Abbeywood Community School

SEND - Getting help in school

How will the school know if my child has a SEND?

As part of our whole school approach to ensure all students make the best possible progress they can, we identify your child’s needs through: talking with you the parent, talking with students, data analysis, reading and spelling tests, phonic screening, analysis of SAT data for year 6 transition, teacher feedback and referral where concerns regarding progress are highlighted as well as observations of students in the classroom.  Other external agencies working with students may pass information onto the school directly      

What should I do if I think my child has SEND?

Firstly, please don’t panic!  We are here to help and reassure you. In school we have a wide range of needs and students often have strengths and areas of weakness and this is normal

Helping students to feel successful as learners and recognise their own profile as a learner sits at the heart of school ethos. It is important not to attach a label to a young person which may impact on their self-esteem and motivation to learn.

 If you have a concern you can raise this with your child’s tutor or individual teachers either  during our regular parent consultation sessions or by contacting the teachers directly. 

How will ACS communicate to all staff that my child has SEND or a disability and the support that he or she will need?

Passports are in place for all students with an EHCP and for those students on the Record of Need who require a more bespoke approach to ensure that their individual needs can be supported in the classroom.

How will ACS staff support my child’s SEND?

Our first priority at ACS is quality first teaching and learning. This means the effective inclusion of all students in high quality everyday personalised teaching.   Teaching staff have a duty to plan for the needs of all learners.  This includes ensuring that additional adults are used effectively. If your child has an identified special educational need or disability, he/she will be entitled to additional support with learning. This may be provided in the form of small group teaching, SEN specialist teachers, additional adults in the classroom and intervention groups to boost progress as well as social and emotional aspects of learning.

Abbeywood Community School is committed to inclusion and all of our students have access to the full curriculum. All teaching staff are responsible for ensuring that lessons are appropriately  differentiated and therefore fully accessible for all students.

How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?

  • All students have access to the full curriculum, enrichment programme and school trips.
  • For students with specific medical or physical needs, a full risk assessment is completed and the school will work in partnership with parents/carers and students to plan all aspects of the trip.

How accessible is ACS school?

  • ACS was built in 2010 in compliance with European Disability Guidelines  and is therefore:
    • Fully wheelchair accessible
    • Fitted with disabled toilets and changing areas. 
    • Fitted with a designated OT room, in the Inclusion Suite, which has a hoist and swing to enable a range of therapies
    • Fitted with a lift
  • ACS benefits from a number of designated disabled parking spaces directly outside the main entrance.  These are allocated to students and staff with mobility needs.
  • Any specific equipment required by students with physical and/or sensory needs will be stored securely in the Inclusion Centre.
  • A full Disability Accessibility Policy is available for fuller information (see Policy page on our website)