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23/10/19

Teachers - don't miss out on this fantastic upcoming event IBITES: a series of short workshops to enhance your use of iPads for Education. Follow the link for more details and to book your space!🎟️https://t.co/NSiTeLt0m4

23/10/19

For Black History month, today we celebrate Beryl Gilroy. Beryl came to London in 1952 and faced prejudice securing her first teaching role. Today she is known as the first black headteacher in London and for her contribution to multi-racial education. https://t.co/pal14gk6Mb

23/10/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Thanks to for hosting some excellent trust training tonight - and special gold stars for our colleagues attending during their half term!

23/10/19

We are delighted to announce that Samuel Ryder Academy has recently been named Apple Distinguished School! https://t.co/fOYQvSTs4C

21/10/19

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month , today we remember Alexander Miles who invented automatic lift doors, after the tragic death of his daughter,so lift shaft doors close automatically to prevent accidents. His design is still used in lifts today. https://t.co/IE80VJ7Yuq

16/10/19

Congratulations to the Year 7 football team who won their cup game yesterday - they are now through to the third round!⚽🏆

14/10/19

We continue to celebrate Black History Month at SRA, today remembering Malcolm X. Changing his surname from Little to X Malcolm said this represented his real,unknown name stolen from him by white slavers, urging Black Americans to fight against inequality. https://t.co/LGJZS8rXGy

14/10/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: looking to join a dynamic teaching team, committed to their students? are seeking an English Teacher for the remainder of the academic year. See website for further details https://t.co/Pl1Ly6zZbD . . https://t.co/fikuiKfsLz

14/10/19

Retweeted From SRA Library

The Rugby World Cup House reading Challenge is hotting up in its last week! Bronte leading by 10 points! https://t.co/yYCHzFyLYq

14/10/19

A busy week for SRA! All wk - ♟️House Maths Chess Competition ✅Tues - Production rehearsals🎭 , U14/15 Rugby 🏉 ✅Weds - Primary/Sibling photos 📸, Saracens Masterclass 🏉 ✅Thurs - Secondary Photos📸, Production Rehearsals 🎭 ✅Friday - Y8/9/10 - Sports Tour 🤾‍♀️🏃‍♂️🚌

11/10/19

To mark Black History Month, today at SRA we are celebrating Dr Shirley Jackson, an American physicist whose experiments lead to developments such as the touch - tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting, and the fibre-optic cable! https://t.co/5iYEW76Erk

09/10/19

Today as part of Black History Month at SRA we celebrate Joan Armatrading who moved to the UK aged 7 from St Kitts to Birmingham. She taught herself to play guitar and was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category! https://t.co/Lrnw8kh6nv

09/10/19

We have the Globe Players in school today performing snippets from Shakespeare to Year 7,10 and 11🎭🎭🎭 https://t.co/KHoJ5MiYA0

07/10/19

Today we remember Katherine Johnson whose work as a NASA employee were critical to the success of spaceflight. She was one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist and was awarded the Presidential medal of Freedom in 2015. https://t.co/pDoyZacLNw

07/10/19

Coming up this week!🗓️ 🔠House Spelling Bee 🎭School Production Rehearsals - Tues/Thurs 📚Y2/Y6 Curriculum Evening - Tues 🏉Rugby - U15 Girls Tues, U18 Girls Weds, Senior Boys Weds 🚌Sports Tour Info Eve - Weds ⚽ Y5/6 Football - Thurs 🗒️ PTA AGM Meeting - Thursday, 7.30pm

04/10/19

To mark Black History Month, today SRA celebrate Tommy Smith and John Carlos. Angered by the treatment of Black Americans in the deep south, they raised gloved fists at the 1969 Olympics Ceremony to highlight the 'poverty of the Black man in America' https://t.co/QpBcBgNp5E

02/10/19

Meet the Faculty This week - the English department! https://t.co/q37FgRpRxx

01/10/19

Today we celebrate Rosa Parks - a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott;launching nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities https://t.co/boaPSx1wTS

30/09/19

Another busy week ahead! ✅School Production Rehearsals -Tuesday/Thursday after school ✅Y7 PGL Info Evening - 6-7pm ✅ Senior Boys Rugby v Kings Langley, Weds ✅Y5/6 Football v Bernards Heath, Thurs, ✅ Saracens Girls Rugby Skills ✅ 6th Form Curriculum Evening - Thursday

30/09/19

Tomorrow sees the start of Black History Month! Here at SRA we will be celebrating the cultural diversity of modern Britain and recognising the contribution of people of African and Caribbean descent to our society https://t.co/dPncILjLND

23/09/19

A busy week ahead at SRA 👉 🛑Tuesday - School Production Rehearsals, Year 4 and 5 Curriculum Evening, 3.30-4.30pm 🛑Wednesday - Year 3 Celtic Harmony Trip 🛑Thursday - Open Evening - 6pm - 9pm (Secondary students finish -12.30pm) 🛑Friday - Secondary students late start 9.30am

23/09/19

Are you looking for a new part-time role? A fab opportunity has opened up at Scholars' Education Trust, based at Samuel RyderAcademy! https://t.co/2hKq0ed06Q

18/09/19

▶️School Calendar - under 'News and Events' ▶️Term Dates - under Key Information. Hopefully, this will help you get to grips with where things are!

18/09/19

▶️Letters Home - under 'Key Information'. To find the letter you need, it is possible to view letters by 'Category' (top right of page) ▶️Clubs - under Extra-Curricular, then Activities (there is also a timetable on letters home) ▶️Newsletters - under 'News and Events'

18/09/19

If you are new to the school and are still finding your way around the web site🤔 , here our some pointers for you!🙌 For most items, head to the main menu, for more specific information, head to Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form tabs at the bottom of the Home page.

18/09/19

Primary Teachers - are you looking for a new role? An exciting opportunity has opened up for a KS2 Lead in Maths https://t.co/meaUeAA5iP https://t.co/CimIbMrn63

16/09/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancies: Are you interested in working for Scholars' Education Trust? We offer excellent staff training and development opportunities. See website for latest vacancies https://t.co/BtZ4F72Vlo . . https://t.co/UlFPWIgW1O

16/09/19

Introducing Bronte House! Head of House, Mr Amos has some exciting fundraising events in store this year!' The year before last Bronte won everything but last year we didn't do so well so my aim is for everyone to get involved an get back to the top - competing hard but fair!' https://t.co/Y6T0ppaZp6

13/09/19

There is no excuse for being bored this term! Here is our club timetable for the Autumn Term! ⚽🏉🎭🎨🎼🎲🎸🇪🇸🏊‍♀️🤾‍♀️🎾🎺🇫🇷👩‍🔬🤸🏸♟️➗💃🕺 https://t.co/rPsGNu3M3D

11/09/19

Retweeted From SRARugbyAcademy

GAME DAY! Our First XV start their NatWest cup campaign this afternoon against Beaumont. Go well, play hard, stay strong

11/09/19

If you are looking for a new role in education ,we have some amazing new opportunities within our trust right now! https://t.co/w4RSTe4R9c

06/09/19

After a fantastic start back, we are getting ready for a busy first full week from Monday! ➡️Monday - Primary Church Assembly ⛪ ➡️Tuesday/Thursday - School Production Rehearsals after school 🎭🎭 ➡️Friday - Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice (Year 11)

06/09/19

We're hiring! Several exciting new part-time admin roles have recently opened up at SRA! https://t.co/zHtKdn1TdP

04/09/19

Welcome back to all staff and students! Looking forward to a great academic year 2019/2020! https://t.co/kuxzVDC4GQ

04/09/19

Are you looking for a new part-time admin opportunity? An exciting new role has just opened up at Samuel Ryder Academy! https://t.co/4aD6RMYtrE

SEND

We believe that every child is an individual who brings something special to the school community. All students regardless of their ability, personality or background have a right to take part in and enjoy every aspect of school life and to have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Our aim at the academy is to ensure that the barriers are removed and to offer all our students the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, all of the many wonderful experiences that are available to them as a Samuel Ryder Academy student.

Within our Inclusion Faculty we provide specialist support and opportunity to help students feel valued and be better equipped to make positive choices, so that they can play an active role in the life of the school community.

At Samuel Ryder Academy, children are identified as having SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) through a variety of ways, usually a combination, which may include some of the following:

  • Liaison with previous school or pre-school setting
  • Child performing below ‘age expected’ levels or equivalent
  • Concerns raised by a parent
  • Concerns raised by a teacher
  • Liaison with external agencies e.g. for a physical/ sensory issue, speech and language
  • Use of tools for standardised assessment such as, Lucid Assessment Test, Wide Ability Reading Test 4 and Cognitive Profiling test in the primary phase
  • Children with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) already have many of their needs clearly identified. Their placement at our school is a decision that is made by the Local Education Authority

Academy’s arrangement for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • As a school we track and analyse the children’s progress against national expectations and age related expectations 4 times a year and will send a report  home to parents
  • The class teacher continually assesses each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed
  • Pupil Progress Meetings are held each half term in the primary phase between each class teacher, Key Stage Coordinator and the Deputy Headteacher. In these meetings, a discussion takes place concerning children who are not making expected progress and possible actions and support strategies are discussed
  • At Samuel Ryder Academy all students on entry to the academy are assessed using Cognitive Assessment Test and Lucid Assessment test
  • Where specific needs are apparent, the school has a range of assessment tools which can be used to explore a child’s strengths and difficulties in more depth, for example CTOPP (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing) and TOMAL 2 (Test of Memory and Learning)
  • The SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) reports regularly to the Governing Body regarding the progress of the students
  • There is a governor who is responsible for SEN

Academy's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs

  • The class teacher will oversee, plan and differentiate the material to support the need of children with SEND in their class and to ensure that appropriate progress is made in every area
  • All lessons are differentiated, taking into account the primary needs of the learners.  Teachers implement specific strategies that have been identified for specific students
  • The SENCo, oversees the progress of any child identified as having SEND
  • In the secondary phase, some lessons will have a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) assigned to the students
  • All learning activities within the classroom are planned and differentiated, so that all children are able to access learning according to their specific needs
  • The class teacher, alongside the SENCo, will discuss a child’s needs and what support will be appropriate
  • Children with SEND will have access to the appropriate resources needed in order to help them to make progress, such as support mats, coloured overlays and strategy cards
  • The SENCo reports to the Head teacher and Governors regularly to inform them about the progress of children with SEND and how resources are being used.  Information provided will never name individual children in order to maintain confidentiality at all times

Additional support for learning for students with special educational needs

Literacy Interventions

  • Talking Partners - a targeted intervention to support the communication skills of the students
  • One to One reading / spelling / handwriting / numeracy intervention
  • Small group lessons in the Learning Zone

Behaviour for Learning

  • Life Skills group in Year 7 and 8 to support the Pupil Premium students with the social and emotional aspects of their learning
  • Nurture Group in Primary to support  social skills

Processing and Fine Motor Skills

  • Students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes
  • Students with short term processing difficulties have a range of intervention programmes to support their need

Learning Portraits

  • Through setting up the Learning Portraits (to ensure that the learning and support is child centred) all members of staff acquire an in depth understanding of the students and strategies to support them in their learning. An experienced member of the faculty is responsible to gather the views of the child and the parents. The portraits are shared with all staff and parents/carers. This provides a  platform for the student voice to be heard and acted upon
  • Following this, Student Strategy Cards are also set up with the child at the centre of the process. It informs teachers of how the students would like the teacher to support them in lessons

The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs

  • The class teacher, members of the Inclusion Faculty are available to meet and discuss children’s progress, the support in place and any questions the parents may have
  • An appointment can be made with the SENCo to discuss support in more detail
  • Learning Portraits are shared with parents
  • Parents are invited to half termly coffee mornings. Each morning will have a focus and external experts are invited to some of these meeting
  • The SENCo and members of the Inclusion faculty are present during Parents’ Consultation evenings 
  • Parents and carers are invited to termly meetings in the Life Skills and Nurture Group to discuss the progress of their children

The involvement of external bodies in meeting the needs of students with special educational needs

  • Some students are supported through the counselling service to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning
  • Partnership with Links Academy to provide outreach support
  • Support from Educational Psychologist
  • Close liaison with family support workers
  • Speech and Language to assess and offer support strategies
  • Autistic Advisory Team
  • Low incidence Team
  • The Hertfordshire Local Offer can be accessed through Hertfordshire Directory at the following address: http://directory.hertsdirect.org/kb5/hertfordshire/directory/localoffer.page#
  • If parents/carers would like to use the Local Offer, but they cannot access the internet, they can contact their local library, or Children’s Centre
  • If further assistance is needed, the customer service centre can be contacted on 0300 123 4043  

Physical environment of the academy

We have, in consultation with the relevant expert bodies, aimed to make as much of the school accessible to those with mobility needs as possible. However, challenges due to the building designs and site layout do remain. Any parent wishing to know more about this and to discuss specific case needs is encouraged to contact the Head teacher, Mr M. Gauthier.

At present:

  • All areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair 
  • There is a  disabled parking bay available in the staff car park
  • Accessible toilet facilities are available
  • There is a lift that allows access to the top floors of the primary classrooms, Humanities, English and the Inclusion area
  • There are new handrails around the site
  • Strips are painted on the edge of the stairs
  • A number of  paths and stairs have been widened
  • Better parking arrangements on site
  • Safe heating around the corridors

The school plans, over time, to further increase the accessibility of provision for all students, staff and visitors to the school

The main priorities in the school’s plan will be in the following areas:

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled students can participate in the school curriculum
  • Improving the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled students can take advantage of education and associated services
  • Improving the delivery of information to disabled students, staff, parents and visitors

How the academy includes all students in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips

  • All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and the aim is for all children to be included on school trips
  • We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful and when required will discuss this with parents in advance
  • It might be appropriate for a parent/carer to accompany a child on a school trip, depending upon the child’s individual needs
  • A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised and ensure suitability of the activity
  • There are a variety of after school clubs provided during lunchtimes and after school for all students
  • The Inclusion department offers a lunch time club, five days a week

Expertise and training of staff with relation to children with special educational needs

  • The SENCo has a SEN accreditation from the University of Cambridge
  • The SENCo is also a member of the British Psychological Society, having accreditation for writing educational reports and exam access arrangements
  • Within the school, we have a culture of sharing good practice and expertise, through an accredited CPD programme
  • Two members of staff are trained to deliver Fischer Family Trust intervention in the primary phase.
  • Amongst the highly skilled members of the Inclusion team, we have one primary trained teacher, and one secondary English taecher
  • All LSAs have had training to deliver Jazzy Phonics and Talking Partners
  • One member of the faculty is trained to deliver Philosophy 4 Children

The school’s arrangements for supporting pupils with special educational needs in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood and independent living

Early Years Foundation transition

  • All students who are allocated a place at Samuel Ryder Academy will receive a visit from a member of staff
  • Those students, who need extra support have extra meetings with one of the members of the Inclusion team and the parents/carers in order to put in a place a plan of support prior to attending the academy
  • The identified students will join the Nurture Group in September

Year 6 into 7 transition

  • All students who transfer to Samuel Ryder Academy in Year 7 will receive a visit from a member of the Inclusion team in the Summer term
  • Those students, who require extra support, will have additional visits to the academy during the summer term
  • During these visits they will meet key staff, have a tour of the site and will be given extra materials to ease the transition
  • The identified students will attend the Life Skills group as soon as they start in September
  • Links Academy also offers additional support for the identified students

Other phases

  • Students who have an EHCP will work closely with Connexions and our careers advisor in planning their next phase in education or adulthood

Who to contact if there are any questions

  • Speak/ email the class teacher/form tutor in the first instance.
  • Contact any member of the Inclusion Faculty
  • General information relating to SEND can be found within the SEND policy which can be found on the policy page of the school website
  • Further information is available from the SENCo/Assistant Headteacher (Ms L Shirazi), Assistant SENCo (Mrs Tina Dean)
  • The school has a complaints policy, which is available on the policy page of the school website

Further information and advice for parents of children with special educational needs can be found at the following:

http://www.vistastalbans.org.uk/

http://www.dspl7.org.uk/

 

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