We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
Belmont Community School understands that transition between schools and other establishments is sometimes an anxious time for parents/carers and students, especially for students with SEN.
The SENDCo liases with primary schools prior to students transferring to Belmont Community School.
All Year 6 students who will be attending Belmont Community School, are invited in for two transition days in the summer term, when they spend their days in their new tutor group and take part in activities to help them adjust to life at Belmont Community School. Many students with SEN are invited in for extra transition sessions to introduce them to life at Belmont Community School to try to allay any anxieties as much as possible. In addition to this, prior to starting Year 7 in September, there is also a summer school in August available to all students qualifying for pupil premium.
For students with an EHC Plan, the SENDCo will attend Year 6 statement review meetings where possible to begin to understand the needs of these students and plan their transition. For students with high transition needs, the SENDCo will put in place a more personalised transition programme, in conjunction with the primary school and parents/carers. Parents/carers of students with statements of special educational needs in Year 5 who are considering a placement at Belmont Community School are very welcome to contact the SENDCo at any time to discuss their child’s needs or arrange a meeting or visit.
For students leaving Year 11, the SENDCo works with our post 16 provision coordinator, vocational experience administrator, careers advisors and the one point service to ensure that all students have thought through their next steps and have appropriate applications to post16 providers. We also liaise with their next provider to ensure that they understand about a student’s support needs by providing a learning disability assessment (LDA) created in conjunction with students, families and the one point service. All students with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan will have access to the above services from Year 10 onwards.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.