At Wickersley we believe that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress in order to:
- Achieve their best
- Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
- Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.
The SEND team at Wickersley are committed to identifying and addressing the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities. Throughout their learning journey, we will ensure that every child with Special Educational Need(s) and/ or disability receives the most appropriate package of support to meet their needs.
Without a doubt, quality first teaching and learning is vital and all students must have access to this. Wickersley provides a broad and balanced curriculum that facilitates this and supports our aim to ensure all children engage, wherever possible, in activities alongside each other regardless of any special educational need or disability.
We recognise the need to work in partnership with parents, students and external agencies to ensure that students are supported to overcome any barriers to learning they may experience. Through continued professional development, staff acquire the skills they need in order to deliver effective teaching and learning that meets the need of all students, including those with SEN/D.
Our staff have high expectations of all students, providing appropriate learning and teaching experiences within a positive pastoral framework. We aim to support students by nurturing an ethos of high aspirations, confidence and fostering in them the desire to achieve.
Admission Arrangements for Children with Disabilities
At Wickersley School & Sports College, the admission of children with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled children. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility and the school would work with parents/carers and other agencies involved to ensure that appropriate provision could be provided. It is the school policy to accommodate children with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for to prevent any children with disabilities being treated less favourably than other children. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all children.
Education does not only happen during lessons and during the school day. Our teaching staff strive to provide a range of extra-curricular activities which are open to all students.
Subject to risk assessment, we ensure that all our students but particularly those with SEND are included in the activities available, accepting that sometimes this will mean additional arrangements to allow them to take part in activities. For example, sometimes one-to-one support on trips may be provided, depending on the level of need.
Where specific access arrangements need to be made, we involve parents/carers by:
- discussing support and risk control measures with parents/carers;
- taking advice from the place to be visited in terms of their facilities and accessibility.
Existing facilities provided to assist access to the school by children with disabilities:
- Wheelchair access onto school grounds via the entrance.
- Car park has disabled access.
- Wheelchair access into the school.
- Carpeted classrooms to aid hearing impaired children’s learning.
- Exterior lighting to improve evening access.
- Routes to the main entrance are clearly signed and free from obstructions
- Disabled toilet.
- Lifts to provide access from the upper blocks near the main entrance to the yard
- Lifts to provide access from C block to the main hall
- Car park at the rear to the sports hall to provide access
- Railings throughout the external site to provide support