At Chantry High School, pupils with special educational needs are those who have some learning, emotional, behavioural or physical needs which require special provision to be made for them.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator leads a team of specialist staff and is responsible for co-ordinating the provision for all children with special needs, providing additional help where appropriate.
We have developed strong links with our primary schools and regular liaison takes place to ensure that we are aware of pupils’ individual needs on transfer. This includes a Transitional Support Assistant who works with children in Year 6 and here in Year 7.
The Special Education Needs Co-ordinator is also involved in regular liaison with external agencies including the Educational Psychology Service, Advisory Teachers, Medical and Social Services regarding pupil support.
The progress of pupils is regularly assessed and the school has developed a variety of arrangements for reviewing pupils’ progress. In the case of pupils who are subject to a statement of Special Educational Needs a review of progress will be held at least annually. For pupils on the Special Needs Register, regular reviews are held with pupils and parents.
Provision for the Disabled
The school aims to make provision for pupils with a wide range of Special Educational Needs, including physical disabilities.The school has limited ramped access and the architecture of the two main teaching blocks of the school restricts access to anyone with a motor disability. Thus the provision of certain subjects, such as Geography, English, Modern Languages and some Science is restricted and may affect pupils’ entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
There are toilets for the disabled in the Sports Centre, Conference Area and Main Block.
Able, Gifted and Talented
Students are identified as being Able, Gifted and Talented on arrival into the school, and their names are placed on our Able, Gifted and Talented register. This register is updated annually, and parents are informed of their child’s abilities. They are also provided with guidance as to how they can support their child at home.
We encourage parents who feel their child may have a talent that has not been recognised in school to discuss the matter with their child’s tutor at any time. Provision for Able, Gifted and Talented students in school includes a full range of differentiation in lessons, workshops for Able, Gifted and Talented students, after school opportunities, support groups and cross-curricular targeted events.
Students will have personalised targets and these will be monitored by subject staff and tutors. Parents are encouraged to work with both their child and the tutor to ensure that their child is enjoying the school experience, and also feels challenged and inspired by the specialist curriculum provided. Parents of Gifted students will be invited to information evenings which will give details on how to help a Gifted child.