Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At The Holmesdale School we are fully committed to an inclusive approach to education. All students are treated as individuals and guided and supported to reach their personal best.
To support with learning all staff are fully aware of the individual needs of students ensuring that during lessons the work is made accessible for all and objectives are achievable but challenging.
For students where additional support may be required we have a clear assessment process to identify any specific needs and a team of support staff who can deliver short term intervention programmes. Information is received from previous schools during transition and we use this to consider a suitable support pathway for each student relating to identified special educational needs and disabilities.
A new SEND Code of Practice came into effect on the 1st September 2014. Following consultation with parents, students and staff and the governing body, we have updated our policies and procedures in line with the new code and consultation feedback.
The SEND team at The Holmesdale School is led by Kathleen Campbell SENCO and in charge of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Centre. Kathleen has responsibility for ensuring those students with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) at The Holmesdale School get the support and guidance they need in order to access the curriculum and that their needs are reviewed regularly. Our SENCO has Special Educational Needs accreditation.
Within the SEND team, there is a range of expertise and specialisms:
- Mrs Kathleen Campbell is also responsible for the organisation of the Access Arrangements for all public examinations alongside Susan Humphries, Examinations officer.
- Kathleen Campbell has oversight of the 13 support staff, SEND interventions in subject areas. These staff are a blend of Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs), the ultimate line management of these staff is by the Subject Leader/Director of Faculty. Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and managed withing SEN provision. Their responsibility is to ensure that students with SEND make good progress. More LSAs have been appointed to support specific students, including in the 6th form, with statements/Educational Health Care Plans and students within the Specilist Resource Provision.
- The school also has access to an educational psychologist and speech and language therapy.
- The school has a counsellor who comes in weekly.
- Teachers are responsible for the core provision within the classroom, which we call quality first teaching is suited to the new SEND Code of Practice as it provides flexibility and as students’ needs change and new students join the school provision can be identified and additional specialist intervention can be secured through additional funding.
The ASD Centre
This provision opened in September 2015 and provides a blend of mainstream and specialist provision for year 7&8 students with Autism. Students will have a personalised learning timetable which ensures the provision is supportive of their needs but is also as inclusive as possible. The Centre aims to provide a well-managed provision and integration opportunities into mainstream schooling.
Admissions are managed by the Local Authority but parents and carers are very welcome to ring for a visit or to attend one of our Open Days.
Children must have a statement of Special Educational Needs or Educational Health Care plan for the following:
- a high functioning autistic spectrum disorder. There should be no primary behavioural need.
Local offer will make it easier for you to find information about services for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities. Click on the link below to go to the Local offer site.