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Tapton School - Integrated Resource

11-18 mainstream mixed comprehensive with a vision support integrated resource

Who to contact

0114 267 1414
Tapton School

Where to go

Tapton Secondary School
Darwin Lane
S10 5RG

When is it on?

Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
Visual impairment

Other Details

Age Range
12 years to 18 years
  • Disabled Facilities

Local Offer


11-18 mainstream mixed comprehensive with a vision support integrated resource

Contact Name
Joanne Hogg (Head of the Vision Support Service)
Contact Telephone
0114 267 1414
Contact Email
School Website
School Ofsted Report
SEND Information Page
Vision Support Department
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

Please state the number of pupils on your roll and your average class size 

1650 on roll

Average class size: Key Stage 3 and 4: 22. Key Stage 5: 13.

How does the setting identify learners with SEN? 

Through inclusion meetings in consultation with teachers, parents and outside agencies, and when a students’ needs cannot be met through the normally differentiated curriculum. Assessments such as Dyscalculia Screeners and Wide Range Achievement Tests are carried out routinely at Tapton, and other psychometric testing is undertaken by the Educational Psychologist.

Is your setting physically accessible to all learners? 
  • The School consists of one building, which is fully wheelchair accessible and has disabled toilets and changing facilities.
  • There is a suite of Additional Educational Needs (AEN) classrooms and workspaces, as well as a Visual Support suite with a fully resourced classroom.
  • Visual Timetables are used with those students who require it. Equipment and facilities are funded via the AEN Departmental budget. 
  • Access to quiet /safe space is agreed via the SENCO and Inclusion Team. 
  • Early lunch passes are issued to students who struggle with the noise in the dining room.
  • The lighting throughout the building has been adjusted to suit Visually Impaired (VI) learners, all doors have Braille signs and the Vision Support Department has the resourcing and facilities to differentiate learning materials for Visually Impaired students.
How does your setting adapt the curriculum for learners with SEND? 
  • Sarah Evans (SENCO) oversees and plans the programme for learners with SEN, and work will be differentiated appropriately where possible to meet the learners’ needs. 
  • We are very flexible in our approach but have to operate within the parameters of a mainstream school. As a department we offer short term Literacy, Numeracy and social interventions and teaching assistants are deployed as appropriate to meet the needs of statemented and non-statemented students.
What training have your staff received to support learners with SEND? 

There are comprehensive details for each student on the AEN register.  This is distributed to all staff at the beginning of the academic year and regularly maintained and updated on the school Managed Learning Environment (MLE). We use specialist support from the Autism Team and the Educational Psychology Service. Training is provided for all new staff by VS and AEN departments and regular Continuning Professional Development training is carried out. Teaching Assistants (TAs) are attached to departments to disseminate any new and pertinent information. Training is offered to staff at Tapton and staff from the Family of Schools in TEAM Teach, Vocabulary Improvement Programme(VIP) training, Teaching and Learning Communities meet each half term. The First Aid Officer in school writes care plans for students with medical needs and shares these with relevant staff, as well as organizing training in the use of Epipens etc. New staff are given training by the Vision Support staff as well as the AEN team in the first week of term.

How do you communicate with and involve families? 

Communication with home is conducted via email, phone, student planners and parents’ evenings. We conduct two review meetings a year for all students on the AEN register as well as having regular parents’ evenings and tracking sent home. There are members of staff at Tapton School who speak other languages and their services are employed when no members of the family can speak English, though often siblings will translate.

How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? 

Departmental Quality Assurance every two years, annual Self Evaluation Forms (SEF) and an annual departmental review. Upper Pay Scale (UPS) teachers in the AEN team have responsibility for tracking the progress and data of KS4 learners with SEND.

What support do you provide for the learners' overall wellbeing? 

All Year 7s have an induction delivered by the VS team to help them to understand how to help students with Visual Impairments. Peer mentors are used to encourage self confidence and also to promote skills such as organisation and reading / writing. The Y12 enrichment programme is heavily geared to facilitating students helping each other. Students have volunteered to talk to groups of other students about their disabilities and the challenges they face. We have social groups and lunchtime club and encourage learners who struggle to make friends to attend these regularly. TAs encourage students to attend mainstream clubs and develop relationships with others. They also create resources that enable students to build friendships and conduct social groups.

What kind of behavioural interventions do you use? 

All staff adopt a staged approach in response to behaviour. Extreme behaviour is managed through the pastoral team and Isolation Room if necessary. We all employ a wide range of strategies, rewards and sanctions in order for students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.

How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? 

The trips and activities undertaken by the school are generally inclusive for all students.  We do not involve parents in school activities.

Do you offer Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs or Holiday Clubs? Please specify. 

Breakfast Clubs and After School Clubs - Academically and sport based

Holiday Clubs - Summer School for Transition

How do you consult with and involve learners in their education? 

Year councils and Student Councils are the forum for students to express their views about all aspects of school. Student Voice forms part of the departmental Quality Assurances (QA) and is a big part of School Improvement Planning. Weekly form discussion includes all students and they are part of our Teaching and Learning Communities through regular assemblies.

How do you prepare learners with SEND to progress to, from and within your setting? 

We undertake and host a lot of transition visits for primary pupils and have good links with the SENCOs.  Where appropriate, visits can be arranged with Y11 students and college/Further Education SENCO’s/support. We do take friendships into account when setting up new class groupings.  These are amended when/if the need arises.  We have SEND students undertake all kinds of further education and opportunities after leaving Tapton. In Year 9 each student has time with a member of the Leadership Team to talk about GCSE options, and they have access to the Careers, Education Advice, Information and Guidance (CEAIG) advisor for careers plans.

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

Yes, there is a large amount of information about the school on the Managed Learning Environment (MLE) for both parents and students.  We also hold open evenings and parents’ evenings throughout the year.

Do you offer outreach to home educating families? 

We do not generally offer these services, however, provision is made for examinations.

Does your setting offer any additional services for learners with SEND? 

We arrange twilight training sessions for the Family of Schools.

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