"Leaders and teachers do not place a ceiling upon what pupils can do and achieve, taking every opportunity to reinforce their high expectations. This gives all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), a tremendous sense of purpose and ambition."
(Ofsted, February 2020)
St Dominic Savio is an inclusive Catholic school and we believe in the equality of opportunities for all children including those whose needs are defined in the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Code of Practice 2014 under these four areas:
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School has a very good SEND Department. Pupils who are on our SEND register make at least similar progress as all other pupils in the school. This is led by our Special Needs Coordinator, Ruth Newling-Ward.
We are committed to providing an excellent education to all, regardless of need. We work hard to overcome barriers to learning in order to support every child to succeed academically and to become a well-rounded individual.
The school has clearly set out admissions criteria. If a pupil has an Education and Health Care (EHC) Plan, there is a process by which parents can name the school as their first choice. In this case, the Local Authority will approach the school on the parents’ behalf. The Headteacher, in consultation with the Governing Board, will consider whether the school can meet all the specific needs of the pupil.
St Dominic Savio is committed to serving the needs of all pupils. The Catholic ethos of the school is inclusive and offers the highest quality provision to all. Our Catholic identity teaches children to grow up understanding that the things that they have in common with each other far outweigh any differences.
Parents know their child best and they are encouraged to work in partnership with the school to ensure that the desired outcomes for their child are achieved. We endeavour to afford parents as much information and support as possible to enable them to participate in this process from a position of knowledge and confidence.
If a pupil’s needs are complex or profound it may be suggested, in consultation with parents, that the local authority is approached for a single assessment, which will involve parents and significant professionals meeting to discuss and consider whether the local authority should provide extra resources to support that pupil. Resources could include additional staff hours, special equipment or the attendance at a school with specialist resourced support. This additional provision, known as an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), formerly a Statement of SEN, is reviewed annually or sooner if required. The parents, teacher, SENCO, pupil and other appropriate professionals are involved in this process.
Additional support is offered on an equitable basis. Those with the greatest need receive the highest level of support. All support programmes that are implemented are evaluated for the impact that they have had on children’s progress.
Pupils receiving SEND support make exceptional progress at our school. Intervention programmes are highly successful: the outcomes pupils achieve clearly demonstrate that they work. It is rare for a child to leave the school having not reached the government’s expected national standards for the end of key stage 2.
Each year some children with a level of need that merits a statement of special educational needs or EHC plan demonstrate the enormous progress they have made by achieving national expectations before they transfer to secondary school.
The Local Offer provides information about services that children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for you.
A school’s Local Offer is to inform parents about: