The Academy aims to give every student the opportunity to reach their full potential. It recognises too, that all students have their own particular needs and seeks to ensure that each student is able to learn, experience success and feel valued in an environment free from obstacles and prejudice.
A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.
The Academy is committed to ensuring all students receive their full entitlement to a whole-school curriculum. The documents below outline our procedures and how we support our pupils.
Key members of the SEND department
- Director of SEND and Inclusion – Mrs S. Sharma
- SENCO – Mrs S. Sharma
- Head of SWC – Mrs J. Whittman
- Assistant SENCO – Mrs N. Vant
The St Werburgh Centre (SWC) provision is for students aged 11-19 with a primary SEN designation of ASD, with associated learning difficulties.The Centre is a Local Education Authority (Medway) Specialist Resource Provision, which is designed to meet the needs of the growing number of pupils with difficulties in communication and interaction. The provision currently offers an adapted curriculum, environment and teaching strategies to 56 pupils with an EHCP to ensure they achieve their full potential.
All pupils in the centre will continue to follow an integrated model, giving them the opportunity to attend mainstream lessons, however the centre will provide them with an alternative if they are struggling to access classes around the academy.
All students placed at the Centre will have an Education, Health and Social Care Plan (EHCP) with a clear diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Pupils will have the potential to cope within an environment that is fully integrated with the mainstream, with appropriate support.
Admission to the Centre is based on assessment of each individual student’s needs. In addition to a diagnosis of ASD, each student referred to the Centre will be assessed by the Head of Centre to ensure that the student’s needs can be met without detriment to the efficient education of other students attending the Centre or The Hundred of Hoo Academy.