Special Educational Needs

At Sandy Hill Academy all children are valued, respected and welcomed to our school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

Gifted and Talented

We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, the children with exceptional gifts and talents are identified by members of staff as well as their families. We particularly ask for parental information about talents that may not have been picked up within school, such as sporting talent, artistic talent, cooking or other abilities. It is these skills that make our pupils individuals and we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to shine and also to further develop their skills. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children.

Special Educational Needs

Children with additional needs are identified through a combination of observations of the children as individuals within their classes by our experienced staff, tracking the outcomes of assessments and through discussions with parents. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo) are Mrs Bawden & Mrs Evans. They work with the class teachers and teaching assistants to create programmes of support that meet the needs of the child. If you wish to discuss your child's learning programme, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher in the first instance and then should you require further information please contact our SENCos.

We work with a range of external agencies to provide the best support for all our children. There are too many to list, but they include:

Speech and Language Therapy

Dyslexia Support Service

Hearing Support Service

Social Communication Difficulties Team

Medical Professionals

LOCAL OFFER

The Local Offer aims to help families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by gathering useful information they need to know, in one place, so they can make informed choices about the support they receive.

Our Local Offer describes the provision and guidance that is available for children and young people:

  • with SEND;
  • with or without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of SEN;
Mrs Bawden & Mrs Evans are Sandy Hill's SEND co-coordinators. If you would like to speak with them please contact the office on 01726 75858.