The Carlton Academy

The Carlton Academy





Co-educational academy secondary school.

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Contact Details

Contact Name
Mr Richard Pierpoint
Contact Position
Executive Headteacher
0115 9550010 0115 9550010
The Carlton Academy
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The Carlton Academy
The Carlton Academy
Coningswath Road
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Age Ranges
11 - 18 year olds
Additional Local Offer Information

Local Offer


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Contact Name
Ruth Coleman
Contact Email
SEN Information

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

The Carlton Academy designs provisions for students with all Special Educational Needs that fall under the 4 broad areas of need: Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health or Sensory and Physical.

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?

Progress data is monitored carefully by classroom teachers and Curriculum Leaders. Teachers, parents/carers, as well as students can raise concerns at any time to the SENCO or Curriculum Leader. Parents should contact the Academy directly to ask to speak to the SENCO.



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

At the end of each academic year, the effectiveness of SEN provision is evaluated by looking at progress made and wellbeing of pupils with special educational needs. Interventions and provision are monitored regularly by the SENCO. Provisions are also monitored by continual assessment in the classroom. 

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?

School monitors children with special needs through a variety of ways such as observations, teacher assessments and outside agency input.

Information is passed to parents through letters, e mails, text messages or regular progress reports. Liaison with parents and carers is important to the review process and appropriate interventions will be discussed.

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

The school believes in an inclusive environment where pupils with special educational needs are taught in the classroom with their peers wherever possible. We believe all teachers are teachers of special educational needs and train them to be able to support pupils in the classroom. The school follows the Graduated Response, by which all pupils access quality first teaching in the classroom, a child with special educational needs may then need additional support from school staff or outside agencies.

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

The curriculum at The Carlton Academy is ambitious, broad and balanced. Curriculum sequencing builds on prior knowledge. Students with special educational needs are supported to be able to access the curriculum alongside their peers wherever possible. Adaptations to learning offer are made on an individual basis. Children with the most complex needs may have individualised or small group support.


3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

Decisions are made in consultation with parents. Decisions are made by analysing data and implementing support where needed. We also consult with outside agencies who give advice about support a student may need.

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

The Carlton Academy is an inclusive school where pupils with special educational needs are included in all activities and school trips. A risk assessment will be in place to ensure all pupils can access activities. Support is offered at break and lunch time for vulnerable students.

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

The Carlton Academy have the Student Support Centre, the Pupil Achievement Centre and an Inclusion Team to support students with particular needs or those who require additional support.

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.

Ruth Coleman

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

The SENCO has he SENCO has the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Staff receive training around special educational needs and how to support pupils in the classroom.

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

Where needed, the SENCO will refer students to outside agencies for further support. This is done through a Springboard meeting where support can be accessed from the Communication and Interaction Team, the Educational psychologist and the SFSS services. Other specialist services are consulted with if the needs of the children require this. SEN equipment and facilities are updated and added to depending on the specific needs of the children.

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

The school is accessible to all pupils. Equipment and facilities used to support pupils with special educational needs are decided on an individual basis.

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 of children with Special Educational Needs are consulted and involved in the education of their child in a number of ways including; parents evenings, SEN meetings and Annual Reviews.

More regular correspondence with teacher/SENCO can be had through phone or e mail.

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

Students are encouraged to attend SEN review meetings with their parents. Students also can speak with their key workers and pupil voice is gained.

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

Please contact the SENCO with any complaints around special needs provision -


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 governing body works alongside the staff at The Carlton Academy. We work with many outside agencies including the educational psychology service, the communication and interaction team, occupational therapy, CAMHS, community paediatricians and the family service.

11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

The contact details of support services for parents of pupils with special educational needs can be obtained from Ruth Coleman, the SENCO at The Carlton Academy.

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

Students and parents can come and visit the Academy to be shown round.

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

The Academy holds transition days prior to the start of year 7.

iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

Students are supported to find Post 16 provision.

13. Where can I access further information?

Please call the Academy to ask the SENCO any further questions or look at our school website.

SEN Information Last Updated On: 21/06/2023


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