East Leake Academy

East Leake Academy

East Leake Academy is an inclusive school where everyone is made to feel they belong. Our Academy vision - To inspire. To raise aspirations. To create brighter tomorrows. - promotes high expectations for all and ensures every student is enabled to reach their potential. Our core values - We empower, We respect, We care. - encourages students to support one another and demonstrate respect for diversity. Our inclusive ethos promotes "independence, equality, resilience and consideration for others" in addition to excellent teaching and learning for all students, regardless of needs. We aim to reduce the barriers to learning that may be experienced by students with SEND, by implementing the required support so that all students are able to participate.

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Esther Wilson
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01509 852424 01509 852424
East Leake Academy
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East Leake Academy
Lantern Lane
East Leake
LE12 6QN
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The school day begins at 8.30am and finishes for students at 3.05pm. There are 5 one hour lessons per day, plus a 20 minute Person Development session and a 20 minute Read session at the beginning of the school day. We offer homework club on Wednesday-Friday 3.05-4.00pm


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Further information about the provision made for pupils for special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found by clicking the link below.

Contact Name
Miss Harriet Wood, SENCo
Contact Telephone
01509 852424
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SEND Core Offer

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

East Leake Academy offers provision for students with a wide range of needs. These include: cognition and learning; communication and interaction; social, emotional and mental health; and physical and/or sensory needs and disabilities.

2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?
  • Staff members seek to identify the needs of pupils with SEND as early as possible. This is most effectively done by gathering information from parents, education, health and care services (and feeding schools or early years settings) prior to the child’s entry into the school. Where needs have not been previously identified staff have an obligation to report observations to the SENDCo.
  • Through the Graduated Response to SEND, staff within the academy follow the cycle of Assess, Plan, Do & Review. Where students are identified as receiving additional support and included on the Inclusion register, regular review meetings will be offered to invite parents in to monitor and review targets (three times a year). 
  • Continuous monitoring of those pupils with SEND by their teachers will help to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential. Regular assessment data checks are taken across the whole of the curriculum giving staff an overview of the rate of individual progress. Where concerns are identified by teachers, referral are then made to the Inclusion Faculty.  
3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?
  • In order to make consistent continuous progress in relation to SEND provision the school encourages feedback from staff, parents and pupils during the academic year. Parents, staff and students are given an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of provision by means of a questionnaire.
  • Pupil progress will be monitored on a termly basis in line with the SEND Code of Practice. The Inclusion Faculty offer an ‘Open Door’ policy where parents can access the SENDCo regularly without making an appointment. Further feedback from parents can be given at any time through email contact available on the school website.
3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?
  • Any pupil who is falling significantly outside of the range of expected academic achievement in line with predicted performance indicators and grade boundaries will be monitored.
  • Once a pupil has been identified as possibly having SEND they will be closely monitored by staff in order to gauge their level of learning and possible difficulties.
  • The subject teacher will take steps to provide differentiated learning opportunities that will aid the pupil’s academic progression and enable the teacher to better understand the provision and teaching style that needs to be applied.
  • The SENDCo will be consulted as needed for support and advice and may wish to observe the pupil in class.
  • Through the above actions it can be determined which level of provision is needed.
  • Parents will be informed fully of every stage of their child’s development and the circumstances under which they are being monitored. Parents are encouraged to share information and queries with the school.
  • The student is monitored if concerns are raised by parent or teacher but this does not automatically place the pupil on the school’s inclusion register. Concerns are discussed with parents/carers. 
  • Pupil progress meetings, academic tutorials and parent evenings are used to monitor and assess the progress being made by all students. The frequency of these meetings is dependent on individual progress.
3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

Under the new SEND reforms of 2014 all teachers will move towards a graduated approach: ‘Every Teacher is a Teacher of SEN’. East Leake Academy is an inclusive secondary school where all opportunities are equally available to all learners. High Quality Teaching is in the classroom where staff plan and deliver the curriculum to a wide range of learner abilities.

3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?
  • In-class provision and support is deployed effectively to ensure that the curriculum is differentiated where necessary.
  • Individual or small group tuition is available where it is felt that pupils would benefit from this provision.
  • Setting appropriate individual targets that motivate pupils to do their best, and celebrating achievements at all levels.
  • Differentiated, planned and resourced lessons to enable all learners to access learning with a view to acheiving their potential.
  • Interventions used to address and narrow any progress concerns where applicable. 
3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?
  • Pupils with SEND will have access to wave 1 and 2 of a school’s budget which equates to £6,000. (9 hours of support per identified pupil) Some pupils with SEND may access additional funding. This additional funding can be acquired from a budget which is devolved to and moderated by the Family of Schools. 
  • For those students with the most complex needs, additional funding (HLN or High Level Needs) is retained by the local authority. This is accessed through the Family of Schools. The Family SENCO will refer individual applications to a multi-agency panel, which is administered by the Local Authority, who will determine whether the level and complexity of need meets the threshold for this funding.
  • Where appropriate, an alternative provision may be accessed to support individual needs and East Leake Academy currently use are EdClass, CP Riverside, and Melton Learning Hub. Mr C Berry holds overall responsibility for alternative provision at East Leake Academy. 
3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

As an inclusive school, every effort is made through the work of the pastoral team to ensure that all students are encouraged and feel able to participate in all activities offered as enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom. Students are considered on an individual basis according to their needs and support is appropriately provided.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

Through the network of house teams and the emotional support of each form tutor, pupils are able to feel safe and secure in school. Tutor time provides an opportunity each day for pupils to touch base with their tutor/mentor and discuss any concerns. This support feeds into the overall Inclusion Team where further guidance can be found. The school have a full time qualified student support counsellor who takes referrals from the Inclusion team. The school also has access to the Healthy Family Team and will make relevant referrals as appropriate according to individual needs. 

4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.

SENDCo Miss Harriet Wood hwood@eastleake-ac.org.uk 

5.a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?
  • We aim to keep all academy staff up to date with relevant training and developments in teaching practice in relation to the needs of pupils with SEND.
  • Visitors throughout the year carry out training with the whole staff team.
  • The SENDCo attends relevant SEN courses, Family SEN meetings and facilitates/signposts relevant SEN focused external training opportunities for all staff. All Teaching Assistants are offered training opportunities through a range of local agencies working with specific students at the academy.
  • Staff have access to Educare modules specialising in a wide-variety of topics. 
5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

East Leake Academy receives further support from Schools and Families Specialist Service (various departments), Education Psychology Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), MASH and Healthy Families Team. 

6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

East Leake Academy building is owned by East Leake Schools. The site building regulations comply with all relevant accessibility requirements. Mitie oversees the maintenance of the site. The building provides wheelchair access, accessible toilets and lifts. Two classrooms are allocated to form the Inclusion base for students with SEND to access.

7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?

If an assessment or referral indicates that a pupil has additional learning needs the parents and the pupil will always be consulted with regards to future provision. Parents are invited to attend meetings with external agencies regarding their child, and are kept up to date and consulted on any points of action drawn up with regards to provision. By fostering strong links between home and school, a working relationship can provide a secure base for the development of every individual.

8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?

Students take an active role in their learning by way of regular progress checks across all subjects. Students with SEND will have individual profiles or passports in order to inform staff of any particular strategies that help towards success and achievement. Students take part in providing the information that is given to staff and this is reviewed and added to where appropriate.

9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?

If a parent or carer has any concerns or complaints regarding the care or welfare of their child, an appointment can be made by them to speak to the SENDCo or designated Senior Leadership Line Manager who will be able to offer advice on formal procedures for complaint if necessary.

10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?
  • A link SEND governor takes an active role in the development of the department.
  • East Leake Academy invites and seeks advice and support from external agencies in the identification, assessment and provision of SEN.
  • Representatives from voluntary organisations and other external agencies are invited to meetings throughout the year to discuss SEND provision and progress and keep staff up to date with legislation.
11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?
  • Throughout individual review meetings, parent evenings, award ceremonies and other school functions; parental queries are signposted to the most relevant external services that may be useful.
12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?
  • All KS2 students choosing to attend the academy for KS3 will receive transition programme in order to experience a secondary timetable, meet teaching staff, the pastoral team and tutor group.
  • For students who require additional support, an extended transition will be offered. This involves visits to the academy in smaller groups alongside a range of activities aimed to support students with their move to secondary school.
ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?
  • Where appropriate upon transition; children with identified needs will be supported through liaison meetings with parents, key staff from both settings and support agencies. An individual plan of action to aid transition will be offered.
  • Students will grow and develop through the PSHE programme of workshops and lessons throughout KS3 enabling social and emotional skills to accompany and enhance academic studies.
iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

As students reach KS4 there is intensive work offered around career choices and education at P16. The academy has a thriving sixth form facility offering a range of A Level qualifications. The expertise of the school careers advisor offers individual pathway advice and support for applications to university, college and work placements. Through the pastoral team and tutor sessions, all students have clear choices and pathways planned at transition.

13. Where can I access further information?
  • The East Leake Academy Special Educational Needs Policy and SEND Information Report offers further detail on the points contained in this report. Please refer to the school website for this document and Nottinghamshire Local Offer website for EHC Plan information.
  • Please telephone the school if you have any further queries or require assistance.
SEN Information Last Updated On: 18/09/2023


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