Dormanstown Primary Academy is an inclusive learning environment, celebrating all children as individuals, and matching teaching and learning closely to their needs. We follow the Trust’s graduated response, which allows us to provide appropriate support and challenge to children.
Specialist SEND Provision
Our specialist SEND provision is designated to cater for children with ASD, moderate and specific learning difficulties. Our SEND team are experienced in dealing with children with these needs. Children are referred for places through an application process by educational psychologists, the LA SEN panel and occasionally directly from mainstream schools. The provision cannot be accessed from our mainstream academy, or by request from parents. There are 50 places available from Reception to year 6. Children are admitted initially on a 16 week provisional placement. This allows us to work closely with parents, the homes school and other professionals to ensure that we are able to fully meet the needs of the child.
We work closely with the SEND team from the Trust and a range of external professionals who provide assessments, advice, intervention or therapy, if required. The staff are committed to further developing their expertise through additional training and CPD programmes.
We believe that effective parent partnership is fundamentally important in the education of children, but particularly those with special needs. Termly parent consultations, reviews, and creative days all contribute to establishing quality relationships between home and schools.
Children who attend Dormanstown have access to a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. Mainstream and SEN pupils follow the same curriculum, activities, events and after school activities. Teaching is modified to take account of individual pupils’ specific learning needs but remains challenging to ensure that all children achieve their full potential. Where appropriate, SEN pupils will integrate into mainstream classes. Targets are agreed for all learners and SEND pupils are expected and supported to make excellent progress. During their time in the classes, children are assessed by our staff and multi-agency professionals who advise on the most appropriate educational provision for the children in the future. Multi-agency panel meetings are held twice a year to discuss each child’s progress and identify the most suitable future provision to best meet the child’s needs.