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Yewlands Academy

Yewlands Academy is a mainstream secondary school providing education for children and young people aged 11-16


Yewlands is a smaller than average mainstream secondary school.  Our aims are to provide a high quality, world-class education for every child, regardless of background or ability. Our school is based on ‘respect for all’ and has a strong focus on developing skills in partnership with our ‘Family of Schools’. Our work with the ‘Family of Schools’ has received national recognition and ensures a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.

Who to contact

0114 232 9010
Yewlands Academy website

Where to go

Yewlands Academy
Creswick Lane
S35 8NN

When is it on?

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

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
There are 4 buildings on the school site which are all fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Cater for special dietary requirements
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Visual impairment
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Hearing impairment
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Cerebral Palsy
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities

Other Details

Referral required
  • Musical Instruments
  • Quiet Area
  • Catering facilities
  • Outdoor play/equipment
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Parking
  • Drop-in Facilities
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Changing facilities
  • Secure setting
  • ICT Facilities
  • Visual aids
  • Transport

Local Offer


Yewlands is a smaller than average mainstream secondary school.  Our aims are to provide a high quality, world-class education for every child, regardless of background or ability. Our school is based on ‘respect for all’ and has a strong focus on developing skills.

Contact Name
Mrs L Bullen
Contact Telephone
0114 232 9010
Contact Email
SEND Support Page
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

Please state the number of pupils on your roll and your average class size 
  • We currently have 862 students on roll, with an average class size of 30.

How does the setting identify learners with SEN? 
  • The professionalism and knowledge of our staff and parents is used to identify students who may have learning needs.

  • Close links with the primary schools, other outside agencies and healthcare professionals, ensure information is shared to promote a smooth transition.

  • Currently in-school assessments are undertaken which is used as an indicator for learning support. This may result, in some cases, to referrals being made to other professionals and specialists for a more detailed assessment.
Is your setting physically accessible to all learners? 
  • There are 5 buildings on the school site which are all fully accessible for wheelchair users. 

  • Disabled toilet facilities are available in all buildings. Additionally, a hygiene room which incorporates a hoist and showering facilities is available in the main building..

  • A lunch time provision is offered, which is situated away from the general hustle and bustle of the dining hall for students who find it difficult to cope in those situations. 

  • A quiet area for students with communication difficulties that includes both eduction and relaxational personalised toolkit, and an area for counselling sessions to take place.

  • An evacuation plan is agreed by staff/parents and students who require additional support in the eventuality of an evacuation of the building.

How does your setting adapt the curriculum for learners with SEND? 
  • `The Learning Support Leader at Yewlands oversees the educational programmes for learners with SEND.

  • There is a whole school focus on developing differentiation. 

  • Whenever possible, staff aim  to allow for ‘reasonable adjustments’ to be made, when necessary, to enable students’ access to the curriculum. 

  • After school clubs for students with SEND include:
    - Homework
    - Revision/study
    - Enrichment
  • A number of groups which occur throughout the week, usually on a withdrawal basis i.e.
    - Narrative Group, using advice and programmes provided by Speech and Language Therapists,
    - Social Skills Groups, aimed at students needing support in understanding social situations,
    - Literacy/Reading Groups, offering 1:1, small group and computer based reading activities dependent on student need,
    - Numeracy including small group and computer based,
    - Core Group for Y7, Y8 & Y9 students, with a focus on Numeracy and Literacy,
What training have your staff received to support learners with SEND? 
  • All students with SEND at Yewlands Academy have a Pen Profile, which is available to all staff. This is a working document and includes specific information about the individual student,  including need type, assessment scores and outcomes, agencies involved and strategies to help support the student when in a learning environment.
  • Regular meetings are held for each year group to discuss any concerns, share information and plan ways forward. 
  • Strong communication links with other Education and Health Care professionals. i.e.
    - Educational Psychologists,
    - Ryegate Children’s Centre (part of the Children’s Hospital) & Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs),
    - Speech and Language Therapy,
    - Autism Team and Community Youth Team etc.  are upheld and effective
  • There are 20 members of staff on site with first aid training.
  • Relevant staff are trained to administer some emergency medications.
  • Care plans are in place for all students with a medical need.
  • All staff are trained in Safeguarding
How do you communicate with and involve families? 
  • Parents evening are held twice per year for all students, which provide opportunities for both the family and the student to communicate with subject/pastoral & SEND staff.
  • Interim reports are issued twice per year which updates families on progress and provides opportunities for further discussions either with subject/pastoral or SEND staff.
  • Parental workshops are offered on a weekly drop in basis.
  • Review meetings are held termly, which provide opportunities for both the student and the family to be part of the target setting process.
  • Translators are used to support families whose first language is not English
How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? 
  • Tracking from a subject level every 6 weeks is analysed
  • Provision Map with entry and exit criteria, analysed at the end of the intervention cycle
  • Behaviour data analysed with key staff
  • SEND focussed learning walks carried out termly
  • Book looks carried out termly
  • Lesson Observations as part of the whole school observation cycle
  • Parental feedback at the end of intervention (where appropriate)
What support do you provide for the learners' overall wellbeing? 
  • Interventions and support are monitored on a half-termly basis, which informs progress and areas for further development.
  • Regular classroom learning walks monitor the effective use of support and differentiation.
What kind of behavioural interventions do you use? 
  • A Learning Mentor is assigned to each year group, who provides pastoral support for students’ social and emotional well-being.
  • Disability awareness is taught through the tutorial and PSHE programmes.
  • ‘Circle of Friends’ and ‘Peer Mentors’ are trained students who provide support to vulnerable students who struggles to make friends easily and SEND students are trained to be ‘Peer Mentors’.
  • ‘Safe Haven’ welcomes our more vulnerable students at lunch & break time. 
How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? 
  • An Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) is employed by Yewlands to improve attendance and support families.
    - At both KS3 and 4, the EWO visits the home of students where attendance is a cause for concern,
    - Regular telephone contact is maintained with families,
    - Text reminders and calls are made prior to any key examinations to ensure parents and students are aware of the dates/times for the exams,
    - Regular reward weeks are held for best form attendance and breakfast is provided for the winning group,
  • The behaviour policy, introduced  February 2014 saw the introduction of:
    - An isolation room, which enables students to be taken from a lesson where their behaviour is a concern; a learning mentor will speak to the student during the lesson and will suggest strategies for the student to implement in the future.
    - An internal exclusion room is the next level of support to modify student behaviour. The student works in the inclusion room for the day and is again spoken to by an Assistant Head of Year about their behaviour and how it can be modified to enable the student to continue learning effectively within the classroom.
  • Extreme behaviour is monitored by the Assistant Head, responsible for behaviour management. A series of meetings are arranged with the student:
    - initially with the Assistant Head of Year/ Head of Year,
    - A further meeting will include the Assistant Head,
    - Ultimately a series of Governor meetings will then be held, where both the parent/carer and the student agree to the stipulations set out by the Chair of Governors.
  • The behaviour policy reflects on the 'reasonable adjustments' for students with SEND
Do you offer Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs or Holiday Clubs? Please specify. 

We offer breakfast, after school and school holiday clubs.

How do you consult with and involve learners in their education? 
  • Communication with parents use a variety of methods including:
    - letters home,
    - email,
    - telephone conversations,
    - text messaging,
    - parents’ evenings. 
  • Academic progress is reviewed at set intervals throughout the year.
  • An ‘SEND Drop-In’ facility is available each week, where families of SEND students are welcome to come and air any concerns they may have about their child.
  • Periodically parent workshops are offered to discuss wider issues of SEND concerns; we welcome any ideas parents may have for workshops and learning opportunities. 
  • SEND students are represented on Yewlands Student Council.
  • One Page Profiles are currently being developed which give more information to teachers from the student’s point of view about what works and doesn’t work for them.
Do you have an online prospectus? Are there open days for families and learners? 
  • An online prospectus is available on the website.
  • A Y5/6 open evening is held in the Autumn term.
  • Transition evenings are held throughout the Spring term for the Y6 students, in preparation for joining Yewlands in the September; families are also invited to some of these events.
  • Families are offered the opportunity to walk around the school with a member of staff to experience a typical school day.
  • Summer School transition club
  • Individual 1:1 visits on request
  • KS3/KS4 transition evening (including SEND advice available)
Do you offer outreach to home educating families? 
  • There are no specific services or facilities offered to those home educating. Close links with Hospital and Home Education service ensure work is provided as appropriate for students who cannot attend school due to long term illness/medical conditions.

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