For students coming into Year 7 at The Academy at Shotton Hall, the Head of Year 7 and SENCO, endeavour to visit all primary schools where there are students coming to The Academy at Shotton Hall. They meet with Year 6 teachers or leaders to gain as much information as possible about these students, including SEN information. The Head of Year 7 contacts other primary schools by telephone to gain the same information. For students with SEN, the SENCO receives all relevant year 6 information, including SEN files. Parents/Carers of students with SEN in primary schools whose child will be coming to The Academy at Shotton Hall are always welcome to contact our SENCO who will discuss your child and their provision on the telephone or arrange a meeting for you (and your child if appropriate) to come in to discuss this.
All Year 6 students who will be attending The Academy at Shotton Hall, are invited in for a transition day in the summer term, when they spend the day in their new sept group and take part in activities to help them adjust to life at The Academy at Shotton Hall . They also visit for a day where they take part in lessons and familiarise themselves with the layout of the school. Many students with SEN are invited in for extra transition sessions to introduce them to life at The Academy at Shotton Hall to try to allay any anxieties as much as possible.
For students with an EHC, the SENCO will attend Year 6 Statement Review meetings to begin to understand the needs of these students and plan their transition. For students with high transition needs, the SENCO will put in place a more personalised transition programme, in conjunction with the primary school and parents/carers. Parents/Carers of students with Statements of Special Educational Needs in Year 5 who are considering a placement at The Academy at Shotton Hall are very welcome to contact the SENCO at The Academy at Shotton Hall at any time to discuss their child’s needs or arrange a meeting or visit to the Academy.
For students leaving Year 11, the SENCO works with our post 16 provision coordinator, vocational experience administrator, careers advisors and the One Point service to ensure that all students have thought through their next steps and have appropriate applications to post-16 providers. We also liaise with their next provider to ensure that they understand about a student’s support needs by providing a learning disability assessment (LDA) created in conjunction with students, families and the One Point service. All students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will have access to the above services from Year 10 onwards.