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Barton Hill Academy

Our primary school years lay the foundation for a life time of learning. We recognise the importance of knowing every child and work hard to foster the vital partnership between home and school.

We aim for every child to have a happy and active primary education in an environment that is caring and supporting. We aim to provide a stimulating and structured environment in which every child will be encouraged to reach their full potential.

We treat all pupils individually, developing their sense of worth and confidence and encourage unique talents to flourish in every child.

Barton Hill Academy is part of Academies Enterprise Trust.

DFE: 2001

Who to contact

Telephone
01803 327161
E-mail
contactus@bartonhillacademy.org
Website
www.bartonhillacademy.org/
Parent Organisation
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)

Where to go

Name
Barton Hill Academy
Address
Barton Hill Road
TORQUAY
DEVON
Postcode
TQ2 8JA

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
From 4 years to 11 years
Age Ranges
From 4 years to 11 years
Other notes

Speech and Language Enhanced Provision

The Speech and Language Unit at Barton Hill Academy is a small class of 10 children (aged 4-8) from South Devon and Torbay, who receive intensive speech and language therapy and specialist teaching to help overcome their severe communication difficulties. 

All admissions are administered through the Special Education Team at the Local Authority. Children attending the Unit have an Education Health Care Plan specifying their speech and language difficulties. 

The aim of the Speech and Language Unit is to ensure that children acquire good language skills so that they can successfully reintegrate into their local mainstream schools. 

The children in the unit integrate successfully with the children at Barton Hill Academy during their time here and have access to playgrounds, assemblies, shows and educational visits to provide a rich and diverse learning experience. 

Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old 30 Hour funding
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
138369
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Specialist
Universal

SEN Information

A printable version of this form is available in the downloads section.

What special education provision is available at our setting?

Barton Hill Academy continues to have Inclusion at the heart of its values. All teachers are teachers of SEN deliver high quality first hand teaching. We also offer a wide range of support and intervention to ensure all pupils are able to reach their full potential. The support on offer includes:

  • Enhanced provision for children with Speech and Language Disorders
  • SENCO and other specialist SEN teachers and support staff
  • Thrive school with additional 1 to 1 and small group intervention when required
  • A range of literacy interventions to support reading, writing, phonics and spellings
  • A range of numeracy interventions to help the development of basic skills
  • Speech and language support
  • Whole class and small group SEAL to support the Social Aspects of Learning
  • Nurture and Pastoral team to help children who may be experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • Access to other agencies including Educational Psychologist, School Nurse, Speech and Language Therapist and other outreach services
  • Use of ICT to support learning and access to curriculum
  • Family Support Worker and Home School Link Worker to provide high quality support, advice and training to parents
  • Wide range of diagnostic assessments
  • Forest School and other outdoor learning activities
  • Wide range of extra curriculum activities happening at lunchtimes and after school
  • Breakfast Club and After School Club

What criteria must be satisfied before children and young people can access this provision/service?

All children are treated as individuals and if it is felt that they would benefit from extra support then this will be offered. At Barton Hill Academy every child will have access to a highly inclusive school and curriculum.

We currently have pupils in our Academy with a wide range of needs including:

  • Speech and Language Difficulties
  • Emotional and Behavioural Needs
  • Visual and Hearing impairments
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Medical Needs

To access the enhanced provision, children will have an EHCP and admissions is decided by the local authority.

How do we identify the particular special educational needs of a child or young person?

Barton Hill Academy is an Inclusive School and believe that high quality first hand teaching should be expected for every pupil. Teachers take responsibility for the ongoing assessments for the pupils in their class.

Pupil’s progress is collated every half term and reviewed with the class teacher and SLT. This is then used to identify individual needs and provision for support.  We do recognise that on some occasions further diagnostic assessment is required to identify barriers to learning. These will be completed by the Inclusion Team within the school and if there are still concerns advice will be sought from other agencies including health, Educational Psychology and other outreach services.

Parents are provided with attainment levels each term and discussion will be had with the class teacher.

SEN paperwork will be reviewed at least termly and Statements/Education, Health Care Plans annually in partnership with parents and pupil.

How do we consult with parents and/or children and young people about their needs?

At Barton Hill Academy we believe that there is no one that knows a child better than their parents and that they have a critical role to play in their child’s education.  We welcome parent’s views not only on their child’s learning and progress but also regarding their aspirations for the future.

Parental consultation evenings are held termly to provide an opportunity to discuss their child’s academic progress and social skills. Attainment levels are also given out each term.

Parents will meet with the class teacher to discuss and agree support and targets which are recorded on their Individual Learning Plan. These plans are reviewed at least termly.

If a child has a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health Care Plan these will be reviewed at least annually with the Class teacher and the SENCO.

To access the enhanced provision, children will have an EHCP and admissions is decided by the local authority.

Staff are always happy to meet parents

What is our approach to teaching children and young people with special educational needs?

All pupils have personalised targets for reading, writing and maths which are shared with them and on view in their books so they can refer to them.

Some pupils need additional targets as part of their learning or behaviour plan.

These are completed with the children so theirs views can also be sought.

How can we adapt our curriculum for children and young people with special educational needs?

Teaching is adapted in many ways to suit the individual needs within the classroom. This may include the use of ICT and other technology, other adults, visual cues and instructions, personalised strategies and visual timetables. In some cases specialist equipment may be needed which will be supported by outside agencies.

Where a child’s needs are very complex and require high levels of support, specialist equipment and expertise it may be their needs can not be met within our Mainstream setting. Discussions with parents, the pupil, SENCO and the Local Authority may conclude that a specialist placement is more suitable to best meet the pupils needs.

How will we ensure we get the services, provision and equipment that children and young people need?

Barton Hill Academy ensures teachers and TAs are provided with high quality CPD which is built into the annual training program. We have specialist teachers for Speech and Language, Reading, Maths, Behaviour and Dyslexia and also a Specialist Leader of Education for SEND, Literacy and MFL. We also have an ASC Champion and Attachment Lead.

Our dedicated pastoral team are also trained in Thrive and Passive Handling.

If the needs can not be assessed or met within our own resources than referrals will be made to other agencies including Health, Education Psychology Service and Outreach advice and support from other schools.

How is this provision funded?

The school budget includes money for supporting children with SEND.

If a child has a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan the Local Authority may provide additional top up funding.

In addition, some pupils access Pupil Premium funding.

The inclusion budget is monitored by the Headteacher, Governors and SENCO resources are allocated to need.

What additional learning support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how do they access it?

All classes have additional support from teaching assistants. The time allocated to each class reflects the level of support children with SEN require.

Interventions are provided to support attainment in Literacy and Numeracy alongside other support to enable pupils to learn effectively and achieve their potential.

Decisions are made following discussion with the class teacher and SENCO and monitored closely for impact.

How do we support and improve the emotional and social development of children and young people with special educational needs?

Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning is an integral part of the curriculum and is also a key focus of assemblies.

In addition to this, some children will have either small group or one to one sessions working with a trained member of staff to further enhance emotional development.

Support is also provided to parents through our FSW or HSLW.

How do we support children and young people with special educational needs moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood?

Transition meetings will be held for pupils transferring to Barton Hill Academy from other Nursery settings if an area of SEN has already been identified. Teachers or the SENCO will either visit the child in their home or current setting.

The SENCO will support transition each year from class to class.

When children move to another school before the end of Year 6 information will be shared with the new school and if appropriate a meeting will be held between the two schools.

If a child transfers to Barton Hill Academy from another school, information will be requested from the previous school. A meeting will also be held with the headteacher and if required a further SEN meeting will be held with the SENCO and Classteacher. Our Home School Link Worker will make contact with parents within the first few weeks at Barton Hill Academy to offer support.

When a child transfers to Secondary School the teachers will meet with the Year 7 team and further discussion will be held with the SENCOs.

Our Home School Link Worker can support parents with transition arrangements.

What other support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how can they access it?

The Academy looks at each pupil’s need individually and personalised support will be offered.

Some pupils struggle at lunchtimes and playtimes so a range of opportunities are also provided at this time, led by teacher s or teaching assistants.

What extra-curricular activities are available for children and young people with special educational needs?

A wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs are available, this includes Breakfast Club, Lunchtime Clubs, After School Provision and other skill based provision.

Please see our school website for an up to date list of activities available within the school.

How do we assess and review progress towards agreed outcomes, and how are parents, children and young people involved in this process?

Pupil’s progress is collated every half term and reviewed with the class teacher and SLT. This is then used to identify individual needs and provision for support.

Parents are provided with attainment levels each term and discussion will be had with the class teacher.

SEN paperwork will be reviewed at least termly and Statements/Education, Health Care Plans annually in partnership with parents and pupil.

Regular meetings are held throughout the year with parents and we welcome their views on the needs for their child.

How do we assess the effectiveness of our special needs provision and how are parents, children and young people involved in this assessment?

Pupil progress is tracked regularly to subsequent interventions to ensure children never fall behind.

The SENCO and SLT monitors the impact of interventions and how effective they are each term. Parents and the pupils are invited to share their views on the progress.

SEN provision is seen as a strength of the school and has been recognised by OFSTED in addition to the Academy becoming the first school in the South West to become a Flagship School for Inclusion.

How do we ensure that teaching staff and other staff have the expertise needed to support children and young people with special educational needs?

Barton Hill Academy ensures teachers and TAs are provided with on-going high quality CPD which is built into the annual training program. We have specialist teachers for Speech and Language, Reading, Maths, Behaviour and Dyslexia and also a Specialist Leader of Education for SEND, Literacy and MFL.

Our dedicated pastoral team are also trained in Thrive and Passive Handling.

How do we keep parents informed where children and young people have special educational provision but do not have an Education Health and Care Plan?

Parents are an integral part in ensuring their child is achieving well and happy in school.

The SENCO reviews the SEND register on a termly basis and paper work is shared with parents by class teachers. Parents are also invited to make appointments with the class teacher or SENCO to discuss provision and progress at other suitable times.

How can parents, children and young people make a complaint about our provision?

Working together in partnership is essential in ensuring pupil progress and success. The Academy welcomes parents to discuss their concerns and are invited to do this in many ways. Please discuss them with the class teacher, SENCO, Head Teacher or Home School Link Worker and be assured that all concerns will be taken seriously.

Complaints procedures are available on the school Website.

How can parents, children and young people get more information about the setting?

If you would like to discuss your child’s Special Educational Need or Disability then please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01803 327161 or email contactus@bartonhillacademy.org to arrange a visit.

Mrs Jane Young Head Teacher

Mrs Angela Farrell SENCO

How the school involves other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting children and young people’s SEN and supporting their families?

The school have two family support workers.

Mrs Bastow is a trained SEND keyworker and can support parents with signposting to agencies, helping with EHCP requests, and supporting parents with their child’s needs.

Mrs Bastow also provides Family Thrive and groups to help understand your child’s mental health.

Mrs Evans provides parenting support, her specialist areas are Triple P and Healthy Relationships.

The school has a school counsellor.

Weekly Educational Psychology support and EWO is also available.

The school works closely with health and other agencies including the learning disability team and SENDIASS.

If you need further advice and support please contact the local SENDIASS team on:

Telephone: 01803 213986

Email: info@sendiasstorbay.org.uk

Website:  www.sendiasstorbay.org.uk

What arrangements are in place for supporting children who are looked after by the local authority and have SEN?

All pupils who are looked after by the local authority will have a termly Personal Educational Plan where all aspects of school life will be assessed and reviewed.

Any additional support will be provided through pupil premium.

The designated teacher for children in care is Mrs Farrell.