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The Spires College

Our aim is simple: to make certain that every young person achieves their true potential.  Our ethos centres upon a love of learning and upon developing every member of our College community as an independent learner, who knows how to learn and is helped to develop the resilience and determination to tackle all the challenges that they will meet – at College and beyond. In this way, our students become successful and fulfilled life-long learners.

Our students are involved in every aspect of College life beyond the classroom: extra-curricular clubs and trips are always available but our students also take an active role in shaping the future of the College through a wide range of student leadership activities.  Our students leave this College as rounded, confident, independent young adults, ready to take up their places in society and equipped with the means to seize their futures. 

 

Principal: Ms Alex Newton
DfEE No: 4117
Type of School: Foundation

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Katherine Hurst
Contact Position
SENDCo
Telephone
01803 400660
E-mail
send@thespirescollege.com
Website
www.thespirescollege.com

Where to go

Address
Westlands Lane
Torquay
Devon
Postcode
TQ1 3PE

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
From 11 years to 18 years

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes

Local Offer

Description

At The Spires College, we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our students, whatever their needs or abilities.  The Learning Support department has a philosophy to promote quality first teaching within all classrooms in order to enable all of our students to have access to an excellent education.

By endorsing that every teacher at the College is a teacher of SEND, we operate a "whole student, whole school approach" to the management and provision of support for students with all kinds of special educational needs.  

To help support students' progress through the phases of their education and ensure a smooth transition, our SENDCo is available at our GCSE Options Evening for Year 8 students and their parents/carers and liaises with our Director of Sixth Form and other local post 16 providers.

Contact Name
Katherine Hurst
Contact Telephone
01803 400660
Contact Email
send@thespirescollege.com
Links
The Spires College - SEND
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Sixth form / other post 16 provider (16 - 19 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?

At The Spires College, we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our students, whatever their needs or abilities.  The Learning Support department has a philosophy to promote quality first teaching within all classrooms in order to enable all of our students to have access to an excellent education.

By endorsing that every teacher at the College is a teacher of SEND, we operate a "whole student, whole school approach" to the management and provision of support for students with all kinds of special educational needs.  

To help support students' progress through the phases of their education and ensure a smooth transition, our SENDCo is available at our GCSE Options Evening for Year 8 students and their parents/carers and liaises with our Director of Sixth Form and other local post 16 providers.

The team that is responsible for coordinating provision for students who have been identified as having special educational needs is based in our SEND Department.  We are very confident in the effectiveness of the way we work with all students to enable them to achieve; learning difficulties can vary greatly and we have a range of strategies in place to meet these needs.

The SEND Department is purpose built and allows us to work with small groups of students as well as with individuals on a 1:1 basis.  As far as possible, we work to ensure that our students are able to access mainstream classes, but the SEND Department is a place where students are able to come to for reassurance and targeted educational support.  Please read the college’s Accessibility Plan which gives further detail regarding the adaptation of resources and facilities.

We have a large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) who work with students in the SEND Department and in classrooms across the College.  The LSAs have a weekly session for training and CPD (continual professional development), and access to relevant courses and qualifications.  The LSA team is rich in a variety of skills and knowledge to ensure that we are supporting our students to achieve and to become independent in education and life.

We also offer supported lunch and break times, which allow for quiet time with supervision and activities, are available for any student, should they wish or need it.

 

 


 

 

Foundation Learning – Nurture Base

To ensure that all students have the opportunity to access a full and balanced curriculum and to allow progression according to ability, we have foundation nurture groups. In years 7 and 8, our students who are working significantly below age related expectations are taught in a primary school style classroom with a specialist teacher.  The focus is on English/Literacy and Maths/Numeracy.  There are two dedicated and specially trained LSAs who support the teaching in this provision.  Year 7 students spend 19 of their 50 lessons per fortnight in this provision and Year 8 spend 21 their 50 lessons per fortnight in this provision.  Students join the rest of the year group for Science, PE, Design Technology, Creative Arts and Humanities lessons.  In Year 9 and beyond, the students have a differentiated curriculum, with continued support, for them to achieve their full potential at GCSE. 

 

Enhanced Provision for Hearing Impairment

The Spires College is proud to be the designated secondary school in Torbay for students with hearing impairment.  As such, we have local authority funded places to ensure that Torbay has educational provision available for young people with a range of hearing loss.  As part of this provision, we have a Hearing Support Centre led by the Local Authority Advisory Teacher, a specialist teacher of the deaf, Mr Lee Fullwood, and LSAs with training and experience that allow us to offer specialist support for students with hearing loss.

Where necessary, we tailor educational programmes for individuals that include regular lessons delivered by Mr Fullwood.  The Hearing Support Centre is purpose built especially for use with students with hearing impairments and the College operates a FM system linked to hearing aids to ensure that our students with hearing loss can access mainstream lessons.  

 

Enhanced Provision for Autistic Spectrum Condition

The Spires College is are proud to be a designated secondary school in Torbay for students who have high level ASC needs.  As part of this provision, we have specialist staff and LSAs with training and experience that enables us to offer specialist support for students on the Autistic Spectrum who would otherwise struggle in a mainstream school.  Places in our enhanced provision are allocated via the local authority SEND Team.  Students must have an EHCP and a full ASC diagnosis.  For further details, please contact the SEND Team at Torbay Local Authority or our SENDCo.

 

Students with Illness or Physical Disability

The work of the SEND team also extends to ensuring that students with a long or short-term illness or disability can access the full curriculum.  This may be ensuring that wheelchair access is available to all classrooms, liaising with colleagues in various health teams to ensure we understand medical needs, or supporting the student in a lesson or around the college.  We are flexible and innovative in our approach to ensure that all students can access lessons in the college as much as possible and are therefore able to achieve their full potential.  A differentiated curriculum is provided where necessary in full consultation with medical and health professionals and parents/carers. 

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

Places in the ASC and HI Provisions are gained via a consultation process with Torbay Councils SEN Team for children with an EHCP for ASC or HI respectively.

The SEND register is reviewed termly through meetings with the relevant Head of Year and updated accordingly. Data is reviewed termly after each data drop with Heads of Department where necessary; this information is then used to identify any students who may need to be added to the SEND register. This information may also come from tutors or parents. Information is then gathered to identify any difficulties a student may be having in lessons including an observation by a member of the SEND team. If necessary, further referrals can then be made.