SEND Frequently Asked Questions
How many students are there in the group? What is the staff/pupil ratio?
Group sizes may vary but for Entry Level it is usually between eight and ten students depending on the individual support needs within the group. There is always a Tutor and Teaching assistant are allocated according to the individual needs of the students. This is planned at the transition stage and may be increased or decreased following reviews of progress. Some students may have high support needs in which case there is 1:1 support in the class and also at break times.
Are students supervised at lunch/break times? What is the staff ratio?
Parents/carers routinely comment favourably on our inclusive environment. Students are encouraged to mix with others in order to develop social skills and are supervised during all breaks and lunch times. Depending on the needs of the individual student this could be 1:1 or through group support.
Can the College provide any equipment that the young person might need?
Each individual student’s needs are taken into account and students are asked during the interview process if they require any assistive technology or specialised equipment to support their learning. The College will endeavour to purchase what is needed for individual students.
What type of experience do staff have?
Our staff are knowledgeable and experienced in working with students who have learning difficulties and disabilities. Teaching staff have also taught in a wide variety of settings including PMLD, MLD and SLD schools and different educational settings. All staff – whether teaching or support – take part in continues professional development and which includes working with external practitioners. There is a well-respected observation and professional development programme in operation which was judged to be Good by Ofsted inspectors in their report in 2021/22.