It is paramount that students with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive the correct provision and support. We have a large number of staff whose role in school is to work with our SEND students in order to maximise their enjoyment and success whilst at Ridgewood.
How do we identify students with additional needs?
When students arrive in Year 7, we use information from their primary school alongside their KS2 data and the CATs (cognitive ability tests) we conduct in order to assess their needs, to identify if intervention to support literacy or numeracy is required, and to assess potential and set targets for students as they move through the key stages.
What support do these students receive?
Students identified as requiring additional support can then access a wide range of resources, which may include one-to-one in-class support, additional taught lessons in curriculum time, collaboration with outside agencies, or an Individual Education or Behaviour Plan. We make sure that all teachers in the school are aware not only of these students’ needs, but also of their learning preferences and their personal likes and dislikes inside and beyond the classroom.
How are children with ASD supported?
Some of our students at Ridgewood have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (also known as ASD, Autism, or Asperger’s). We have a dedicated ASD support base called ‘The Pod’, which acts as a safe place for students, and from where a variety of Autism friendly activities and interventions are run. Students on the Autistic Spectrum engage in social skills and life skills sessions, have individual and small group mentoring, BfL coaching, specific safety intervention, and input around puberty and relationships. They develop an understanding of social boundaries and appropriate behaviours within a secure environment, and as they move into KS4 these students undertake activities such as independent travel training in order to prepare them for the real world. We recently received an award for our work with students with ASD.
We also have extensive support available for students with hearing impairments, physical difficulty, EHCP plans, those requiring in-school support and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Who could provide more information?
At Ridgewood, we want all our students to succeed and to feel part of a school community where everyone is valued equally. If you would like any more information about our SEND provision, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we would be happy to speak to you.
Click on the links below to read our SEND report and the local offer for SEND. To contact our SENCO, please use our 'Contact Us' facility.
Any complaints from parents of children with special educational needs about the support provided by the school will be dealt with by the SEND team.