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12/02/19

Year 4 have had an amazing time at Rock Up in Watford today. I can't explain how proud I am of the children; they showed resilience, team work and determination during this adventurous activity. The children were such a strong team and so supportive of one another. https://t.co/WFTuY2dtY1

12/02/19

Today in Early Years we were inspired to write by our Talk for Writing text - Emergency, Emergency. This is part of our topic ‘People That Help Us’. The other children were so inspired by Sakina’s perseverance that they all decided to write out the story! https://t.co/prDQrKwHDm

08/02/19

Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!! https://t.co/F6Q0DvZ4Ab

04/02/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Congratulations to all the performers in tonight’s Trust Concert! You were all fabulous and should be very proud of yourselves!

01/02/19

A giant snow play today at Harpenden Academy! Happy children who are simply loving the snow. https://t.co/NmNVaGNtnq

01/02/19

Snow Alert - school will be open - see attachment for details. Website down so message delivered by Class List and Marvellous Me. Spread the word. https://t.co/iHu7Rh1Hhm

30/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Tickets selling fast! Join us for a fantastic night of music with bands and choirs from across the Scholars' Education Trust coming together. Tickets available from St Albans Arena box office https://t.co/2atm2HMsJH https://t.co/skoUG2857Z

29/01/19

Just getting onto the M1. Most of the children have slept during the journey. 😴

29/01/19

Finally out of carpark and on the move! The coach driver has told us that we can expect to be at The George for collection at approximately 11:45pm.

29/01/19

Young Voice superstars are on the coach waiting to leave the carpark! We'll keep you posted 😊

26/01/19

Oh dear what happened in Reception today?! Don't worry it was a visit from a Paramedic as part of their topic 'People Who Help Us.' Mrs Jackson in the office was relieved as it gave her a bit of a shock when these three cheekies played a trick on her! https://t.co/K1BfauOt1v

26/01/19

On Thursday a group of Year 6 mathematicians took part in the January maths masterclass along with several other schools in Harpenden. The theme was money and they explored the concepts of trading, simple and compound interest and stock markets. https://t.co/whfL6WYKFZ

26/01/19

This week Year 6 headed to the forest as part of their PSHE Thrive Outside project: learning about all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending time in nature. https://t.co/35C2VTa3sM

26/01/19

Look what Father Christmas delivered to Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/ZRSmlsbqpA

26/01/19

This week the children have been creating their own 3D solar systems, learning about the relative temperatures and features of each planet. They have also been conducting their own independent research on aspects of the solar system that interest them. https://t.co/VLoN81k6nR

18/01/19

Dahl Class sat in Centre Court! We sat on the seats the 'Press' sit on (the seats are the original ones from 1922) They were not as comfortable as the ones everyone else sit on! https://t.co/T15OMOrBYS

18/01/19

How the ladies would have dressed during the first ladies tournament (1884) https://t.co/NImQNqBOeG

18/01/19

How Spencer Gore would have dressed (1877 - first champion) https://t.co/4zQ5XphqlS

18/01/19

Wimbledon with Dahl Class

18/01/19

Dahl Class had a fantastic day at Wimbledon on Thursday! Here's a few photos of what we got up to... https://t.co/qJk0Td0x4c

15/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

What a great idea to support and promote healthy eating, lovely social interaction and look at all the big smiles. Now we want to know what the treat was for.

15/01/19

Our Year 1 topic is 'Field to Fork.' The children had breakfast and had to think about where the food they ate came from. This term they are going to become 'designers' and learn how to design a healthy meal and make it! Here is an example of the writing they produced today. https://t.co/aenQq4kUme

15/01/19

Why are Year 1 being treated to breakfast this morning? https://t.co/HQDE7E4tLP

15/01/19

Year 1: I wonder what's going on? https://t.co/is8Ktg4262

15/01/19

What is happening in Year 1 this morning? https://t.co/2HhkcNomxd

21/12/18

These two pupils spent their lunchtime rehearsing for the first time to give their classmates a Christmas concert. Merry Christmas! https://t.co/8LPn0cdTbD

21/12/18

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Please follow link for our end of term Trust newsletter https://t.co/IPJxWAIELk We would like to wish students, families and staff across the Trust a very Merry Christmas https://t.co/JL5jpBJq3G

21/12/18

Merry Christmas from everyone at Harpenden Academy! ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ 🎅🎄 https://t.co/01dX8HMj2m

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/cE1TCxVUC0

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/yaSjg7RcwQ

14/12/18

Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas dinner was delicious today and well done to Steve, our Chef, for preparing such a wonderful dinner. The children had so much fun. Thank you to all the staff https://t.co/Id3ivoawXz

13/12/18

The school has gained permission to publish photos of these children on Twitter

13/12/18

This week we had our final cross country run of the year and what a one to finish on! We stopped to appreciate the beautiful sunrise during our run around Rothamsted before appreciating the delicious Simmons treats which Hettie’s dad kindly gifted us all. https://t.co/YMWKo1vTON

13/12/18

What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars! https://t.co/Huhv223osf

09/12/18

On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Xmas day full of joy & hope for children who are currently living in care. The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label the gifts https://t.co/JxnAv23F5H

04/12/18

We are very proud of our team of 7 children who won the Primary School BritishGo Championship in Birmingham on Saturday. The children showed great sportsmanship and determination and retained their title! Well done! https://t.co/hrrMFpfKZV

04/12/18

This morning we had a beautiful frosty run around the Common to wake up our bodies and brains. Such an invigorating and peaceful start to the day! https://t.co/nJAyBMxr1O

25/11/18

Retweeted From Chris Norton Walker

Really fun gig at last night with https://t.co/OqYpzbvgOP

16/11/18

On Monday, KS1 walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1. https://t.co/gkwjVPSA6C

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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