SEN Department

Tonia Hallam


Shelia Vann


Angie Slater

Admin Support

Amanda Dainty


Ellen Javed


David Southwell


Lorna Mckelvie


Our School philosophy is:


All members of staff, in conjunction with the authorities, (Governing Body and Local Authority) have a responsibility to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to attain their maximum potential in all aspects of the curriculum.  Students are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum (incorporating personalised provision), and their relative progress will be recorded, valued and reviewed.

(Taken from SEN Policy)


How are your childs needs identified

New intake students in year 7.

a)Primary Liaison

Feeder primary schools are contacted and visited prior to transfer.  Any student who has an “learning difficulty” who are SEN Support or have an EHCP is referred to the SENCO.  The SENCO then visits the schools and the students and where possible parents.

In the spring of Year 6 the LA will notify the school about which students are coming to us with an ECHP.  Where practicable the SENCO attends their Annual Review to ensure a smooth transition is made.

Pupils are also offered  a place on our Pyramid Programme, where in the summer term they attend school once a week for approximately 6 weeks.  During this time they are shown around, meet other students who are coming and students who are already attending the school.

b)Initial Screening

  • Ks2 tests.
  • Reading, spelling, comprehension tests.
  • Cat Tests.
  • Boxall Profile – helps to identify children’s developmental needs and the level of skill they possess to help access learning.

Screening in other year groups

Testing is based on identified concerns/issues.  School is  able to use a range of nationally recognised tests that allow us to identify specific needs in handwriting, spelling, reading, comprehension and SpLd- Lucid Rapid. 

Access Arrangement Testing

Access arrangement are agreed before an assessment.  They allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities;

  • Access the assessment
  • Show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment. (JCQ Regulations – Adjustments for candidates with disabilities and learning difficulties, 2014-2015)

In school we carry out all the nationally recognised tests for students with SEND, that are needed to be used as evidence for an arrangement to be applied to an assessment. 

      Staff observation

  • Members of staff consult with the SENCO using the referral form, which allows the SENCO to see what has already been done by the class teacher.  Evidence of the concern needs to be produced by the class teacher prior to any testing/additional intervention being undertaken.
  • The SENCO may then ask for further testing by other professionals.

Referrals by parents or carers

  • As a parent if you have any concerns about your child’s ability to access the curriculum, you can contact me at school via telephone or please use our Drop In Service.  We will then gather information about your child, using screening tests, seeking specialist advice and if necessary Educational Psychologist reports.  As parents you do not need to seek private assessments.    Once information is gathered the process is the same as for staff referrals.    


SEN Drop In

Thursday 3.10 – 4:15pm

You will be able to speak to Mrs Vann or Mrs Hallam

10 minute sessions - no appointment necessary.


Graduated Approach

This is used for students identified as having SEN/D.  Provision is identified and managed by the SENCO and Inclusion coordinators in English and Maths, and is planned and delivered by teaching and support staff.



Key stage 3

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum where high quality teaching is at the forefront of meeting your child’s needs.   If your child fails to make progress then we will use the graduated approach and look at what interventions may be needed for your child to improve and make progress.  These interventions at first may be short term, depending on progress or they may be longer term.  We may need to use Specialist teachers and outside agencies to ensure the student makes expected progress

Key stage 4

Students and parents are helped through the options process in Year 9  to ensure their student selects the appropriate curriculum for them,   a curriculum that allows them to progress to further education (sixth form/College) or work based training (Apprentiships).

At LSA we want students to achieve their full potential and are aware for some students this means following a different curriculum pathway.


LSA’s Foundation Learning Programme (FLP)

LSA Technology and Performing Arts College offers a Foundation Learning Programme known as “Step Up”.


Step Up offers students in KS4 a personalised learning programme which includes functional skills qualifications in Maths, English and IT and vocational qualifications, in addition to their subject options. The qualifications are offered at Entry Levels 1 – 3 and Level 1 which, depending on the subject, can be achieved at Award, Certificate or Diploma. The aim is for the students to progress to further learning, apprenticeships and ultimately employment.


Students requiring Step Up will be identified at various stages during KS3, and definitely prior to transition to KS4. Identification will be made using a range of criteria such as those not ready to undertake Level 2 study in Maths and/or English, those with specific learning needs, college recommendation and, most importantly, the students themselves. Provision will be evaluated on a regular basis to ensure their needs are being met.


The following will be included in the Programme:

  • Functional skills in Maths, English and IT.
  • Princes Trust Employability Course – Core units to be covered, Career planning, Work experience and optional units are Participating in Sport, Supporting others in the community and Personal Project.  These qualifications are also done from Entry level 1 to Level 1.
  • Students then opt for 2 other courses at GCSE level, options chosen by students include:
  • PE
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Resistant Materials
  • Art
  • Food Tech
  • Geography
  • IT
  • Drama

In addition students will undertake studies in Science, RS and core PE.  Students will also be given a number of careers opportunities including visits to Further Education Establishments, guest speakers and specific work experience.

 SEN and Disability Local Offer: Secondary Settings

 Summer 2015 Newsletter