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29/07/19

Retweeted From The Food Teacher™

Great to see and in this week talking With 4000 children across the country taking part this year why not sign up your school/class? https://t.co/RI4SKCnDry

20/07/19

What a lovely end of year surprise show that Ladybird Class, planned independently! https://t.co/fsIwThGJ5F

18/07/19

Harpenden Academy at the Saracens Sport Foundation Tag Festival today! https://t.co/rbTNDWi4lP

16/07/19

Beautiful Year Six bike ride to Redbourn this morning https://t.co/dESDu7BiP9

15/07/19

Final Young Chefs photo https://t.co/hiuVpDiKhw

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/wQjsNJnRce

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/jVUW0BNA4I

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/2mnTyuXXye

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/tCIQqHBtHK

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/ozaFlbTejW

15/07/19

A mouthwatering start to the week in Year Six with our children presenting their three course meals, planned and themed for their hero. Ian literally blown away by our Young Chefs culinary skills and creativity! https://t.co/IldcmDiO2B

12/07/19

Our school disco is in full swing! KS2 next! Well done to our DJ Chef Steve! https://t.co/hLGeypIz6j

10/07/19

Playtime in beautiful Brockwell Park. https://t.co/IWTCJOFnz0

10/07/19

A beautiful spot for lunch in the gallery gardens https://t.co/OwJTBDzrI1

10/07/19

More conflict art https://t.co/rkRycl1XFY

10/07/19

Stunning and thought provoking art linked to the concept of conflict. https://t.co/wpu1rODY40

10/07/19

Year Six Conflict artist workshop at the stunning Dulwich Picture Gallery- getting used to our materials and experimenting with texture and line. https://t.co/0JyMg1gAju

05/07/19

A glorious day in the sun for our Sports' Day. Thank you Miss Harvey for organising https://t.co/MMTDca4LOa

03/07/19

We love a bit of scientific magic in Y4! https://t.co/qzdQaCPRmJ

03/07/19

This was the long awaited science experiment looking at how alginates react in different substances! The children loved creating jelly worms and eyeballs! https://t.co/8sbihwcxlN

02/07/19

Meeting the SJL corn snake as part of our year six science visit to SJL! https://t.co/VNSRXbX7Dz

01/07/19

We are delighted to share the report of our recent Ofsted inspection, in which we are officially judged as a good school with outstanding features. Please read the report at https://t.co/NZ2LRTzYct

28/06/19

We enjoyed meeting Chef Harry this morning in assembly. The children were fascinated to learn about his history as a Royal Chef and his current role at Wembley Stadium. Do you know what the Queen’s favourite breakfast is? Shredded Wheat! https://t.co/MxnW7np3qY

27/06/19

Ladybird Lolly break! https://t.co/zc2qbvCGnA

27/06/19

Hello from Graverley Fruit Farm! EYFS are having such fun picking strawberries 🍓 https://t.co/g3h6E6akKf

27/06/19

What an amazing display this morning from the owls! We were fascinated from start to finish. Our resident owl lover even got to fly one of these beautiful birds! https://t.co/N49e15g8B2

26/06/19

Big Music Company thank you for an amazing and uplifting singing workshop! We loved having you visit us and enjoyed singing gospel songs https://t.co/3ecfBUdau9

26/06/19

Retweeted From Big Music Company

An absolute pleasure working with Children and teachers and teaching them some super Gospel songs today!!! https://t.co/ZNG4YDma9e

26/06/19

Inspiring and informative mental health session in Year Six learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent). https://t.co/x8vjvKzQKV

26/06/19

What an inspirational gospel choir workshop! We can’t wait for our performance later, parents welcome at 2.30pm https://t.co/hVsZhTubgJ

25/06/19

Exciting day two of wellbeing week in year six with a guest chef demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal. The children were mesmerised thank you Patti. https://t.co/r1wWOiOppx

25/06/19

Awesome first ever performance at Harpenden district sports. Excellent positivity, determination and support for each other and other schools. Special thanks to Miss Harvey for making it happen! https://t.co/4fogZ4wkz9

25/06/19

Looking forward to the gospel singing workshops tmw to celebrate our wellbeing week. Remember parents you are welcome to join us!

25/06/19

Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! Today we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too! https://t.co/SNnmV0OmkG

24/06/19

Year Six smoothie making as part of Wellbeing week. The children selected the fruits they wanted to use and researched their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies. https://t.co/uqZ0mtWm8M

24/06/19

More Year Six bike ride photos. https://t.co/zBp0WvazkN

24/06/19

Year Six have kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. We’ve nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing already: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice. https://t.co/weeupDIzcV

21/06/19

Playtime - so wonderful to see our school councillors from year one to year six playing so collaboratively together. https://t.co/87YqNtl5mL

21/06/19

Fascinating tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - we’ve learnt so much and our school councillors have been brilliantly engaged and curious! https://t.co/c1eWGVPNdO

Special Educational Needs

We believe that every child is an individual who brings something special to the school community. All students regardless of their ability, personality or background have a right to take part in and enjoy every aspect of school life and to have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Our aim at the academy is to ensure that the barriers are removed and offer all our students the opportunity to participate in and benefit from all of the many wonderful experiences that are available to them as a Harpenden Academy student.

Within our Inclusion Faculty we provide specialist support and opportunity to help students feel valued and be better equipped to make positive choices, so that they can play an active role in the life of the school community.

At Harpenden Academy, children are identified as having SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) through a variety of ways, usually a combination, which may include some of the following:

  • Liaison with previous school or pre-school setting
  • Child performing below ‘age expected’ levels or equivalent
  • Concerns raised by a parent
  • Concerns raised by a teacher
  • Liaison with external agencies e.g. for a physical/ sensory issue, speech and language
  • Use of tools for standardised assessment such as, Lucid Assessment Test, Wide Ability Reading Test 4 and Cognitive Profiling test in the primary phase
  • Children with a Statement / EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) already have many of their needs clearly identified. Their placement at our school is a decision that is made by the Local Education Authority

Academy’s arrangement for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • A school we track and analyse the children’s progress against national expectations and age related expectations and will send a report home to parents in the Summer Term. In addition to this there are termly parents evenings where children progress is discussed.
  • The class teacher continually assesses each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed
  • Pupil Progress Meetings are held each term in the primary phase between each class teacher, Key Stage Coordinator and the Deputy Headteacher and INCO. In these meetings, a discussion takes place concerning children who are not making expected progress and possible actions and support strategies are discussed
  • Where specific needs are apparent, the school has a range of assessment tools which can be used to explore a child’s strengths and difficulties in more depth, for example CTOPP (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing)
  • The INCo (Inclusion Needs Co-ordinator)  reports regularly to the Governing Body regarding the progress of the students.
  • There is a governor who is responsible for SEN

Academy's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs

  • The class teacher will oversee, plan and differentiate the material to support the need of children with SEND in their class and to ensure that appropriate progress is made in every area
  • All lessons are differentiated, taking into account the primary needs of the learners. Teachers implement specific strategies that have been identified for specific students
  • The INCo, who is a member of Senior Leadership, oversees the progress of any child identified as having SEND
  • Every class in the primary phase has a Teaching Assistant who works collaboratively with the classroom teacher.
  • All learning activities within the classroom are planned and differentiated, so that all children are able to access learning according to their specific needs.
  • The class teacher, alongside the INCo will discuss a child’s needs and what support will be appropriate
  • Children with SEND will have access to the appropriate resources needed in order to help them to make progress, such as support mats, coloured overlays and strategy cards
  • The INCo reports to the Head teacher and Governors regularly to inform them about the progress of children with SEND and how resources are being used. Information provided will never name individual children in order to maintain confidentiality at all times

Additional support for learning for students with special educational needs

Behaviour for Learning

  • Nurture Group in Primary to support the social skills

Mastering Memory and Fine Motor Skills

  • Students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes

The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs

  • The class teacher, INCo are available to meet and discuss children’s progress, the support in place and any questions the parents may have
  • An appointment can be made with the INCo to discuss support in more detail
  • The SENCo is present during Parents’ Consultation evenings 

The involvement of external bodies in the meeting the needs of students with special educational needs

  • Some students are supported through the counselling service to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning
  • Partnership with Links academy to provide outreach support
  • Support from Educational Psychologist
  • Close liaison with family support workers
  • Speech and Language to assess and offer support strategies
  • Autistic Advisory Team
  • The Hertfordshire Local Offer can be accessed through Hertfordshire Directory at the following address: https://directory.hertfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/hertfordshire/directory/home.page
  • If parents/carers would like to use the Local Offer, but they cannot access the internet, they can contact their local library, or Children’s Centre
  • If further assistance is needed, the customer service centre can be contacted on 0300 123 4043  

Physical environment of the academy

We have, in consultation with the relevant expert bodies, aimed to make as much of the school accessible to those with mobility needs as possible. However, challenges due to the building designs and site layout do remain. Any parent wishing to know more about this and to discuss specific case needs is encouraged to contact the Head teacher, Ms Lisa Davies.

At present:

  • All areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair 
  • Accessible toilet facilities are available
  • There is a lift that allows access to the top school
  • There are new handrails around the site
  • Strips are painted on the edge of the stairs

How the academy includes all students in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips

  • All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and the aim is for all children to be included on school trips. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful and when required will discuss this with parents in advance. It might be appropriate for a parent/carer to accompany a child on a school trip, depending upon the child’s individual needs
  • A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised and ensure suitability of the activity
  • There are a variety of after school clubs provided during lunchtimes and after school for all students
  • The Inclusion department offers a quieter space in school made available to the children if the playground environment becomes overwhelming. The sensory room is always open to our children with sensory challenges as and when they need it

Expertise and training of staff with relation to children with special educational needs

  • Within the school we have a culture of sharing good practice and expertise, through an accredited CPD programme
  • All TAs have had training to deliver Letters and Sounds Phonics System, and Cognitive Profiling Tests
  • As a school we work closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to supporting individual children’s’ needs within our school including: Primary Behaviour Services, Health services including: GPs, school nurse, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), clinical psychologist, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, occupational and physiotherapists; Children’s Services, social workers; educational psychologists and specialist advisory teachers

Early Years Foundation transition

  • All students who are allocated a place at Harpenden Academy will receive a visit from a member of staff
  • Those students, who need extra support have extra meetings with one of the members of the Inclusion team and the parents/carers to put in a place a plan of support prior to attending the academy
  • The identified students will join the Nurture Group in September  

Other phases

  • Students who have an EHCP will work closely with various external agencies in planning their next phase in education

Who to contact if there are any questions

  • Speak/ email the class teacher/form tutor in the first instance
  • Contact Inclusion Needs Co-ordinator via the office email
  • General information relating to SEND can be found within the SEND policy. This can be found on the policy page of the school website
  • The school has a complaints policy, which is available on the policy page of the school website
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