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Toot Hill School

Toot Hill School is an ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, January 2012) 11–18 secondary school situated in the small market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire.

Toot Hill places student well-being and achievement at the very heart of its approach to learning and is now ranked in the top 2% of schools nationally for pupil progress.

We are proud to be an inclusive school where all students can realize their full potential, fully supported by exceptional pastoral care within our happy and caring learning community.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chris Eardley
Contact Position
Head of School
Telephone
01949 875 550
E-mail
school.office@toothillschool.co.uk
Website
Toot Hill School

Where to go

Address
Toot Hill School
The Banks
Bingham
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
Postcode
NG13 8BL

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
11 - 18 years

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Description

Our aim is for Toot Hill School to be inclusive for all students. We are committed to ensuring no student is disadvantaged by delivering high quality first teaching and offering an exciting, broad curriculum experience for all students. Our expectations are high, personalised and ambitious. We actively promote hard work, commitment and resilience. Our academic curriculum is complemented by a unique, diverse and extensive enrichment and extra-curriculum programme.

All students will build on a strong foundation of respect, honesty and compassion which is forged on strong positive connections between our students, parents and staff. We expect all students to acquire, value and use ambitious knowledge and skills that will support them to be life long learners. We enable student’s access to a curricula that allows all students to access the highest levels of understanding. The modelling and development of high levels of literacy and oracy will enable students to become well informed, confident and articulate students, with the ability to access all subject disciplines and beyond.

Contact Name
Rachel Brentley
Contact Telephone
01949 875550
Contact Email
rbrentley@toothillschool.co.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

Toot Hill School is a secondary school that aims to be as inclusive as possible and tries to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

The needs generally fall into one of the following categories; Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and Sensory and Physical.

We have a team of experienced support staff who provide individual and small group support.

Teaching staff practice high quality teaching and differentiation as a first response to ensure all individual students’ needs are met.

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?

At Toot Hill School children are identified as having SEND through a variety of ways including the following:-

  • Liaison with primary school
  • Child performing significantly below age expected levels
  • Concerns and information raised by parent
  • Concerns and information raised by class teachers or support staff

If you think your child may have special educational needs firstly contact your child’s tutor or the SENDCO, Rachel Brentley.

3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?

At Toot Hill School we regularly monitor the effectiveness of the provision through provision mapping, tracking progress and pupil progress meetings.

Class teachers and The Learning Support Department make ongoing assessments. We also meet regularly with parents.

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?

Toot Hill School staff make ongoing assessments throughout the year, with achievement coordinators and SENDCO regularly tracking pupil progress. Feedback on pupil progress is via termly reports, parents’ evenings and student review days. Parents can track behaviour, homework and attendance via our online system called MCAS. Parents can contact either the tutor or the SENDCO at any time to discuss their child’s progress.

3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

Every effort will be made to educate pupils with SEN alongside their peers in a mainstream classroom setting. Smaller class sizes are used for the most vulnerable learners. Where this is not possible, the SENDCO will consult with the child’s parents for other flexible arrangements to be made.

Within class, the child’s subject teacher will take steps to provide differentiated learning opportunities that will aid the pupil’s academic progression.

Well established one to one targeted intervention programmes are used to improve literacy skills including Toe by Toe, Dancing Bears, Switch On Reading Scheme, Stareway to Spelling and Lexia.

The SENDCO will be consulted as needed for support and advice and may wish to observe the pupil in class. Parents will be informed fully of every stage of their child’s development and the circumstances under which they are being monitored. They are encouraged to share information and knowledge with the school.

3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

All students in Toot Hill School are placed into appropriate classes according to their profile on entry.  Toot Hill School has a sophisticated tiering system which helps teachers provide appropriate courses and learning resources. All teachers are expected to differentiate their teaching to match individual needs. 

Further strategies to ensure children can access the curriculum include:

  • Keeping staff fully informed of the special educational needs of any pupils in their charge including sharing progress reports, medical reports and teacher feedback
  • Providing regular CPD opportunities for staff in all departments on the subject of SEN and SEN teaching. School staff should be up to date with teaching methods which will aid the progress of all pupils including those with SEN
  • Using in-class provisions and in-class support effectively to ensure that the curriculum is differentiated where necessary.
  • Implementing Individual access arrangements for informal and external examinations
3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

Where it is determined that a pupil does have SEN, parents will be formally advised of this and the decision will be added to the pupil’s records.  The aim of formally identifying a pupil with SEN is to help school ensure that effective provision is put in place and so remove barriers to learning. The support provided consists of a four – part process:

Assess
Plan
Do
Review

This is an ongoing cycle to enable the provision to be refined and revised as the understanding of the needs of the pupil grows. This cycle enables the identification of those interventions which are the most effective in supporting the pupil to achieve good progress and outcomes.

Assess
This involves clearly analysing  the pupil’s needs using the class teacher’s assessment and experience of working with the pupil, details of previous progress and attainment, comparisons with peers and national data, as well as the views and experience of parents. The pupil’s views and where relevant, advice from external support services will also be considered. Any parental concerns will be noted and compared with the school’s information and assessment data on how the pupil is progressing.

This analysis will require regular review to ensure that support and intervention is matched to need, that barriers to learning are clearly identified and being overcome and that the interventions being used are developing and evolving as required. Where external support staff are already involved their work will help inform the assessment of need. Where they are not involved they may be contacted, if this is felt to be appropriate, following discussion and agreement from parents.

Plan
Planning will involve consultation between the teacher, SENDCO and parents to agree the adjustments, interventions and support that are required; the impact on progress, development and or behaviour that is expected and a clear date for review. Parental involvement may be sought, where appropriate, to reinforce or contribute to progress at home. 

All those working with the pupil, including support staff will be informed of their individual needs, the support that is being provided, any particular teaching strategies/approaches that are being employed and the outcomes that are being sought.

Do
The class teacher remains responsible for working with the child on a day-to-day basis. They will retain responsibility even where the interventions may involve group or one-to-one teaching away from the main class teacher. They will work closely with teaching assistants and /or relevant specialist staff to plan and assess the impact of support and interventions and links with classroom teaching. Support with further assessment of the pupil’s strengths and weaknesses, problem solving and advising of the implementation of effective support will be provided by the SENCO.

Review
Reviews will be undertaken in line with agreed dates. The review process will evaluate the impact and quality of the support and interventions. It will also take account of the views of the pupil and their parents. The class teacher, in conjunction with the SENCO will revise the support and outcomes based on the pupil’s progress and development making any necessary amendments going forward, in consultation with parents and the pupil.

Parents will be provided with clear information about the impact of support to enable them to be involved in planning the next steps.

If a child has lifelong or significant difficulties they may undergo a Statutory Assessment Process which is usually requested by the school but can be requested by a parent. This will occur where the complexity of need or a lack of clarity around the needs of the child are such that a multi-agency approach to assessing that need, to planning provision and identifying resources, is required. The decision to make a referral for a Education, Health and Care Plan will be taken at a progress review.

The application for an Education, Health and Care Plans will combine information from a variety of sources including:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • SENCO
  • Social Care
  • Health professionals
  • Information will be gathered relating to the current provision provided, action points that have been taken, and the preliminary outcomes of targets set. A decision will be made by a group of people from education, health and social care about whether  the child is eligible for an EHC Plan. Parents have the right to appeal against a decision not to initiate a statutory assessment leading to an EHC Plan.

Further information about EHC Plans can found via the SEND Local Offer: www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk

3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

All children, regardless of need, are encouraged to get involved with activities outside the classroom, including school trips.  Reasonable adjustments are also made to ensure children can access extra curricular activities and school visits. This may involve additional additional support to ensure SEN pupils are able to fully participate.

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

Toot Hill School's pastoral system is organised in to year teams which consists of a Head of Year, an Achievement co-ordinator and a team of tutors.  The pastoral team holds regular meetings when pastoral issues are discussed. PSHE lessons in KS3 and PSHE health days in KS4, address issues of wellbeing together with tutor set time.  A Well Being questionnaire is undertaken by students twice a year which allows school to monitor well being.

However, for those children who find aspects of this difficult we offer an in-school student mentor, alongside lunchtime and break time support in the Learning Support Department.

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.

The Toot Hill SENCO is Rachel Brentley. She can be contacted by telephone at school on 01949 875550 or by email: rbrentley@toothill.co.uk 

5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

The SENDCO attends all relevant, up to date training on a regular basis.  All Teaching Assistants attend in school CPD and individual CPD is encouraged. 

As a whole staff we have regular training and updates of SEN issues. There are a number of additional resources in school to provide further strategies for teaching children with SEN.

The SENDCO will attend the Local Authority annual SEND conference

Specialist Schools and Families Services provide training. This usually occurs within the Toot Hill family of schools. The Educational Psychologist provides training for example on attachment issues and anxious learners.

5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

The school has links with external support services in order to fully support our SEN pupils and aid school inclusion.  The following services will be involved as and when is necessary:

  • Educational Psychology Service
  • School nurse
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Occupational Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Parent Partnership
  • Early Help Unit
  • Targeted Support
  • Schools and Families Support Services
  • Sensory Impaired Support
6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

All pupils with SEN will have access to Element 1 and 2 of a school’s budget (up to £6,000 per year). Some pupils with SEND may access additional funding. This additional funding might be from a budget which is devolved to and moderated by the Family of Schools. (The Family of Schools comprises of a secondary school and its feeder primary schools). For those with the most complex needs, additional funding is retained by the local authority. This is accessed through the Family of Schools. The Family SENDCO 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.

In order to access this funding the SENDCO will write a bid in conjunction with the class teacher and the support staff. Every effort will be made to secure additional funding from the Family bidding process and other agencies should this be considered necessary. 

We work together in a ‘contracted delegation’ system which means we meet as a family of schools to moderate our additional funding bids and then review the family allocations.  We also meet to support training needs.  The family of schools also support each other with specialist knowledge and joint training.

The SENDCO and the Headteacher will allocate the funding in the best way they believe necessary to support individual children’s needs. This may include:

  • Teaching assistant support within the classroom as part of a small group
  • Teaching assistant support outside the classroom as part of a small group
  • Teaching assistant support on an one to one basis in the classroom
  • Teaching assistant support on a one to one basis outside the classroom
    Assistive technology
  • Software
  • Intervention packages
  • Staff training
  • Specialist bought in staff e.g. counsellors
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?

Parents/carers are invited to review meetings, Parents’ Evening and to contribute to their child’s Profile.  Information on support agencies, is available from the SENCO.

Parents can contact their tutor via email or by phoning or emailing the school office.

Parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress through parents’ evenings, reviews meetings, student review days and reports three times a  year. In cases where more frequent regular contact with parents is necessary, this will be arranged based on the individual pupil’s needs. The SENDCO may also signpost parents of pupils with SEN to the local authority Parent Partnership service where specific advice, guidance and support may be required.

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 in regards to the provision for their child. The school’s SEN link governor Samantha Burley can also be contacted in relation to SEN matters.

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

We value and celebrate children being able to express their views on all aspects of school life. This is usually carried out through the School Council, which has an open forum for any issues or viewpoints to be raised.

If your child is on SEN Support or has an EHC Plan then their views will be obtained before any meetings and will form part of the review.

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, who will try to resolve any difficulties and also be able to advise on formal procedures for complaint. The head teacher and senior leadership team will aim to resolve any complaints as soon as possible.

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?

The school continues to build strong working relationships and links with external support services in order to fully support our SEN pupils, aid school inclusion and provide support for parents.

The following services will be involved as and when it is necessary:

  • Schools and Families Support Services 
  • Sensory Impaired Support
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • School nurse / Health Visitor
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Occupational Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Parent Partnership
  • Early Help Unit
  • Targeted Support
  • CAMHS
11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

Toot Hill School can signpost organisation and services that provide additional support, such as the SEND Local Offer, and vasious training events associated with SEND needs via the school website. 

12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?

Transition to secondary school is supported by close liaison between Toot Hill School staff, including the SENDCO and Primary School colleagues. The R4S transition packs made their debut this summer (’19) in a bid to alleviate anxiety and better inform year 6 pupils about what was to come. Transition events such as small group visits* and taster days allow children time to meet staff, see the buildings and become accustomed to a different learning environment. (*Additional transitional visits are arranged as needed for specific students.)

ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?

In year 6 the Toot Hill SENCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of the child’s primary school. In most cases, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited will take place with the SENCO from the new school. Your child may participate in focused sessions relating to aspects of transition, to support their understanding of the changes ahead. Where possible, your child will visit their new school on several occasions.

We liaise closely with Staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood. If your child has complex needs then an Education Health Care Plan review may be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend.

iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

We incorporate the teaching of basic key skills necessary for a successful educational career and future adult life in our curriculum. Year 11 students undertake a week of work experience and career fairs are hosted in school or, in some cases, students are taken to appropriate careers events across the county.

A student leadership programme helps to teach and promote leadership skills. PSHE covers aspects of independent living, for example, financial management and sex education.

13. Where can I access further information?

If your child has a special educational need of any sort and you are thinking about joining our school, please phone to arrange a meeting with the SENDCO or a pastoral leader as early as possible. More information about the school in general can be found on the school website www.toothillschool.co.uk

SEN Information Last Updated On: 20/04/2021
Record Last Updated On: 20/04/2021

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