Admissions

All admissions to Baytree are determined by the Local Authority (LA) following consultation with the school. The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring, to the best of their endeavours, that the provision specified in the Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP) is made available for the pupils placed at the school, from within their delegated budget.
In exceptional circumstances the LA allocates additional resources for specifically identified needs.

Procedure:

  1. The names of pupils are put forward by the LA.
  2. The LA sends copies of the Statement of SEN or Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP) accompanying Appendices (supporting reports) to the school.
  3. The Headteacher discusses the needs and provision with the School Leadership Team.
  4. On behalf of the Governing Body Headteacher makes a decision as to whether the acceptance of the pupil is appropriate.
  5. In the case of dispute the full Governing Body is consulted.

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.

Special Educational Needs Team

Vulnerable Learners’ Service, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ.

Telephone: 01934 888294

The Special Educational Needs Team have information on the North Somerset Council website.

Medication

If your child needs medication in school, you will need to sign a consent form. Download Medical Consent Form.

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.

Illness

Children should not be sent to school if they are unwell. We appreciate that it is sometimes difficult to make a judgement first thing in the morning but would ask parents to be in reach of a telephone if they send their child to school but are unsure about their fitness to attend.

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

Parents are very welcome to bring their children to school themselves if this is practically possible. However, most pupils travel to and from school on transport provided through North Somerset Council.

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.

School Meals

We have a kitchen on site that prepares meals each day. There is a 3 week menu that ensures nationally recognised nutrition guidelines are provided for.

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.

Supporting Parents

As part of the package of changes under the new Children and Families Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms every Local Authority now has a Local Offer of Services to provide information for families.

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

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.

National-Autism-Society

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.

CR-Care

Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers.

CR-Care

Crossroads Care North Somerset is committed to providing high quality help, support, advice and services to carers in North Somerset. We are also dedicated to raising awareness of the issues and needs of carers.

Ofsted

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.

Life-Coach-Directory

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.

Supportive-Parents

Supporting families of children with SEN.

Go-For-Life

This is a Sportarray newsletter/Active Directory – which produces an impairment-specific sports guide in the New Year.

Foundation-For-People-With-Disabilities

To the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Educate-against-hate

Educating against Hate

E-Safety

E-Safety is essentially safeguarding children and young people in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a positive way, and about supporting children and young people to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).

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.

  • Pupils will be taught to question information before accepting it as true.
  • The school will ensure that use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.
  • Pupils will be made aware that the writer of an E-mail or the author of a Web page may not be the person claimed.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.

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

In the first instance we ask that parents/carers raise any concerns with their child’s teacher.

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.