Queensbury Academy is situated at the base of the Chiltern hills and takes students from Year 7 through to Year 13. We support all students to enable them to make the best possible progress and achieve this by offering a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching throughout the Academy.
We provide effective support to students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, starting from our first contact with parents and carers when the students join our Academy. We make sure that additional needs are identified early, and offer a range of provision to meet the identified needs. To achieve this we work with a wide range of professionals to make sure all young people receive the support they need to make progress at Queensbury Academy.
Concerns and questions regarding Special Educational Need and Disability should be directed to:
Sian Jones - SENCo
Rachel Mason - Senior Vice Principal Inclusion
Please call 01582 601241 to speak to Sian or Rachel. Alternatively, you can email them (click here)
Identifying Children’s Additional Needs
For most students information about their learning needs is gained by our strong transition arrangements with our feeder schools. We may also find that a young person needs additional help when concerns are raised by a parent/carer, by the young person’s teacher or by the young person themself. We may be alerted to these needs by a teacher or parent/carer if a young person was making limited progress or if there was a change in their behaviour. We are also alerted to additional needs through health and care professionals.
Parent/carers can contact the child’s tutor at any time should they be worried about their child and they will be kept informed of the assessments conducted to identify a need. If necessary a meeting will be arranged with the Academy ‘s SENCo, parent/carer and young person to discuss the support needed and make plans. These plans would then be reviewed regularly throughout the year. Further assessment may involve specialists such as the Academy’s Educational Psychologist.
Range of support available:
· Curriculum differentiation
· Support development (individual mentoring, small group sessions)
· Literacy and Numeracy support
· Specific Individual Support
· Support for Health needs (School nurse, Brook, Plan B, CAMH)
· Breakfast club, break and lunchtime facility, after school homework club
· Departmental support sessions to support revision
· Holiday revision sessions
· Access to our Inclusion Rooms
· Personalised Learning
· Liaison with other agencies who can offer support
Involving students and parent/carers in planning support:
· Planning and Review meetings
· Advice on how to support learning at home
· Regular contact between home and school (email, phone calls, letters)
· Individual student/teacher conversations
· Consultation evenings
· Parent partnership meetings
Measuring Student Progress
Academic progress is recorded at Queensbury Academy four times a year in October, December, January and March, and information is sent home as a progress sheet or a written report. We also measure progress by considering a young persons individual needs and learning targets, and these are assessed through discussions between the SENCo and staff supporting the student . Meetings with parent/carers and student will also occur to discuss this information and agree new or additional targets.
Training of Academy Staff:
The training needs of all staff are identified and implemented via the Academy’s Continual Professional Development Plan. The Academy SENCo has the required National Award and can deliver training or call on the assistance of specialist providers as necessary ( e.g. Hearing Impairment Team, Educational Psychologist )
Accessibility of the Academy:
We have a ramp enabling wheelchair access to Technology and Art in the West Building and a ramp allowing wheelchair access to Science in East.
All students are encouraged to participate in all Academy activities. They are allocated responsibilities around the school on an equal basis and may join the school council and/or become a mentor, buddy or prefect. School trips are accompanied by teaching staff and Learning Support Assistants. Any external agencies who work with our students are expected to include all interested students.
Teaching staff are made aware of the variety of learning needs and plan lessons to ensure all are included and make progress accordingly
Starting or changing school/academy
Careful consideration is given to preparing all students for transition to the Academy. Meetings are arranged during the summer term with the feeder schools and with the parent/carer to discuss need. Learning Support Assistants liaise with the support staff from feeder schools and will meet with the students. Visits to the Academy are arranged well in advance in order to help prepare the young person for the move to the academy.
Support and training for parent/carers
Parent partnership termly meetings
Signposting of agencies available to support
Please see this website:
Telephone number: 01582 601241
New Arrangements for Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
On 1 September 2014 the Government introduced a new Code of Practice for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).
By 1 April 2018, local authorities must have transferred all children and young people with Statements to the new system. For the vast majority of children and young people with Statements, this will mean that they will be transferred to an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
The EHC Plan is a document that will set out a child or young person’s educational, health and social care needs in one single document. The timing of the transfer to EHC plan will depend on the child’s age, the type of school they go to and their individual circumstances. The priority will be young people who are transferring from school to a post-16 institution or apprenticeship (in Year 11), or are moving to further education colleges or transferring from primary to secondary education.
If your child has a Statement of Special educational Need, when it is time for it to be converted, we will invite you to a Transfer Review Meeting to start the process of converting the Statement into an EHC Plan. This will take place instead of your child’s annual review meeting. We will contact you before the meeting to find out who you would like to be invited to the Transfer Review Meeting. Independent Support is available to guide you and your child through the transfer process. A leaflet about this support can be obtained from www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer/parentpartnership
You can get more information about these changes or about the support and services that are available locally by visiting the Local Authority’s ‘Local Offer’. The Local Offer is a dedicated section of the Central Bedfordshire website that provides lots of information for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families. It can be found at: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer
You can also be kept up to date with news and changes to the Local Offer by signing up to receive email alerts at http://bit.ly/LocalOffer