Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN.) All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published must be updated annually. The required information is set out in the draft SEN regulations which can be found here.
At Bure Park Specialist Academy we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with information and support from all school stakeholders (pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff). We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us.
The best people to contact this year are:
Catherine Wall (Chair Of Governors)
Keith Bates ( Executive Headteacher)
Hayley Ross (Head of School)
Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN
As a special school for pupils with SEMH, all of our pupils have Special Educational Needs. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture both within our school and beyond into our local community.
We value high-quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.
Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and continued professional development (CPD) alongside staff supervision that is planned for all staff.
We aim to create a learning environment which meets the individual needs of the students and allows pupils to progress at their own rate. Our sister school Eaton Hall Specialist Academy provides a specialist alternative curriculum for pupils in our local mainstream schools who have difficulty in maintaining their place due to the stresses and strains of standard mainstream education. This provision is called “The Junction” and is also available to pupils who seek a different dimension to enhance their KS4 curriculum. In all cases the Junction is a co-educational provision and allows the students studying here the opportunity to engage in a more “college like”, education thus giving a flavour to these students of the opportunities available Post 16. Our pupils in KS4 can access this provision as an extra to their GCSE curriculum for one day per week. This alternative provision is certificated through ASDAN and has proved invaluable for many KS4 students in the Norwich area.
Bure Park Specialist Academy’s Vision Statement
To improve life chances for all our pupils.
We look to achieve this by addressing pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing. All elements of teaching and learning at Eaton Hall have these needs at their heart.
We aim to restore equilibrium to the child and family, return the child to the home setting and, where appropriate, to mainstream education.
How we identify SEN
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
As a SEMH Academy, all of our pupils have SEN. Bure Park admits pupils from the County across the SEMH continuum, from the more introverted emotionally fragile, to a child with a conduct disorder, that displays extremely aggressive behaviour. Their needs primarily centre around the nature of their behavioural difficulty although many of our students have additional difficulties that make their diagnosis quite complex. All pupils follow a mainstream curriculum with the addition of elements that address their social and emotional needs. Pupils have the opportunity to sample periods of time in an appropriate mainstream environment and all students are encouraged wherever possible to return to mainstream school. If reintegration is not the pathway that both parents and the pupil feel are appropriate, then GCSE examinations are completed in KS4. At the end of this, all students are encouraged to move on to further education or where appropriate the world of work.
We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk Local Authority, which are described on the Local Offer website available here.
We have high staffing levels across the school. This usually equates to class sizes of 8 in KS2, KS3 and KS4. All pupils are supported by a Senior Childcare Officer who coordinates the work of the Teacher Tutor and a Childcare Officer. The Childcare Officer is the main point of contact for parents and other professionals. We have access to support from the Local Authority Multi Agency Teams.
What we do to Support Learners with SEN at Bure Park Specialist Academy
Bure Park Specialist Academy is a residential SEMH Academy for boys between the ages of 5-16. Bure Park has a teaching team who specialise in either Primary or Secondary and their particular area of the curriculum, as is reflected in a mainstream environment. The boarding configuration is as follows: Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 are day pupils and from Year 4 through to the end of Year 8 there is the added advantage of a residential environment. This allows pupils to be supported across the 24 hours of the day and enables staff to work more closely with those pupils who need greater input than would be available in the school day. Parents comment that they see the biggest improvement in their son’s behaviour when they are residential. Between Year 9 and Year 11 it is important that pupils have gained their nights home so that they are day pupils and reflect the majority of society. This will enable them to gain levels of independence and self-reliance that they will need to support themselves when they leave the Academy. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations of all teachers, and we at Bure Park Specialist Academy are proud of our Teachers and their development.
The Teacher standards are available here:
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
Visual timetables and various other visual aids.
Chrome books, Notebooks, laptops or other communication tools.
Positive management of behaviour.
A rewards system.
Additional support strategies and approaches are used for a number of students where this is thought to be of benefit:
Learning Outside the Classroom.
Participation in external sporting activities and challenges.
The impact of these interventions are regularly evaluated in order to see whether they are beneficial.
Bure Park Specialist Academy receives funding directly from the ESFA and from the Local Authority to support learners.
The Academy works very closely with the Norfolk Special Schools and has benefitted from a great deal of shared practice. Through this association, the Academy supports many other schools in Norfolk through the Special School, School2School support system.
How do we Find Out if this Support is Effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Bure Park Specialist Academy. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of what we do.
All students have their progress monitored and targets are set through academic monitoring each term. Each student has an Individual Social Plan which targets specific areas of social and emotional behaviour and academic targets created with teachers tutors and subject specific teachers. These are collated in termly meetings involving the child or young person, the childcare officer and the teacher tutor.
Attendance is monitored throughout the year. It is important that parents and pupils are abreast of their attendance levels whether absence has been caused by illness or any other reason. Childcare Officers telephone home at least once per week to ensure that parents have an update on their son's academic and social progress throughout the year. This information is shared with all parents at the Annual Review, however, new pupils have a review after 3 months and then six months, followed by reviews annually. Parents evenings are arranged to discuss pupil progress and there are other opportunities when parents are invited into the Academy during the year ie. Open Day when lessons are accessible for parents and guests alike.
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole Academy and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors.
Other Opportunities for Learning
All learners have the same opportunity to access extra-curricular activities. At Bure Park Specialist Academy boys will also have the opportunity to stay for extended evenings and join in with the activities available for the residential pupils.
We offer a range of additional sporting and leisure activities throughout the year.
Equally, there is a range of lunchtime activity clubs which are supervised by staff and open to all pupils. If parents wish for their sons to access extended evenings, please contact their Childcare Officer.
Preparing for the next step
The transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be a transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving into employment. Bure Park Specialist Academy is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.
The Academy will involve the Local Authority and the recipient provision and can happen at any time throughout the year. This will be the case for transitions to a more suitable placement, mainstream schools or further education. Throughout this process, you and your son will be supported by staff from the Academy as appropriate. Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners.
Have Your Say
Bure Park Specialist Academy is part of the Boudica Schools Trust and is a sister school to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy the Ofsted rated Outstanding founding school for RightForSuccess Trust (now the Boudica Schools Trust). We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors, and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ensure that we are as responsive, creative and representative as we can possibly be for all of our children and young people.
Next Review: Sept 2022