If your child is transferring to Droylsden and already has special educational need, your primary school will inform the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Droylsden Academy. These children form the majority of SEND students at the school.
There is planning between the schools and with parents/carers in Year 6 to support the student’s move from primary to secondary school.
On entry to the school, all students are screened on key cognitive skills, language skills and certain core academic skills. This system can pick up potential difficulties at the earliest stage.
Some children do well at primary school but find the transition to secondary education more difficult. The teachers are highly alert so that such areas of need are spotted early and referred to the Pastoral or Learning Support team so that supported can be coordinated promptly.
The school listens to parents. Sometimes, the first signs of difficulty are picked up through conversation at home so parents are always welcome to contact the school to talk about concerns.
If you are concerned about your child’s abilities, the school will listen to your concerns, discuss them with you and agree on a plan that might only need light monitoring or might require assessment by specialist staff or external agencies.
You can contact the school by phone, letter, or e-mail (please see contact details on the homepage of the school website).
It will be OK to contact the school through a family friend or professional translator if you feel more comfortable using a language other than English
If your child is still at primary school, talk to your child’s teacher there who can help you look at any issues and make links with Droylsden Academy to help prepare for the next year.
The school will always contact you to let you know if we are proposing to offer your child support that is additional to or different from what is already in place for all mainstream students.
Parent consultation evenings are opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs and to find out about support options.
Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor at any time to discuss particular concerns as they arise.
Your child will have identified needs and an education plan in place from the time they start at Droylsden Academy. Their support will be individualised according to the level of need.
In addition to Parents evening, Wave 3/EHCP students will be invited to an Annual Review of their progress and needs. This comes in the form of a specially arranged face to face meeting between parents and staff. During this meeting, students, parents and staff have the chance to express their views about the progress being made and the provision they are receiving at school.
An EHCP is a legal document that identifies a child’s SEN needs and focusses on the support required to meet agreed outcomes. The key difference between a statement of SEN and EHCPs is that, as well as the educational elements covered in statements, EHCPs also outline the child’s health and social care needs, outcomes and support
It is vital that all students in our school feel valued, cared for, confident and supported.
Staff providing additional support to students with special educational needs automatically include: