The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department at Upton Court Grammar School is proud of our proven track record of managing and meeting the special medical and additional educational needs of our students who have a wide range of disabilities and other difficulties. We are committed to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all of our students including those with SEN. We devote time and energy to ensure that all of our students have every opportunity to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
All pupils are given access to the prospect of experiencing the depth and breadth of opportunity that our curriculum and wider school life allows. They also have access to a wide range of additional activities, support and educational study visits to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities.
On entrance to UCGS in year 7 all pupils complete a reading and spelling age assessment and appropriate support is given to encourage all students to reach their full potential in literacy across the curriculum to ensure that they can excel in all areas of school life and personal development.
Further assessment and monitoring throughout their years with us ensures that we are able to highlight areas of concern and address issues as they arise with suitable and appropriate strategies of support.
We promote the inclusion of all students within the whole life of the school with measurable success. We have experience of, and provide support for students with a wide range of disabilities. These include students who are wheelchair users and have other physical or sensory impairment. We also have students on the autistic spectrum and a number with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties for whom individualised programmes of support ensure that they are able to benefit from all that the school has to offer. Students with specific learning difficulties also benefit from a multi-sensory and holistic approach to teaching.
Special arrangements are made for examinations where this is appropriate throughout their time with us and recommendations are made for additional special considerations for individual students as necessary. Timetable and curriculum adjustments are made where this will benefit a specific student with additional needs and promote their inclusion in the whole life of the school while allowing them to flourish and shine at school.
We have a dedicated SEN team who work alongside teaching staff and the senior leadership team to offer invaluable support to individual students and their families as well as to other members of staff as necessary. They work with individual students and with small groups to promote a positive learning environment for all and encourage our students towards success in all areas of life.
We are also fortunate to be able to access the support and expertise of a wide variety of external professionals working in specific fields of Special Educational Needs. They provide support to students, their families and school staff as required. We also meet as multi agencies to ensure that we are able to offer the best package of support to every individual student.
We have a specialist facility which enables students with physical and medical difficulties to have the privacy and dignity that they require to meet their individual needs adequately for personal hygiene, administration of medication, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy.
We celebrate the diversity of our school population and encourage all students to develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of difference in whatever form that takes and to enjoy the richness that this brings to participation in our school community.
Director of Student Welfare
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