Our focus is on children and young people with Speech Language and Communication needs. Many pupils with other SEN labels also have SLCN, with some groups at higher risk than others. For example:
- Those with autism and autistic spectrum disorders
- Those with dyslexia
We will give priority to pupils with statements who have been diagnosed as having difficulties with speech, communication and literacy which are preventing them from learning in a mainstream setting. Each application will be assessed on an individual basis. In each case we will take account of the needs of the individual child and consider whether the school will be suitable for them. We will consider pupils who:
- Are aged between 8 and 18 at the time of admission.
- Have assessment or achievement data that reflects the low average to above average ability range
- Have a statement or EHC Plan which indicates specific difficulties with Speech Language and Communication needs
- May have additional difficulties associated with the main Speech Language and Communication diagnosis
Behavioural Indicators include:
- Difficulties in following instructions and concentration which makes an ordinary classroom setting difficult without high levels of support and structure;
- Highly atypical behaviour such as obsessive, challenging and/or withdrawn behaviours linked to communication difficulties
- Inappropriate use of language, abnormal responses to sensory experiences and poor communication leading to distress or emotional disturbance
- Highly inappropriate social behaviour leading to rejection by peers and social isolation, due to speech delay or inability to express themselves
- Poor progress as a result of language and literacy difficulties.
We do not cater for pupils with moderate or severe emotional and behaviour difficulties or moderate or severe learning difficulties as part of their primary need.
Churchill school is a modern, purpose built school. It comprises a range of different sized teaching areas which are equipped with appropriate furniture. There are individual work stations for pupils who benefit from working in this way as well as seating to facilitate 1-1 and small group work.
There are many features of the building which support an appropriate learning environment including insulation to reduce noise, appropriate flooring and carefully chosen lighting. The decoration in the building is supportive of pupil’s needs. Display is minimal.
There are a number of specialist teaching spaces including a science lab, cookery room, Art room and an ICT suite. Pupils are also able to access the facilities of Samuel Ward Academy including the newly refurbished music room and art barn. Throughout the building are a number of calming rooms and a sensory room. The dining room provides opportunities to eat alone or in small groups – at tables or bistro style. Upstairs there is a life skills area.