Mount Gilbert School SEN Information Report 2015

Our SEN Information Report will be updated annually to reflect changes and plans within the school. This report reflects the current provision within Mount Gilbert School.

What are the kinds of special educational needs that are provided for at Mount Gilbert School?

Mount Gilbert School is a day special school for children aged 11 – 16 with social, emotional and mental health difficulties as described in the SEN Code of Practice. In addition students may have a learning difficulty, sensory or physical difficulty. A number of students have a diagnosis of ADHD or autism.

What are the school’s policies for the identification and assessment of students attending the school?

All pupils/students will be under assessment, or have a statement of special educational needs or, from September 2014, an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We are currently in the process of transferring all pupils over to an EHCP with the support of colleagues from Telford and Wrekin Local Authority and we will continue to support parents through this process.

Further information on the admissions process to our school can be found on our website.

What is the provision for students at Mount Gilbert School and how is it evaluated?

Our school is place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Individuality is celebrated and diversity recognised and welcomed.

Our aim is to create a safe, secure and happy learning environment in which all members of the community can flourish.

How do we achieve this?

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • Interactions are designed to foster positive relationships
  • Everything we do models our high expectations
  • Nurture provides the building blocks to enable pupils to develop
  • By being reflective practitionersFull details of our curriculum and assessment processes can be seen in our teaching and learning policy (found on our website).All staff have a responsibility to meet the needs of all pupils at Mount Gilbert School

School staff details are on the website. The school contact details are also on the website.

Staffing levels are enhanced so that pupils are taught in classes of up to 8 with a teacher and a teaching assistant. All staff have clear job descriptions which detail the required qualifications for each post in school. All staff have a core training programme related to their work as a teaching assistant, senior teaching assistant or teacher.

The school receives advice from a range of health professionals in order to meet the needs of the students, including Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and CAMHS. We are working closely with our health and social care colleagues to implement the new SEN Code of Practice.

All parents and families are welcome to visit the school prior to their child attending the school.

What are the arrangements for consulting parents of children/young people at Mount Gilbert School and involving them in the education of their child?

At Mount Gilbert School parents are fully included in the process of working with their children.

This includes:

  • Initial visits to school
  • Introductory meetings
  • Termly parent/teacher meetings
  • Three school reports a year – a full report and two interim reports to inform parents of their child’s progress
  • Annual Review meeting and report
  • Parent workshops and training
  • Coffee mornings
  • Parental Representation on Governing Body
  • Parent involvement in changes in school through informal and formal consultations

What are the arrangements for consulting young people at Mount Gilbert School about, and involving them in, their education?

All students are treated with dignity and respect. The curriculum is fully differentiated and personalised for each student to ensure access to the curriculum. Pupils are consulted with on an individual basis each term via Pupil Consultation Meetings.

The School Council involves students in contributing towards and deciding upon aspects of school life.

The assessment and annual review process of statements of SEN and EHC Plans includes the choices and views of pupils/student.

What are the arrangements made by the governing body for dealing with complaints from parents/carers of pupils/students in relation to the provision made at Mount Gilbert School?

The process for all complaints is made available in the complaints procedure which is updated each year and is available on the website. Complaints are dealt with by a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the first instance, if the complaint cannot be resolved it will be passed to the Chair of the Governing Body.

How does the governing body involve others – including health, social services, local authority services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of students at Mount Gilbert and in supporting their families?

We have a wide range of staff working together within the school to support students and their families. Some are employed directly by the school, others are bought in services or services provided as part of the Local Authority’s core offer to support schools.

Classroom staff are employed directly by the school. This includes teachers, teaching assistants and the student support team. Admin staff are also school employees.

School Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and CAMHS workers are employees of Shropshire Community Health Trust. All these professionals work within school training staff, advising staff, working with children and young people.

Transport to school is organised by the Local Authority not the school. Transport staff are employed by the transport companies.

There are social workers allocated to some students within the school, employed by the Local Authority and based within the Children Specialist Services.

Contact numbers for support services, described above, are available from school on request. If you have a query relating to these areas it is best to contact the professionals directly. This will ensure that your message/queries/concerns are dealt with in the most efficient way.

What are the school’s arrangements for supporting students in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood?

Students are increasingly supported in planning for their transition from school to adult life.  Staff from Future Focus (previously Connexions) and the Transition Team work with pupils in school to get to know them and to advise both students and parents/ carers on what is available after leaving Mount Gilbert School. The Future Focus worker attached to school attends all annual reviews in Yrs 9, 10 and 11. They also spend regular time in school each week meeting students on an individual basis. Students are supported by staff from school in attending interviews with local FE colleges and visits to post 16 providers throughout the course of Y11.

Where is the information on the Telford and Wrekin’s local offer published?

There is further detail on our website on our own school offer for SEND and this links to the Local Offer on the Family Connect pages on Telford and Wrekin’s website –

If you have any queries or requests for policies or information relating to this report please contact the Head Teacher – Lisa Lyon on 01952 387670