The following criteria are used:
(i) Severe Learning Difficulties and/or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties is specified as the main need in Part 2 of the Statement of SEN or in the ECHP(ii) Individual needs reflected in the Statement/ECHP can be met through provision/professional expertise/resources currently available.
(iii) Where there are exceptional circumstances an additional allocation of resources, e.g. for staffing, specialised furniture or equipment, is made available from the LA.
(iv) The needs of the pupil concerned are compatible with the interests of other pupils already in the school.
Our school Healthcare Team are responsible for meeting the medical needs of the children in school with the support of the Primary Care Trust. They are able to administer any medication your child needs throughout the school day after a care plan has been drawn up by a parent/carer. Any medication brought into school must be signed over to a member of staff by a parent/carer or transport escort and must NOT be brought into school in your child’s bag. The care plan and medication forms are available in school or on our school website Medication Information Form. Please provide clear instructions for use of medication on form or in child’s school diary.
On admission, parents are asked to provide at least two contact numbers in case we need to reach them during the day. It is helpful if any changes to these are notified promptly. If a child should have an accident during the school day, we notify parents as soon as possible and advise of the child’s condition. Where a hospital check is felt necessary, parents are asked either to come and take their child or to meet school staff at the hospital, depending on the nature of any injury. Our school Nurse will usually advise the Headteacher about a child’s fitness to attend school and is most likely to make contact with parents over these issues.
If your child suffers from an episode of sickness or diarrhoea they must not return to school for at least 48 hours after the last episode. Please note that in line with Health Protection Guidance, your child will not be able to swim or have hydrotherapy for two weeks following an episode of diarrhoea.
Transport arrangements are supervised centrally by North Somerset staff who are responsible for placing the contracts with transport companies. Many different vehicles are used and each has an escort who accompanies the pupils to school. Escorts and drivers are not allowed to make any changes in route without the authority of the transport section at North Somerset. If you wish to make arrangements for your child to travel to or from a different location (eg to respite care) please give confirmation at least 4 days before by contacting the school transport section.
North Somerset School Transport Team 01934 434715.
There is a choice of main meal and deserts which always include fresh fruit. The kitchen caters for medical and religious dietary needs of all pupils. Prices for meals are available from the school office. Meals can be purchased individually or paid weekly or termly in advance. If preferred, parents/carers may send in a packed lunch for their child. Free school meals are available for those pupils who qualify under the usual terms. Apply for Free School Meals. Members of the class teams support pupils during meal times and pupils are encouraged to eat a balanced meal and develop independence. The school is also able to manage tube feeding where this is prescribed.
View North Somerset Local Offer here. New information is being added regularly.
The SEND reforms also made amendments to the statutory assessment process and the way in which families and the Local Authority work together. The following links relate to these and other changes:
Visit Supportive Parents | Supportive Parents Guide | Visit kids.org | Education Health & Care Needs Guide | Transfer review Guide | SEND Reforms Newsletter | North Somerset Local Offer | Contact A Family | MENCAP Parents Guide | MENCAP Young Peoples Guide
Bibic is a national charity offering practical help to families caring for children with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, brain injury, and specific learning difficulties like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. We specialise in understanding the causes of challenging behaviour and can even offer support if your child has not been diagnosed with a condition.
The North Somerset Branch of the National Autistic Society works to provide information and support to individuals and their families.
It is believed that, although there is no ‘cure’ for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, people who are affected by them, can be helped to adjust to the world around them. By doing so, both the individuals and the community can benefit from the unique perspectives and abilities that people living on the Autistic Spectrum have to offer.
Life Coach Directory was set up in order to raise awareness of coaching and to enable visitors to find the most suitable qualified coach for their needs. Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from career advice to familly coaching.
E-Safety encompasses not only internet technologies, but also other means of electronic communications, such as mobile phones, games consoles and wireless gadgets. There has been an increasing convergence of technologies over recent years, for example, MP3 players and electronic readers that can access the internet, and mobile phones and hand held devices that can take photos, play games, access the internet and play music.
This school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. The Internet is part of the statutory curriculum and an entitlement for pupils as part of their learning experience. It is used in this school to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement and as a necessary tool for staff to support their professional work. The Internet also enhances the school’s management information and business administration systems.
However, in common with other media such as magazines, books and videos, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for pupils. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor North Somerset Council can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
complaints concern matters including the curriculum, religious education, the school’s provision of information the procedures provide for complaints to be directed initially to the Headteacher for an attempt to resolve them informally. If this fails, there is then a formal appeals procedure for parents/carers to follow.