SEND at Orchard Vale

Here at Orchard Vale we aspire to create a school community where everyone feels a sense of belonging and worth. We recognise that our pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity.

No matter what our pupil’s needs or abilities are, we believe inclusion is about equal opportunities. We as a school endeavour to remove the barriers of learning for the children in our care and help them to reach their full potential.

From special educational needs, impairments, to children whose first language is not English, we promote the growth of their development through our staffing policies, relationships with parents/carers, topic based curriculum and resources throughout the school.

Our school is equipped with a fully functional lift that goes to all floors of the school building, wide halls and spacious classrooms allowing room for equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames, 2 disabled toilets located in easily accessible places and a large reception area with security door to give straightforward access to the building.

* SEND Policy is awaiting review by Ventrus Directors. 
* All documents have been reviewed January 2017 by the SEN Governor, Paul Cooper, and SEND Co-ordinator, Caroline Harding.

At Orchard Vale we offer a broad and varied curriculum that regardless of academic ability or background that supports all children in their learning journey to accomplish tasks and reach goals.

We believe that our curriculum design is best taught through a topic based approach. We allow our pupils to immerse themselves in the stimulating topic choices while taking into consideration the individual learning needs to each and every child.


How does Orchard Vale support pupils who require additional help?
 
At Orchard Vale we look at the needs of all our pupils.
 
This may mean a child is placed on the Special Needs Register. This involves working out an individual education plan (IEP), which is written by their class teacher, with clear and achievable targets to enable the child to flourish. 
 
In addition to this they will receive supported learning, which is additional to their class work, from an experienced member of our support staff either through group work or a 1:1 basis.
 
Our Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will oversee the child’s progress and help to assess the best way to support their learning progression.
 
Children remain on the register for different amounts of time with the aim that our supported learning pupils prosper and attain the best result they can.