Waldegrave Specialist Provision (Waldegrave School)

The Learning Space

Headteacher: Mrs P Nunn

Teacher with responsibility for the provision: Mrs J Goddard

Designation: Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) / Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

Age range: 11 to 16 girls only

Aims and Purpose of the Provision

The aims and purpose of the Waldegrave School provision are to:

  • Provide students with specialist teaching targeted at those with SLCN needs;
  • Provide a structured, supportive environment where students can feel secure, develop confidence and achieve their full potential;
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum using a wide range of teaching methods and styles, to meet the needs of named students;
  • Provide opportunities to develop independence and social skills;
  • Enable students to be included in mainstream lessons and extra curricula activities wherever possible; and
  • Work in partnership with parents and outside agencies.

Provision, staffing and facilities

Waldegrave School provides an ‘enhanced specialist teaching provision’ for a total of six students with statements of special educational needs who have SLCN. The 6 places are spread throughout KS 3 and 4. The ‘enhanced specialist teaching provision’ consists of a designated resource area in the school with additional specialist staff. It is the aim that students spend most of their time in mainstream classes with additional support, but there is the facility to withdraw to the area for intensive work. Speech and language therapy may be available.

The staff consists of a full-time teacher and a full time learning support assistant.

Entry criteria

The provision is for students whose primary need is SLCN/ASC.  The students are referred to the school by the special educational needs panel of the local authority and must have a statement of special educational needs. Occasionally a student may be admitted on an assessment basis in accordance with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Identifying and reviewing needs

All students have equal access to resources available within the school and specialist provision. The student’s needs are initially identified through the formal statutory assessment procedure and are recorded in their statement. Over the first few weeks in the provision, the students are observed and assessed in a variety of formal and informal ways. An individual education plan (IEP) is then drawn up as appropriate, with the student involved in identifying their own targets. These targets are shared with staff and parents and are renewed on a regular basis. New targets are set once old ones have been achieved.

A meeting is held with parents once a term to review progress and discuss and share new targets. There is an annual review where everyone involved with the student is invited to attend and contribute a report. Parents are sent a questionnaire to complete in advance of the meeting. More regular reviews are held if it is considered necessary.

Access to a broad and balanced curriculum

The students follow a broad curriculum which meets the requirements of the Key Stage 3 and 4 national curriculum at an appropriate level. The curriculum is flexible and is adapted to meet the needs of individual students.

Home-school links

Positive home and school partnerships are vital and parents are actively encouraged to be involved with their children’s education. Termly meetings are held to discuss the students’ progress and to set new targets. Once a year, a more formal annual review is held. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss any concerns they may have. All the students have a home-school diary that can be used to share information on a daily basis.

The students can take home homework as per school policy but there is provision in school to complete homework until 4pm each day.

Links beyond the school

The staff liaise with a range of services and other professionals as appropriate for individual students. These include the Educational Psychology Service and other agencies appropriate to the students’ needs.

Links with mainstream classes

The students are in tutor groups and are fully included in the life and activities of the mainstream school. They take part in all school events and activities. They have the same access to the school’s facilities and resources as all other students.

Behaviour Policy

Students will broadly follow the school’s behaviour policy.

Transition to the next stage of education

All students have a transition review from Year 9 onwards. The provision works in partnership with the Connexions Service and colleagues to plan students’ transition into further education, training or work.

Waldegrave School Specialist Provision

Fifth Cross Road

Telephone: 020 8894 3244
Fax: 020 8893 3670
Email: info@waldegrave.org.uk

Updated: 4 July 2013