SENCo: Mrs. C. Avary

We value the abilities and achievements of all our pupils, and we are committed to providing the best possible learning environment for each pupil.

Full details are provided in our (SEND) Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy and SEN Information Report

Please also find our Accessibility Plan 

Whitburn Church of England Academy aims to:Inclusion

Ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
Provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the individual’s needs and ability
Ensure the rapid identification of all pupils requiring SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) provision as early as possible
Ensure that SEND pupils take a full part in all academy activities
Ensure that parents of SEND pupils are kept as fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment via regular reports, in line with the academy’s reporting policy
Ensure that SEND pupils are involved in decisions affecting their future SEND provision

We recognise that many pupils will require additional support at some time during their school life. Whilst many factors create such difficulties, we believe that they can be overcome by parents, teachers and pupils working together.

Additional help is sought for individual pupils who may need specialist equipment to enable them to make full use of the curriculum opportunities available to them e.g. the provision of laptop computers, sloping writing tables etc. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are entered for public examinations in the same way as all other pupils in the school and special arrangements are made in accordance with examination board guidelines.

The building has ramped access for wheelchairs, and has been designed to allow for full disabled access. There are two lifts and the specialist classroom in Food Technology has a height adjustable hob.  All other rooms have appropriate facilities to enable them to be used by disabled pupils or adults.

Pupils who arrive with KS2 results indicating a performance at or below level 3 are given additional Literacy and Numeracy work to support their progress during Year 7. Our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) provide assistance to pupils in lessons.  The number of pupils in teaching groups is adjusted such that one group has the fewest pupils and support is usually targeted at that group.

We aim to prepare each pupil to play a full and satisfying role as an adult in our rapidly changing society. Guidance is given to pupils without any restriction with regards to gender, culture, disability or religion.  The academy has considered its curriculum materials, resources, staffing structure and administrative practices so that none of these reinforce unhelpful stereotypes, which could adversely affect the educational or career aspirations of pupils or staff.

Radicalisation & Extremism

South Tyneside Council has produced a leaflet with advice on the safeguarding of young people against radicalisation and extremism.  You can download a copy in PDF format here

South Tyneside Parent Carer Forum

Details can be found here: Parent Carer Forum A5 Flyer