Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
It is estimated that one in five children need extra support at some time in their school lives. Early identification of children with additional needs is made by close consultation with parents from school entry and by the monitoring of individual pupils through the regular assessments and observations that take place in school.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) follows up a teacher’s concern and works with the teacher to look at ways to help the child. If necessary the child is placed on the Special Needs Register and a Pupil Passport is devised. These provide individual targets for children and are linked specifically to their individual needs. The targets are shared with children and parents and are regularly reviewed; new targets may be set or the child may be removed from the SEN register if the difficulty has been resolved. Parents are fully involved in all discussions about their child’s progress. Where appropriate, additional support may be sought from an external agency. Any referral to an outside agency is undertaken with parental consent.
Sometimes the support for a child may involve a referral to an Educational Psychologist. Rarely this may lead to the longer-term support of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) but this is only for a severe high level of need, usually where a child may need to attend a complex needs school in the future. An EHCP is a legal statement about the child’s educational provision, which is reviewed regularly.
By identifying barriers to learning we support children to make good personal progress. We firmly believe that all children have strengths and talents in different areas and work hard to ensure they experience success in whichever area they can.
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns about their child’s progress, development or welfare with the class teacher, Headteacher or SENCO (Ms Amanda Darroch).
Our SEND governor is: Mrs Lucy Purvis
Norfolk SEND Partnership offer information and advice to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).