SAFE, HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL
Special Educational Needs Department
About the SEND Department
We provide every possible opportunity for each individual young person to be safe, happy and successful. We aim to offer excellence and choice to all young people. We have high expectations at Winterton Community Academy and we want the best possible outcomes for all students. A flexible approach is taken to meeting a student’s needs on an individual basis.
We believe in recognising all achievements, both academic and beyond, providing an inclusive learning environment which meets the needs of all our young people.
The Inclusion facility within school comprises the Junction and the Student Support Centre / Hub. This facility is used to support students who, for a variety of reasons are not in their lessons because for example, they need a modified timetable, specialist provision, sensory breaks, extra pastoral support, rest breaks etc. We assess all year 7 and newcomers to ensure their needs are catered for. CAT testing and literacy levels are assessed using the GL Assessment program. In addition to this, dyslexia and dyscalculia screeners are completed by all Year 7 pupils during the first few weeks of the Autumn term. We provide appropriate curricular and extra-curricular provision and support, tailored to each young person’s needs. Our dedicated team are approachable, nuturing and apply their wealth of knowledge and experience to the whole range of special need issues, including:
- Communication and interaction, including ASD and speech, language and communication needs
- Cognition and learning, including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
- Social, emotional and mental health, including ADHD
- Sensory and /or physical including visual and hearing
The SEND and wider Inclusion teams provide a caring support network for our young people and their families. We adopt a positive approach, identifying strengths as well as difficulties and believe that the young person is central to the decision making that affects them. Our strength is in providing bespoke support programmes and intervention sessions as well as a Sanctuary for lunchtime. Two members of the learning mentor team are trained ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) and work with students on a weekly basis. Three members of staff have completed THRIVE training and this is being extended to additional staff moving forward. We work closely with a range of outside agencies, (ASET, SALT, HSS, OT, Visual Support Team, Hearing Impairment Service, Care Support Service, Educational Psychology, Time Out Drum Therapy, With Me In Mind (WMIM) providing further expertise to support our pupils.
Meet the Team
Miss Emma Forman – SENCO: As Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator, I aim to ensure that as a school we provide the best possible support to aid the learning and development of all our students. This involves working with other staff, outside agencies and families. I am responsible for providing the information needed by classroom teachers in order to equip them to meet individual needs through quality first teaching.
I also endeavour to make the transition process between our feeder primary schools and further education colleges as smooth as possible for all our young people with SEND. I am passionate about working with young people and enabling them to overcome their difficulties and become confident, independent adults. I am also the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. Please feel free to contact me either by telephone or email if there is anything you would like to discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year group has a Learning Mentor assigned to it:
- Miss Lisa Windle – Year 7
- Mrs Beverley Thompson – Year 8
- Miss Claire Cummings – Year 9
- Mrs Racheal Tomlinson – Year 10
- Mrs Dawn Bishop – Year 11
- Mrs Stacey Ricketts – Inclusion Mentor – based in the Junction
- Miss Hannah Rhymer-Newbould – Attendance Inclusion Officer
- Mrs Karen Walton – Inclusion Officer