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Firth Park Academy

Summary
Firth park Academy is an inclusive secondary school based in Sheffield. We were pleased to be recognised by Ofsted as a Good school once more in February 2019 and to hear positive feedback on our family of staff and students. At Firth Park Academy we think of ourselves,staff and students as a family. We are tremendously proud of our diversity, making us stronger as a community and welcoming all.


Description

Firth Park Academy is a larger than average secondary school which supports students with a range of needs. 

Our vision is for each and every child at Firth Park Academy to be inspired to choose a remarkable life. We wish to instil in our children a set of values that will positively shape their characters to lead truly remarkable lives. 

These values are to:

  • Be unusually brave: we challenge wrongs and do what is right, no matter how difficult.
  • Discover what’s possible: we step forward to explore a world of possibilities and opportunity.
  • Push the limits: as we never settle for less than excellent and intend to overcome any barrier to our achievement.
  • Be big-hearted: treating each other with kindness, warmth and care, believing that everyone matters and believing in one another.

 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Ball
Contact Position
Principals PA
Telephone
0114 2576238
E-mail
contactus@firthparkacademy.org
Website
School Website

Where to go

Name
Firth Park Academy
Address
Fircroft Avenue
Sheffield
Postcode
S5 0SD
Notes

We also offer school facilities hire at: https://firthpark.schoolhire.co.uk/


When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Yes
Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Special needs and disabilities experience
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Visual impairment
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Dyslexia
Hearing impairment
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
ADD/ADHD
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
No

Other Details

Age Range
11 years to 16 years
Facilities
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Secure setting

Local Offer

Description

Our SEN team provides support and interventions for numerous types of SEN needs. We have different bases within school which cater for different needs. For example, The Workplace for SEMH needs as well as the Aspire unit. We also offer interventions within the SEN department for cognition and learning, sensory and physical disabilities. We believe that children are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. We recognise that appropriate advice, support and resources are required to achieve this for some students in the mainstream curriculum. Some of our key aims are:

  •  All children and their parents are entitled to be treated with respect and have their views taken into account.
  • All arrangements should protect and enhance the dignity of those involved.
  •  All teachers are teachers of students with SEND. SEND is therefore a whole school responsibility requiring a whole school response.
Contact Name
Elouise Robinson
Contact Telephone
0114 2576238
Contact Email
erobinson@firthparkacademy.org
Links
Latest Ofsted report
school website
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type
Universal

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting identify learners with SEN? 

We have a referral system whereby any staff can raise concerns about a child and it is then actioned by the Inclusion team. We have a specialist teacher who conducts full assessments and designs and implements intervention programs. We also utilize local authority services such as Educational Psychology services, Speech and Language, Hearing etc. We work very closely with Head of Years and teachers to ensure needs are identified quickly.

Is your setting physically accessible to all learners? 
  • The building is wheelchair accessible. There is one main building and a separate sports hall. Students who require wheelchair access or who find using the stairs physically difficult are given a lift pass and can move between floors using the main lift.
  • Some parts of the school routine can be flexible in order to support students with SEN.
  • If a student needs specific equipment to help support their learning, e.g. a laptop, the school provides this. In some cases, it might be appropriate for the school to apply for High Needs funding if the needs of the student meet the eligibility criteria.
  • We have disabled toilet facilities.
  • The school is completely secure, it is surrounded by a relatively high fence and locked gates which are only opened for Y11 students during lunch time if they have a pass. There are always a number of staff supervising students during break and lunch times.
  • Vulnerable students can access the Aspire centre at any time, for example, if they are part of a nurture group, or if a student is in a state of crisis following a bereavement. All students can also access the library before and after school and during break and lunch time. There are also other supervised spaces around school for students to go to during their lunch and break time including a wide range of clubs and activities.

If students cannot cope with the noisy canteen/ atrium, they can eat their lunch in the Learning Support Centre with the SEN team.

How does your setting adapt the curriculum for learners with SEND? 
  • At Firth Park Academy, the SENCO is responsible for planning and overseeing a support programme which is tailored to the individual needs of each SEN pupil. The in class support and intervention is largely delivered by Teaching Assistants who are fully trained and experienced in a range of intervention programmes, the SENCO also plans and delivers specialist intervention programmes.
  • The number of sessions of intervention each week varies according to the individual needs of each student; some may be involved in daily intervention and/ or in class support, others may need significantly less.
  • The academy-wide expectation is that all teachers will differentiate the lessons according to the students’ needs so that they can access the learning and make progress.
  • When teachers are ill, rather than using agency staff, we use a small pool of in-house cover supervisors. This means that even if your child’s regular teacher is off ill, they will still be taught by someone who will most likely have taught them before, and who has access to all the relevant information needed to adequately support your child in the lesson.

We deliver a range of programmes all tailored to suit pupils’ individual needs. We also provide laptops for a number of students who struggle with writing.

What training have your staff received to support learners with SEND? 
  • We organise staff training in order to ensure we adequately provide for the needs of our students, for example, we have scheduled training on areas such as ASD in light of the needs of some of our students.
  • All staff in the school, including teachers, office staff, cover supervisors etc, are all aware of each child’s needs because we have a ‘student passport’ for each child. This outlines their individual needs and strategies which support them in a range of settings. A summary is also provided on Progresso (where students are registered) as a quick reference.
  • Teachers have access to edukey which shows each students SEN code.

The strategies identified in the Student Passport come from specialists, e.g. the Speech and Language therapist,Educational Psychologists, the students themselves and parents.

How do you communicate with and involve families? 
  • Between annual reviews, we communicate with parents through the whole school reporting system. This is done three times over the academic year. In addition, we keep in touch via parents’ evening, progress days, the student planner, regular phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings. This includes a range of staff including the SENCO and key workers identified in SEN, but also the wider Inclusion team, Student Support Leaders and Heads of Year for example.
  • Each term a report is sent home to parents/ carers. This identifies the progress which pupils are making. This also outlines Academy expectations for how much progress each child will make.
  • For students with SEND, the school will arrange a meeting with parents/ carers where the needs of the student are discussed and the plan is agreed and put in place.
  • Parents and carers have the opportunity to meet with the SENCO and/ or key workers to discuss and have an input into how the learning is planned and strategies to support this at home. There are also opportunities to attend workshops throughout the year. These are focused on key areas, e.g. literacy and numeracy.
  • Each student with SEND has a Student Passport which identifies their needs, strategies in which they can support themselves, and which teachers can use in lessons. This is shared with all Academy staff so they are fully aware of each child’s needs and can plan appropriately for them.
  • We have offered training for parents to help support students with literacy difficulties for example. The aim of these sessions is to equip parents with some practical strategies to support their child with their learning at home.

Due to the high number of English as another language (EAL) / NTE students we have an EAL/ NTE base where students participate in an induction and school readiness programme. This involves small groups led by a member of the MFL team. This provision has been extended over the last few years to include three additional translators who support communications with students and parents.

How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? 
  • The school uses evidence based interventions to support students with SEN. The effectiveness of these withdrawal sessions is then monitored during and at the end of an intervention programme.
  • Firth Park Academy has a rigorous tracking system whereby all students’ progress is tracked across all curriculum areas. This includes tracking of progress made in withdrawal groups.
  • Overall, the effectiveness of the SEN provision is judged on the outcomes for SEN students – are they making expected levels of progress?

Each year, a full audit of the provision is undertaken and a development plan is drawn up and implemented. This is then reviewed at three key points over the year. This ensures the school makes adequate provision for the specific needs of the students which are currently on roll.

What support do you provide for the learners' overall wellbeing? 
  • Some students are particularly vulnerable and/ or struggle to make friends. To help them we timetable them some time in the Aspire centre where they can take part in nurture groups, friendship groups and/ or the breakfast club. Vulnerable pupils can also access Aspire during break and lunch times if they are feeling anxious.
  • If students are feeling anxious about school generally, they can meet with their key worker, usually a Student Support Leader or their Head of Year, can be buddied up with someone in their form group, spend some of their timetable in Aspire and gradually build up the time in mainstream lessons/ school.
What kind of behavioural interventions do you use? 
  • The FPA behaviour for learning system (PD system) involves pupils carrying a planner and receiving either stamps as a reward or 'comments' for not following school policy. The consequence is dependent on the behaviour which is displayed around school in a grid. They may have to attend a restorative meeting with the relevant member of staff/student, otherwise they may be issued with a detention. In addition to this, the school offers additional support including 1:1 mentoring, small group work, emotional support, withdrawal from the mainstream timetable to complete an intense personalised timetable delivered within inclusion base, and sometimes off-site provision for short respite or as part of a longer personalised package.
  • Alongside this in-school support, we also work closely with partner agencies including MAST, CYT, the police, mental health services and other specialist services (e.g. social care, sexual exploitation and drug and alcohol services.
  • The school also regularly looks to support groups of students by delivering specific project-based work, eg. 'Think for the future' project as well as other workshops and educational activities delivered by external providers about targeted issues.
  • In order to deal with extreme behaviour, we use and explore provisions which deliver intense 1:1 support and work with partner agencies, parents, carers and pupils to address specific issues and areas of need.
  • Students are consulted all the way through the process and encouraged to get on board. A lot of time spent helping them understand how the process and provisions put in place will benefit them long term. FPA also makes every effort to ensure that students attending offsite provision still remain and feel part of FPA and are not excluded from appropriate activities they could still access.
How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? 
  • We provide additional support to access an activity when necessary. If, even with support, a child cannot access an activity, e.g. the climbing wall because of a physical disability, alternative arrangements are made.
  • Parents are contacted when trips are being planned, for residential visits, parents are invited into school to discuss the plans and raise any questions or concerns.
  • FPA offers saturday school for Y11 students as extra revision opportunities.
  • We also offer revision timetables over holidays to utilise valuable time for our Y11 cohort.
Do you offer Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs or Holiday Clubs? Please specify. 
  • Breakfast Clubs.
  • After School Clubs.
  • Holiday Clubs.
  • Period 6 
How do you consult with and involve learners in their education? 

As part of the Student Passport, students share information which is ‘all about me’ and identify things which they can do to help themselves in their learning, as well as strategies which others could use to support them. They also take part and are consulted in review meetings for example.

Do you have an online prospectus? Are there open days for families and learners? 

We have a number of opportunities for families and learners to come in to school to find out more information and meet the staff and other students. This includes Open Evenings, Progress Days, Parents’ Evenings, The Summer Fair, Presentation Evening (to aid Y6-Y7 transition) etc.

Do you offer outreach to home educating families? 

Home educating families are supported by the Local Authority Home Education Team. If we are told by a family that they are intending on home educating their child, we make a referral to Children Missing in Education and notify the Home Education Team.


Last Updated
15/01/2020
Keywords
school, learning disability, learning disabilities, special needs, special educational needs, autism, ADHD, ADD, mental health, disability, disabilities
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