As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, all schools in Redbridge are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they can support children and young people with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND).
Scroll down or click on the headings below to see details of this school's local SEND offer:
- An overview of the school
- Identifying children’s additional needs
- Dedicated contacts at the school
- Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support
- Range of support available my child
- Measuring children’s progress
- Support and training for school staff
- Accessibility of the school
- Starting or changing schools (Transitions)
- Support and training for parents/carers
- Further information for families and practitioners
Woodford County High School is a selective girls' grammar school of approximately 875 students. Students are admitted to the school through the Redbridge administered selection test and generally fall within the upper part of the ability range.
Within the whole school aims, we seek to recognise and develop fully the potential of each student. To achieve this we will encourage personal development and build on prior achievement. We will provide appropriate support, counselling and the resources needed to enable this to happen. All students are entitled to a full and balanced curriculum; at KS3 and 4 there is equal access to the curriculum and enrichment activities for all. All teachers share the responsibility for teaching students with SEN.
The needs and interests of young people are of central importance; the requirements of all students who may have Special Educational Needs either throughout, or at any time during, their school careers must be addressed. Governors have a statutory duty to ensure that proper provision is made. There is a governor who has responsibility for SEND.
How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
The triggers for providing additional help could be the teacher's or others' concern about a student who, despite receiving differentiated learning opportunities:
- makes little or no progress even when teaching approaches are targeted particularly in a student's identified area of weakness
- shows signs of difficulty in developing literacy or mathematics skills that result in poor attainment in some curriculum areas .
- presents persistent emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, which are not ameliorated by the behaviour management techniques usually employed in the school
- has sensory or physical problems, and continues to make little or no progress despite the provision of specialist equipment
- has communication and/or interaction difficulties, and continues to make little or no progress despite the provision of a differentiated curriculum
Information provided to the school by primary transfer methods or parents is another important way that additional support may be triggered.
Parents are kept informed by direct contact with the SENCO and through regular reviews and meetings with any external specialists.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
Parents/carers should contact the SENCO, Ms H. Bickley, who is an Assistant Headteacher.
How will the school involve me as a parent and my child in meeting our SEND needs and in general school life?
- Planning and review meetings
- Advice on how to support learning at home
- Regular contact between home and school, e.g. home/ school book, email or text
- Individual pupil/ teacher conversations
- Mentor, e.g. adult or peer mentoring
What different kinds of support are available to children with SEND?
- Curriculum adaptations/differentiation
- Specific teaching interventions
- Support for behaviour
- Specified individual support
- Support for health needs
- Specific individual support
- Support for communication needs/ assistive technologies
- Work available on MLE, Special exam arrangements
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
Termly reports are sent to parents/carers of all students giving a measure of progress and achievement for each subject.
An annual Parents’ Evening gives an opportunity for all parents/carers to discuss progress and any issues with teachers.
Parents/carers are able to contact the school at any point if they have concerns or require information.
In addition, for pupils with SEND there are regular reviews with the SENCO, external specialists and any other relevant staff.
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
SENCO receives advice and guidance from external specialists.
Subject teachers are briefed by the SENCO and/or external specialists with regard to individual students.
SENCO has attended conferences and meeting with regard to the new SEND arrangements.
Any training required for an individual student is facilitated.
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
Woodford County High School is a Grade II listed building and as such many parts of the main building are only accessible by stairs.
There are disabled toilets in the main building and in the sports hall.
There are no specialist areas for SEND students.
How will the school ensure that my child will be included in all activities at school, after school clubs and on school trips?
Every effort is made to ensure that SEN students are included in all activities. Risk assessments are made and any extra staffing or requirements are provided. Consultation with parents to ensure inclusion is carried out whenever necessary.
How will the school support my child to change classes and/or move on to a new school when they reach the appropriate stage(s)?
Additional career and guidance interviews are provided for students with SEND.
A strong Higher Education programme supports UCAS applications and liaison with university admissions for pupils with SEND takes place where required.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
Individual support as required.
Further information can be found on the school website or by contacting the SENCO directly.