We are committed to ensuring that every child achieves extraordinary things. We will carefully monitor the progress of every pupil so that we can provide extra support to all those who need it. Our experienced Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Lucia Bonforte, and team will work closely with families to ensure all specific needs are met in the best possible way.

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Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy can be accessed in our policies section.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the academy know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

Wixams Academy uses information gathered from the previous school, together with tests done on arrival to identify potential students who may require additional support. Academy procedures allow for regular data analysis and any student showing a concern will be indicated to subject teachers. There is a system in place within the academy for staff who have further concerns about a student to refer to the Learning Support for additional advice. If a parent or carer has any concerns regarding their son/daughter, they should contact the Special Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Lucia Bonforte:

How will school staff support my child?

Quality first teaching is the key to students making progress. All staff will have opportunities to receive training on specific strategies to assist students in their learning. They may be supported by Learning Support Assistants at the discretion of the Learning Support Department. Priority is given to students with an EHCP or sensory/physical need. Where necessary, we will seek advice from outside agencies and advisors.

How will I know how my child is doing?

All students receive regular progress checks and these are sent out on a termly basis to parents and carers.

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?

At Wixams Academy we aim to make all lessons inclusive. A variety of teaching and learning styles will be catered for in the classroom. Where identified, some interventions (eg small group work or 1:1) may be offered to improve accessibility and improve outcomes. These will be delivered under the instruction of the subject teacher. Some discrete groups may be offered (eg social skills, reading programmes etc) by the Learning Support Department.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Students have access to pastoral support via their form tutor and Learning Support Assistants. We also promote emotional well-being at all times and offer other services such as counselling and access to the school health service. Where necessary, we may refer to external agencies.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the academy?

Expertise within the academy staffing is constantly being improved through staff training. We are able to access a number of specialists through local contacts and the local authority. This may include services such as bereavement support, Autism advice, emotional health support, advisory services, medical needs or other services identified on an individual basis.

What training have the staff, supporting children and young people with SEND, had or are having?

All staff in the academy will have opportunities to attend training courses as needed. Training is targeted to enable advice to be circulated to teaching and support staff to address specific needs. All teaching staff receive regular and ongoing support to develop their practice and to support early identification of students who may have a learning need.

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Wixams Academy will have regular contact with parents and carers through tutor contact and parents evenings. Subject teachers will notify parents if there is anything specific that can be done at home to support your son/daughter. Some interventions offered in school may be web based and parents will be notified if these can be supported at home.

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?

Regular contact with form tutors and subject staff is the first point of contact for parents. If any SEP (Special Educational Provision) is to be offered, the Learning Support Department will contact parents.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including academy trips?

All activities including trips and clubs are fully inclusive.

How accessible is the academy environment?

The school building complies with current regulations. Upper floors may be accessed via an internal lift. There are several accessible toilets and a purpose built “hygiene room”. Accessibility is a consideration when furnishing classrooms and specialist areas.

Who can I contact for further information?

Contact the Special Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) – Mrs Lucia Bonforte:

How will the academy prepare and support my child to join the academy, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

Wixams Academy works extensively with all primary feeder schools. Academy staff visit all schools initially and the Special Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) also visits any students/schools who may need specific consideration for transfer arrangements. The academy takes part in the Secondary Transfer Day in July where all students spend the day at their new school. If needed, additional visits are arranged for individual students. The first week in September involves induction and orientation activities.

If a student transfers to another school, there will be an exchange of information, files and transition arrangements agreed.

Systems will be developed to support students moving on to further education as the academy develops.

How are the academy’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

There are various funding options available to school when an intervention is identified and matched to a specific need.

How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?

We aim to give students the skills to develop independent learning and resilience. Additional support will be decided by the Special Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) on a needs basis and will be discussed fully with parents and carers.

How can I find information about the local authority’s Local Offer of services and provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability?

The authority’s Local Offer can be found at