Special Needs local offer
The 2014 Children’s and Families Act states that all Local Authorities must publish a Local Offer of services which are available for all students who have Special Needs and Disabilities; additionally, each individual school must also publish a Local Offer of what provision is available for students who have Special Needs and Disabilities. Following consultation with parents at the end of June this year, we agreed the following Education Health Care Local Offer for Longbenton High School.
Longbenton High School prides ourselves on the fact that we are a fully inclusive school, where all students matter and are at the heart of decision making. All of our teaching staff are aware of the needs of each individual child and how to best support them in their learning, ensuring maximum progress for all. The support towards individual development goes far beyond the classroom, encompassing a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities which include: Year 7 residential trip to High Borrans; Year 10 Sailing trip; Duke of Edinburgh Award for students in Years 10–14; Social Connect Group; Literacy Club; Numeracy Club; Homework Club.
Our Learning Support and Pastoral Support are highlighted by parents as being strengths of the school; we welcome working in partnership with parents, in addition to any other professionals who work alongside individual children. It is this shared responsibility that ensures optimum success for all students. We recognise the importance of health, wellbeing and care for all students, as well as ensuring that each child is encouraged and motivated towards their academic potential.
Our transition work with students is exemplary. Parents of children in Year 4 or above are invited to an Open Evening each September and we actively encourage parents to return to visit the college during the school day, in order that the normal day-to-day special ethos of Longbenton can be experienced. Towards the end of the summer term we host a Partnership With Parents evening in addition to incoming Year 7 students spending a whole day in college undertaking transition activities. Importantly, however, we recognise that some students need significantly more support towards a successful transition: working alongside parents and/or primary schools, we therefore tailor a personalised transition package to meet the needs of each child. As part of this personalised approach, students may become part of our Transition Nurture Group, or may be invited to attend our two week Summer School.
We are fortunate to have the Melrose Centre as part of Longbenton High School. The Melrose Centre is an Additionally Resourced Provision for up to 25 students with core Autism and associated learning difficulties; students within the centre are provided with opportunities for inclusion into all aspects of college life, ranging from assemblies to extra-curricular activities.