Student Support & SEND
The well being of all our students is paramount to us.
We place great emphasis on developing and maintaining positive relationships between students, staff and parents/carers. This shared commitment will facilitate maximum academic progress, excellent behaviour, respect for learning and involvement in a wide range of challenging, stimulating and worthwhile activities.
All students are placed in mixed ability tutor groups under the watchful eye and guidance of their personal tutor.
The personal tutor is the key member of staff for the students in their care and will usually be the first point of contact for parents/carers and other members of staff. At Laurus Ryecroft it is the intention for personal tutors to be assigned to their tutor groups for five years. In doing so they become fully aware of the students’ individual needs, personalities, strengths and possible areas for support. Parents/carers will also know that they are speaking to an informed member of staff who has already built up a bond of trust with their child.
Personal tutors are ably supported and led by a Head of Year. All our Heads of Year are non-teaching members of staff who are in the fortunate position of devoting 100% of their time to the care and welfare of our students.
Year councils and a full school council play important roles in planning for the future. These councils have been fully consulted on a number of issues, such as rewards, uniform and sanctions. Members of these councils are often used to show visitors and applicants around school and are involved in the selection procedure when new staff are appointed.
Trust director of SEND: Emma Warrington
We believe that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, should be given an equal opportunity to become the best that they can possibly be. We are committed to ensuring that all students have full entitlement and access to rich and diverse learning opportunities, which will open the doors to the future of their choice.
We work closely with students, parents/carers, teachers and outside agencies to:
- Create an environment in which students with SEND can fulfil their potential
- Enable students with SEND to function as independently as possible within the school environment and the outside world
- Create a partnership in which the school, home and other agencies work together for the benefit of students with SEND
- Ensure that the needs of our students are well identified and understood