The progress of students at Kingdown with SEND is a high priority. We offer a wide range of interventions to support students identified as having additional needs. For more information on this see our school SEND Information Report or our Curriculum Support page.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Dunford. Our specialist literacy teacher is Mrs Rees who also holds a qualification in the teaching of dyslexic children. Our specialist numeracy teacher is Mrs Bale. We have an Inclusion Manager, Mrs Gardiner.
There are 16 Teaching Assistants working within the school. Some work exclusively delivering intervention and in monitoring roles, others work directly in the classroom supporting the teacher. This can include small group work as well as supporting individuals with specific tasks. Some TAs also work within our alternative provision routeways. Most TAs are keyworkers to two or three students who need that extra regular contact with home. Three of our TAs are trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants and six have completed Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification. Two have a qualification in delivering Speech and Language Therapy.
We operate a system of “Assess, Plan, Do, Review” when designing provision for our children and young people with SEND at Kingdown School. We have a specialist SEN Assessor on the team, Mrs Keenan. She is qualified to assess for A level and GCSE exam access arrangements and dyslexia. Mrs Keenan and other members of the team also carry out a number of other assessments in order that we can identify a student’s needs as accurately as possible. This enables us to personalise our planning for individuals.
Learner Profiles are written by our students to guide those people working with them as how to best meet their needs. These take the form of a One-Page Profile and are a snapshot of the student. Individual students can design their profile in a style of their choosing. These are available for all staff and are sent home to parents.
We also keep a range of relevant information about students in order that we can be well-informed to meet a child or young person’s needs. This is all held securely and is not accessible to anyone without the express permission of the school and/or parents and carers where appropriate.
Despite our status as an Academy, Kingdown School works closely with the SEND team at Wiltshire Council. We liaise with the Specialist SEN Service, the Educational Psychology Service and the Speech and Language Therapy Service. In addition, we have very positive working relationships with three SEND lead workers who are linked to our students who have more complex needs.
Should you wish to contact our SENCO, Mrs Dunford, please email firstname.lastname@example.org