Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

King Ina Academy is an inclusive school where all pupils are supported. Our mission statement for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is ‘to develop happy, hardworking learners who achieve their full potential in a secure Christian environment’. As a school we are very proud of our recent awards: We have achieved Dyslexia Friendly School Status, and been recognised as a Diabetes Friendly School.

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All Somerset maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and we are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible academic, social and emotional progress in school. Somerset have given priority to ensuring that their SEND provision is fit for purpose and their Core Standards for SEND, has this at the heart of their mission statement:

 All children and young people in Somerset have the right to an inclusive education where they feel they belong. An inclusive education encourages all children and young people to be the best they can be, whilst making learning enjoyable and fulfilling; socially, emotionally and academically. 

 The information within the attached document ‘SEND School offer’ highlights how we identify, support and assess pupils with SEND to ensure they make appropriate progress.

 Mrs Lisa Thompson is the SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator), and she works across all sites, working with Owlets, Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Mrs Thompson is supported in school by a very experienced and capable team of Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and by Mrs Michelle de Broise at Owlets.

 If you need to discuss your child’s needs please speak to their class teacher initially, then make an appointment with Mrs Thompson by contacting the Infants Office for Early Years & KS1, and the Juniors Office for KS2.

 The SENCo is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and works alongside them to ensure appropriate and inclusive provision for all our pupils.