Special Educational Needs
King Charles I School provides for students who transfer from mainstream primaries with a statement of SEND or Education Health Care plan (EHC) or a designation on the SEND register of SEND support. In addition, we also have a Communication Centre providing for students who have statements/EHCs, where additional provision within a mainstream base has been identified for autism or a specific language impairment. Students only transfer to the Communication Centre via a recommendation from the local authority. Across mainstream and the Communication Centre, we provide for those with SEND in the following categories: cognition and learning; communication and interaction; sensory and physical; social, emotional and mental health difficulties, who can be supported in a combination of mainstream or base provision with reasonable adaptations as specified in statements/EHCs and provision maps. This offer forms part of Worcestershire’s Local Offer which can be found at https://worcestershirelocaloffer.org.uk/
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There are two SEND teachers and many achievement assistants in school across both sites to ensure all SEND students make good progress.
- Stacy Bott: Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Manager (SENCO)
- Ryan Burkin: Head of the Communication Centre
The Communication Centre at King Charles is based on both the Borrington and Hillgrove Sites. Both centres provide effective and incredibly successful working environments, specialist resources and key worker support for students with autism and specific language difficulties.
Each have three classrooms that share a social skills area. The social area is the hub of the centres and students are encouraged to invite mainstream friends in and engage in social activities. Each centre has a number of quiet rooms that students value considerably as they are used for quiet/chill time, students working on their own or for work with visiting professionals. The centres are self-contained having toilets, a kitchen, dining area, an area for students to change for PE, meeting/chill rooms and multimedia rooms.
Our students are very much mainstream students that are provided with support, guidance, extra tuition and nurturing via the base that allows students to reach their full academic and social potential. Inclusiveness is promoted at all levels of the school with all staff and students working collaboratively for the benefit of all students.
The focus is on the individual, enabling appropriately supported participation in the mainstream school according to needs, abilities and strengths. The communication centre prides itself on having a ‘long term vision’ for each student, as a result we see developing independence and increasing confidence as a high priority to allow for smooth transition into further education and indeed adulthood.
Students who are allocated places are expected to work towards attending mainstream classes or at least 80% of their timetable, as our role is to act as a stepping stone into the main body of the school.
Essential elements of the provision are:
- Specialist teaching and support staff to help plan and support the students’ time in mainstream settings and to deliver supplementary programmes of work
- A designated achievement assistant key worker
- Rooms that provide a safe haven away from the pressures of the mainstream
- An autism friendly environment that reduces sensory discomfort
- Bases for individual and small group intervention
- Delivery of a personalised curriculum to meet individual needs
- Access to specialist resources
- Close working relationships with parents
- Training and support for all school staff in areas of autism and speech and language difficulties
- Close links with local authority services to ensure continuity of care and education for all students
In summary, communication centre students thrive at King Charles I School. Key to this is their hard work and endeavour that runs parallel with the bespoke support the communication centre provides to each individual student. This support allows students to access the mainstream teaching environment at the same time as ensuring key skills for life beyond school such as independence, flexibility of mind, confidence and self-esteem are developed.