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
The aims and purpose of the Waldegrave School provision are to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will broadly follow the school’s behaviour policy.
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.
Fifth Cross Road
Telephone: 020 8894 3244
Fax: 020 8893 3670
Updated: 4 July 2013