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 SEND Team
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Dunford. Our specialist literacy teacher and Deputy SENCO is Mrs Marlow who is a specialist teacher and assessor for SpLD - Dyslexia (AMBDA and APC Accredited).
We have a wonderful team of 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 a handful of students who need that extra regular contact with home. A number of our TAs are trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants and we have many undertaking Thrive training. We have one HLTA with a qualification in delivering Speech and Language Therapy.
Assess, Plan, Do, Review
We operate a system of “Assess, Plan, Do, Review” when designing provision for our children and young people with SEND at Kingdown School. Mrs Marlow is our SEN Assessor, she is qualified to assess for A level and GCSE exam access arrangements.
Mrs Marlow 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 we involve parents in the creating of profiles so that we have the full picture on how best to support students in school.
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.
Working with Wiltshire Council
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.
Who to contact
If you have any questions about SEND, please contact Mrs Dunford, SENCO