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Godolphin Junior Academy

The Godolphin Junior Academy is a vibrant community. There are many opportunities for pupils to learn about their rights and responsibilities and to be involved in the life of the school.

There are currently approximately 480 pupils in our popular school. We serve a very supportive local community. We are an Academy and form part of The Park Federation of Academies established in September 2012. It is a community-focused Multi-Academy Trust and there are currently eight academies in the trust. Our academies are safe, happy and creative places where excellent behaviour, hard work and ambitious academic standards are prized and nurtured. Every family is welcome, respected and encouraged to play an active part in their children's learning. All children have opportunities to grow in self-belief, express their individuality, and develop the confidence to take the next step in life and their next step in learning. We aim to be a springboard to success!

We are a four form entry school, with a maximum of 30 pupils (a figure set by our Board of Governors) within each class. 

We take great pride in setting challenging targets with our pupils and then putting into place the necessary structures and teaching methods that make these targets achievable.

The school is a well kept 1930’s building, with a more recent addition of an upper school building of innovative, contemporary design. We are surrounded by playing fields, two playgrounds, a wild space, outdoor classroom, picnic area, fitness trail, vegetable growing area and gardens.

Who to contact

Name
Helen Abell
Position
Principal
Telephone
01753 521481
Email
gjaoffice@theparkfederation.org
Website
Godolphin Junior Academy

Where to go

Name
The Godolphin Junior Academy
Address
Oatlands Drive
Slough
Berkshire
Postcode
SL1 3HS

Other Details

Availability

Other notes

The Godolphin Academy has an eight place resource base for pupils with complex needs.

Local Offer

Contact Name
Mrs Anne Tudor
Contact Telephone
01753 521 481
Contact Email
atudor@theparkfederation.org
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)

Extended Local Offer Response


Special Educational Needs Policy
  • The Godolphin Junior Academy Special Educational Needs policy aims to put into practice the fundamental principles of the Code of Practice 2014 on the identification, assessment of and provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs.
  • We aim to ensure SEND pupils at The Godolphin Junior Academy receive a consistent, high quality provision to meet their needs and that their parents/carers are involved in supporting the child’s learning, informed about the support and involved in the review.
  • Please find the following polices on the school’s website and available from the school office

-       SEND

-       Curriculum

-       Equality

-       Behaviour

-       Slough Borough Council Local Offer

-       Complaints

Teaching and Learning
  • Pupils’ needs are met through high quality teaching and learning.
  • All staff ensure that pupils in the school are making expected progress by reducing or removing barriers to learning, by careful assessment, target setting, differentiated learning activities, planning, use of targeted adult support and high expectations
  • Resources and the environment are adapted as required with the support of appropriate professionals.
  • Use of IT equipment when appropriate to support learning.
  • Teaching Assistants to provide support either 1:1 or small group support.
  • Pupil’s progress is continually monitored to identify next steps for learning and areas for development.
  • Pupil Progress meetings (PPMs) and Inclusion meetings are held with year groups and Senior Leaders to discuss pupil’s needs and learning.

 

Identifying and Assessing Special Educational Needs

At The Godolphin Junior Academy, we believe that it is vital to identify, as early as possible, any child who is finding it difficult to make progress in their learning. Early support often helps pupils to succeed.

Pupils may be identified as having a special educational need by:

  •  Concerns raised by parents/carers
  •  Concerns raised by class teachers/members of staff
  •  Assessments/observations

Where pupil’s progress is limited, further assessments may be required to determine whether a pupil is experiencing a barrier to their learning. The SENCO will discuss with parents any need to make a referral for external professionals to support the pupil’s learning; for example Speech and Language, Educational Psychologist etc.

Information shared by medical professionals and Speech and Language Therapists

The SEND team at The Godolphin Junior Academy work closely with Phoenix Infant School and other promary schools to ensure all relevant information is shared. Therefore any concerns that are known can be catered for. At The Godolphin Junior Academy we follow the graduated approach set out in the 2001 and 2014 Codes of Practice – assess, plan, do and review. The Godolphin Junior Academy will follow the guidance set out in the SEND Code of Practice (2014) Section 6. 28 – 6.35 to identify SEND needs.

For Children Looked After (CLA) we support the child through termly PEP meetings to ensure that all adults, carers and professionals are involved in decision-making and by carefully monitoring CLA pupil’s progress.

Involving Parents and Children and Young People in Planning and Reviewing Progress

We value and respect every pupil’s view. At The Godolphin Junior Academy we strive to ensure each pupil has the confidence so that they can make their voice and opinion heard. During reviews, pupil’s opinions are sought and parents are encouraged to share their goals for their child. Parents’ views, experiences and knowledge of their child are invaluable to us, as they provide a fuller picture of what the child is experiencing.Translators can be provided for any parent requiring this service.

Pupils identified as having an additional need will be given an individual plan; an Academic, Care and Enrichment (ACE) Plan.These will have small achievable targets for the child, which will be discussed with parents and reviewed at least once a term. Staff will work closely with parents and utilise the services of external professionals if required. Information from external professionals will be discussed with parents and with the professional involved or a written report provided.

The Godolphin Junior Academy holds Pupil Parent Review meetings twice a year; however parents are welcome to arrange a meeting at any time to discuss their child’s progress. Parents are also encouraged to come into school and take part in our open days and drop-in sessions.

Additional Support

With parent’s permission, relevant specialist support from external agencies will be provided to any pupil who is highlighted as having a special educational need.

We have strong links with external agencies providing this support:

  •  Speech and Language Therapists
  •  Educational Psychology Service
  •  Occupational Therapist
  •  Autism Berkshire
  •  Sensory Consortium Service
  •  Early Help Assessment
  •  Access to Art Therapy
  •  CAMHS

Where necessary specific groups are targeted for intervention work within the classroom or beyond. These sessions will be delivered by appropriately trained staff. Support also can be provided for pupils through the Resource Base Unit.

Extra Activities

Risk assessments for all pupils are carried out before attending offsite visits or organising visitors to the school.

The Godolphin Junior Academy always makes all reasonable adjustments to school visits to take account of the needs of all pupils and ensure equality of opportunity. Where necessary, parents or carers are consulted prior to a school trip and it may be appropriate for the parent or carer to accompany their own child on a visit.

All pupils, including those with special needs, are supported and encouraged to take part in out of hours activities including participating in Slough School Sports Partnership competitions.

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children and Young People with SEN

The Godolphin Junior Academy’s core principles are to ensure that every child is able to develop in self-esteem and confidence. Every member of staff is responsible for the emotional and social wellbeing of each pupil.Pupils are supported with their social and emotional development throughout the curriculum. Members of staff are available to support individual pupils in their social and emotional development and a number of staff members are trained Mental Health Champions. The Resource Base unit provides social skills support which includes sensory experience, social interaction/stories and scripts.

We have a Behaviour Policy, which includes guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions. We have an Inclusion Team and a behaviour support team to support and monitor pupil behaviour and address any issues. There are high expectations of behaviour at the Academy.

We encourage pupils to be well-mannered, kind and respectful towards one another and to take pride in themselves and their behaviour. For pupils who may need some assistance we can offer:

  •  Godolphin Geckos lunchtime club
  •  1:1 support from a member of the Inclusion Team
  •  Nurture groups/ELSA ( Emotional Literacy Support)

If required, referrals to external agencies to provide support for emotional and behavioural needs are made such as:

  •  Social Care
  •  Early Help
  •  Art Therapy
  •  SEBDOS
Keeping Up to Date with Knowledge and Skills

At The Godolphin Junior Academy we are committed to further developing the skills and knowledge of the staff supporting pupils with SEND.

The Academy has regular training for all staff to further develop teaching skills and to promote the learning outcomes of all pupils.

Transitions

At The Godolphin Junior Academy we recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for pupils with SEN. We aim to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. Academy staff members ensure that there is an effective handover of classes to share information and facilitate progression. Any gaps in learning and barriers are identified and strategies are shared to ensure that the pupils settle into their new class or new school.

Pre-school visits are organised for both new pupils and those moving on to Secondary Schools.

Transition books are sometimes created to help pupils to familiarise themselves with their new class. These books may contain photographs of the new classroom, teachers and other staff who will be supporting their learning and of other learning areas they will be using. For some pupils,  Social Stories are created to help pupils to understand the change.

Helpful Contacts

The Director of Inclusion/SENDCo  at the school is Mrs Anne Tudor, atudor@theparkfederation.org  Tel: 01753 521 481.

SEND Governor Aftab Aslam

Slough SEND Team - Cheryl.orgill@slough.gov.uk

Slough Service for Autism 01753 787 692

Last Updated
14/10/2019

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations