At Brownedge St Mary’s RC High School, all children are equally valued. Through our school’s Catholic ethos, mission statement, aims, policies, practices and provision, we strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish, feel safe and develop their unique talents gifted to them by God. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards and have high aspirations for themselves.
We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners.
We pride ourself in being inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our relationship with God is central to our education in SEND, as we are underpinned by the mission and ethos of our Catholic school.
Our aims are to ensure:
- We provide every child with access to a broad and balanced curriculum, with a wide range of extracurricular activities which are differentiated to meet individual needs, creating a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning amongst all.
- Provision – high quality Teaching & Learning in all subjects, leading to the acquisition of the best set of knowledge and skills for every child. Ensuring early identification of intervention needs, to support & challenge pupils.
- Involve a diverse range of people, making learning real and relevant, whilst also encouraging adults to support, value and celebrate children’s work.
Our Objectives are to ensure we:
- Identify the needs of pupils with SEND as early as possible. We do this by gathering information from parents, educational professionals, health and care services, as well as Primary Schools prior to the child’s entry to school.
- Monitor the progress of all pupils in order to aid the identification of pupils with SEN. Assessment data is gathered termly and reviewed to support identification of pupils who may have SEN. Close monitoring ensures children with SEND make good progress and are able to meet their full potential.
- Make appropriate provision to overcome all barriers to learning and ensure all pupils with SEN have full access to the National Curriculum.
- Our school staff set targets for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) children which are shared with parents/carers, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting.
- Work with parents to gain a better understanding of their child, and involve them in all stages of their child’s education. This includes supporting them in terms of understanding SEND procedures, and practices and providing regular reports of their child’s progress.
- Work with and in support of outside agencies when pupil’s needs cannot be met by school alone.
- Create a school environment where pupils feel safe to voice their opinions of their own needs.
Further Inclusion and Support Information 2023
January 2020 OFSTED Report "Staff help all pupils to access the curriculum equally. Most parents and carers of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are full of praise for the school. They say their children receive excellent support from staff. They achieve well."