SEN and Disability School Offer

Our SEN and Disability School Offer is designed to share information with parents that explains the type of support their children can expect at Brimsham Green School.  It has been completed in conjunction with our students and parents/carers.

Queries relating to our School Offer should be directed to our SENCO, Mr G Russell: Telephone 01454 868 888 or e-mail grussell@brimsham.com  Additional information can be found on the school website.

Details relating to South Gloucestershire Council's SEN and Disability Local Offer can be viewed here.

How does Brimsham Green know if my child needs extra help?
What should I do if I think my child has SEN?
How will Brimsham Green School communicate to all staff that my child has SEN or a disability and the support that he or she will need?
How will Brimsham staff support my child’s SEND?
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

If your child is new to Brimsham Green information regarding their prior learning, attainment and additional needs will be passed on by the previous school and/or Local Authority. Within school, students are regularly assessed and monitored by classroom teachers and concerns may be flagged by any member of staff, parent/carer of the student themselves.

Firstly, please don’t panic! We are here to help and reassure you. In school we have students with a wide range of needs who have strengths and areas of weakness and this is normal. Helping students to feel successful as learners and recognise their own profile as a learner sits at the heart of our school ethos.

If you have a concern you can raise this in a number of ways, e.g. Parent’s evening, contacting your child’s tutor or subject teacher, contacting the Student Support Co-ordinator or head of year, contacting our SENCO.

Information about individual learning needs is shared with staff via the school’s secure information system (SIMS) and through student profiles, which also provide strategies for supporting your child with their learning and social behaviour.

High quality planning and teaching encompasses all needs and ability levels. The Supportive Education Team works within all curriculum areas to ensure that more bespoke packages of support are provided when appropriate.

Brimsham Green School is committed to inclusion and all of our students have access to the full curriculum. However, for those with the most complex level of need, a more bespoke curriculum can be discussed with the SENCO.

How will staff at Brimsham Green School know how my child is doing?
How will I know how my child is doing?
How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Brimsham Green School?

All classroom teachers are responsible for the monitoring and assessment of their students, which are formally recorded on a termly basis and overseen by Subject Leaders and the Senior Leadership Team.

Regular assessment points throughout the year provide you with formal data reports, which you will be able to discuss in greater detail with teaching staff during the regular Parents Evenings. If your child has a Statement of Education, Health and Care Plan then you will be invited to three additional meetings with your child’s key worker.

Our home learning programme provides opportunities for you to actively engage in aspects of your child’s learning at Brimsham Green School. For students with an identified SEND, home support can be discussed with the keyworker by arranging a meeting with a member of the team.

Brimsham Green School is known for its outstanding pastoral care. The students and their parents or carers are central to this process. The Supportive Education department works closely with tutors, student support coordinators and heads of year to ensure our students wellbeing.

Students with an ECHP or a statement also have a key worker who is responsible for monitoring their progress and keeping in close contact with the students and their parents/carers.

The school employs a behaviour support coordinator and counsellors for students who benefit from more specialised support.

In addition to our own skills of expertise, staff at Brimsham work in close collaboration with a range of experts from outside agencies, such as Educational Psychologists, medical professionals and colleagues from Social Care.

What training have staff at Brimsham Green School had regarding supporting students with SEND?
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
How accessible is Brimsham Green School?
How will Brimsham Green prepare and support my child for transition in secondary school?
How will Brimsham Green School prepare and support my child for transition from KS3 (7-9) to KS4 (10 and 11)?

A timetabled programme of SEND training is incorporated into the general staff professional development programme and this includes supporting students with physical needs, visual impairment, autistic spectrum, ADHD, PDA, hearing impairment, augmentative and alternative communication, dyslexia training, manual handling, epipen training, gastro tube feeding, catheterisation, Makaton, cough assist, convene training, epilepsy training.  Additional training is provided to meet a student's specific needs.

A number of enrichment activities take place at lunchtime and after school which are accessible to all students. The supportive education department also runs an after school home learning support club and an activities club for SEND students. A range of activities including craft, music, and sport and riding for the disabled are offered and transport can be provided for students who travel to school by taxi.

Brimsham Green School is wheelchair accessible and complies with the disability regulations. Buildings are single story with the exception of one building which has a lift. All buildings are accessible through electric doors. Classrooms are fitted with specialist equipment such as height adjustable tables, work benches and accessible ovens and sinks. All equipment, in practical lessons, is adapted for access for students with a physical disability. The provision is regularly reviewed by the Occupational Therapist. There are adapted tables, within the canteen, to allow students with SEND to eat alongside their peers.

Staff work with Year 6 teachers and SENCO’S, students and you, the parent/carer, to ensure that your child is ready for the transition to secondary school. A programme of transition visits can be arranged and students have a number of opportunities to find the answers to their questions before arriving in September.

Transition from one phase to another will always be carefully planned and discussed with parents. Information is shared via the school website and newsletter and additional Parent Information Evenings provide opportunities for you to find out about the move to GCSE or Post 16. In years 9 and 11, students will be offered support through 1:1 meetings with key staff.

How will Brimsham Green School prepare and support my child for post 16 transitions both within and outside of Brimsham Green School?
How are Brimsham Green School resources allocated and matched to student’s SEN?
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
How will I be involved in Brimsham Green School as the parent of a child with SEND?
Who can I contact for further information?

For students with statements/ECHPs, the year 11 annual review meeting is an opportunity to consider all the options available for post 16. For some students this will mean a transition to a local college, whilst others will be best served by the courses available at Brimsham Green and the Cotswold link post 16 provision. At this review plans will be made for adjusting the provision to reflect the student’s changing needs. Year 11 annual review meetings take place in term 2, in order to ensure that the move to college is given appropriate planning time.

Brimsham Green School nurtures the limitless potential of all learners, inspiring students and staff to excel. We have access to a wide range of strategies and resources for supporting students. Support is provided. To develop core skills and build learner confidence. We want our students to leave Brimsham Green with the skills they need to be independent in their community.

All students at Brimsham Green School are subject to the same assessments and granted the same opportunities for development and support. However, some students will not make the same progress and this may be flagged as a concern by parents/carers, teachers, support staff or the students themselves.

As an inclusive school, parents of all children are encouraged to be involved in the Brimsham Green School community. The school endeavours to ensure that all community events and extra-curricular activities are accessible and therefore we make no distinction between groups of parents/carers.

Opportunities to become involved with the school governing body and or parent focus groups are advertised through the school newsletter and the website.

Further information on the school prospectus and the Resource Base can be obtained from the school office. Additional information can also be downloaded from the pdf below. Visits can be arranged to meet the resource base managers and the SENCO by contacting Mrs Bonnick Headteacher's PA on 01454 868 888 or via email (admin@brimsham.com) if you wish to make an appointment.