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SEN Information Report: Kettering Buccleuch Academy 2016/17

These pages set out information about our provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). They are updated annually.


About our academy

Kettering Buccleuch Academy provides for children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs including those with:

  • Communication and interaction needs;

this includes children who have speech language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.

  • Cognition and Learning needs;

this includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
  • Sensory and/or Physical needs;

this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning


We are a mainstream academy with an inclusion support base providing structured interventions for students over a period of time depending on the student’s needs.


Our special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCo) are: Mandy Morrison (Primary) and Clare Thomas (Secondary)

He/she can be contacted on: 01536 515644

Our governor with responsibility for SEN is: Steve Mutton


Our SEN policy can be found on the school website.

Our Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan can be found on the school website.


How do we identify and give extra help to children and young people with SEN?

The academy uses Northamptonshire’s County Council’s Policies and Guidance in supporting Special Educational Needs.

The guidance sets out:

  • How we identify if a child or young person has a special educational need.
  • How we assess children and plan for their special educational needs, and how we adapt our teaching.
  • Ways in which we can adapt our school environment to meet each child’s needs
  • How we review progress and agree outcomes and involve you and your child in this.


Click here to read it:




How do we work with parents and children/young people?

We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a child or young person may have a special educational need.

We work closely with children and young people with SEN and their parents to agree outcomes and how we will all work towards these, and then to review progress. We do this by reviewing student’s progress three times every year.


Adapting the curriculum

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and young people including those with SEN.  Details are published on the school website. The way we adapt this for children with SEN and disabled children is set out in the Academy Accessibility Plan.


We have additional sessions in Literacy and Numeracy in years 7, 8 and 9 which allows students extra time for tuition in Maths and English.


We offer support for young people who need assistance with their social, emotional and mental health. This can be in small groups or via 1:1 support.


Alternative Provision (Years 10 and 11)

We offer alternative provision for students that are in Years 10 and 11 and undertake either all of the majority of their lessons on a reduced timetable. It has been designed to enable these students to remain within a mainstream educational setting; as opposed to becoming a potential permanent exclusion.  Those students who have had extended absence due to illness or other attendance related issues, may also be educated with this provision for a short period of time, prior to reintegration back into a mainstream setting.



What expertise can we offer?

Our SENCo’s hold and are currently undertaking the National Award for Special Education Needs Coordination at a Masters level.

All staff have basic awareness level training in working with students with Special Needs.

We have staff who have received enhanced training in Child Protection.

There are also members of staff who have trained at a specialist level in working with children with Speech. Language and Communication needs.

Teaching assistants are trained to support the particular needs of the children they work with and we have HLTA’s working within the team.


We also have access to a range of specialist support services including

Educational Psychology

Behaviour Support

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

School Inclusion Team

Therapy services

Early Intervention

Children’s Social Care


Information about these services and what they offer can be found on the Northamptonshire’s County Council SEN web pages: 



We always discuss the involvement of specialist SEN services with parents first.


We also work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.


How do we know if SEN provision is effective?

The progress of all children/young people is tracked throughout the school through data analysis at all levels.


In addition for children/young people with SEN we regularly review progress towards agreed outcomes assessing whether the support that’s been in place has made a difference and what we need to do next.  We evaluate this progress against age related expectations.


When we run special intervention programmes for groups of children we assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run them in the future.


Information about how the governing body evaluate the success of the education that is provided for pupils with SEN is contained in the governors’ annual SEN report. 


How are children and young people with SEN helped to access activities outside of the classroom?

All children and young people are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010.  We talk to parents and young people when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen. 


Northamptonshire’s accessibility strategy can be read at:




What do we do to support the wellbeing of children/young people with SEN?

All children have the opportunity to share their views through their school council representatives and during pupil voice sessions and hearing the child’s voice at one page profile review meetings.

We listen to the views of children/young people with SEN by asking for their opinions during reviews, at the start and end of interventions and through questionnaires.

We take bullying very seriously.  We help to prevent bullying of children/young people with SEN by taking a restorative approach to conflicts and ensuring we act upon reports swiftly, taking time to listen to all those involved.


Joining the school and moving on

We encourage all new children to visit the school before starting.  For children/young people with SEN we arrange additional transition sessions.


We begin to prepare young people for transition into the next stage of their education or training by arranging visits to college, taster days and work experience.


Who to contact

If you are concerned about your child please contact their tutor in the first instance.


If you’d like to feedback, including compliments and complaints about SEN provision please email the SENCo’s: Clare Thomas (Secondary) and Mandy Morrison (Primary)

clarethomas@kba.uk and mandymorrison@kba.uk

 We aim to respond to any complaints within 10 days.


If you’d like impartial advice from Northamptonshire Parent Partnership Service contact http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/EducationandLearning/special-educational-needs-disability-support/Pages/Information-advice-support-services.aspx



Northamptonshire’s Local Offer contains lots of information for parents. Click here to see it: http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/EducationandLearning/special-educational-needs-disability-support/local-offer/Pages/default.aspx. Our school has contributed to the county’s Local Offer through attendance at a training workshop and through trialling of new guidance and systems