independent learners. To “be the best they can be”. We highly value the contribution that parents can make to this process, and welcome parents into the school to discuss the needs of their children. Alderwood School has one Asst Head/Head of Inclusion 4-16 across all 3 sites, which enables smooth transition for children moving on, all the way from pre-school to further education. We also have an Asst Senco on each site who is available to support children, staff and parents.
The Head of Inclusion/Asst Sencos are responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring SEN provision from 4-16, and they manage the learning support according to the individual needs of the children. They regularly liaise with a number of external agencies, including speech & language therapists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, etc. The Head of Inclusion is also responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring support for children with English as an Additional Language 4-16, as well as being a Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, and one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at each school.
The Asst Head/Head of Inclusion 4-16 is Tracy Kempton, and appointments can be made to see her through the school offices. The Asst Senco at the Infant site is Lisa Price, at the Junior site is Kath Sherrington, and the Senior site is Marion Blythe.
Implementation of the SEN Policy/SEN Information Report
The governors review the SEN policy on a regular basis, and meet with the Asst Head/Head of Inclusion to monitor and review provision. The SEN Governor is James Scarlett. The SEN policy is being effectively implemented and this has led to children with SEN progressing well in school, and achieving their full potential.
Teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) continue to be dedicated to supporting the specific needs of the children in their care. All adults supporting the children are extremely positive and flexible in their approach to supporting the children in the very best way they can. Staff have welcomed advice and support from external agencies to improve their provision for the children.
For more information, please refer to the following policies on the schools website –