We at St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy understand that each pupil has individual and unique needs. However, some pupils require more support than others to achieve. Many pupils may require help throughout their time in education, while others may need a little extra support for a short period to help them overcome more temporary needs. If these pupils are to achieve their full potential, we must recognize this and plan accordingly. Our Academy aims to provide all pupils with strategies for dealing with their needs in a supportive environment, and to give them meaningful access to the academy curriculum.

Inclusion at St Ursula’s includes:

·         Special Educational Needs

·         Gifted and Talented Children

·         Children with English as an additional Language

·         Child Protection

·         Looked After Children

·         Child Action Teams (Family Support Workers, Primary Mental Health Workers, Prevention and Support Workers, Emotional Welfare Development Workers)

·         Educational Psychology

·         In school Interventions

·         Deployment of Support Staff

·         Liaison with Medical Professionals

If you have any queries about Inclusion at St Ursula’s please make an appointment to see Miss Whittaker at the School Office.

Please find attached  St Ursula's SEN Information

Supporting Children with Additional Needs

St Ursula’s complies fully with the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice (2014).

Our approach to inclusion will be based on bespoke nurturing and solutions that are shaped by the evidence of what raises pupils’ attainment in the core subjects. We believe that this approach will build self-confidence and raise esteem.

We believe that the best way to meet the needs of the majority of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is to provide them with high quality, differentiated classroom teaching alongside their peers. As such, as well as providing individual and group support, we will look to include all pupils in whole class activities wherever possible.


Graduated approach

The 2014 Code recommends a graduated approach of action for children with SEND which is in addition to, or different from, the differentiated curriculum normally provided. St Ursula’s Graduated approach is included below.

However each case will be considered on an individual basis and where necessary, action will be taken outside of the graduated approach.


The Individual Education Plan (IEP)

If the parents and the academy decide that a pupil should receive extra support or they have a Statement or Education and Health care plan (EHCP), the academy will work with the parents and other agencies, if appropriate, in order to employ strategies to assist progress. The strategies employed to enable a pupil to progress will be recorded within an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP will only record information which is additional to, or different from, the differentiated curriculum plan that is in place as part of the provision for all pupils.

The IEP will include:

·         the short-term targets set for or by the pupil

·         the teaching strategies to be used;

·         the provision to be put in place;

·         when the plan is to be reviewed;

·         success criteria;

·         outcomes — these will be recorded when the IEP is reviewed.


Each child’s IEP will be reviewed three times a year.

SEN Information Report 2016

SEND End of Year Report 2015/2016

SENDCo- Miss Whittaker

If you wish to make an appointment with any member of staff, please telephone the school office on 0117 962 2616


Welcome to St Ursula’s SEND information report which is part of Bristol City Council’s Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND.) Bristol City Council requests that all school settings give parents/carers information about the school’s approach to SEN provision by answering 14 questions. Our response is below.

St Ursula’s are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us if you have any queries, comments or wish to be involved in the writing of our SEN Information Report.

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as “a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child”

Bristol City Council’s Local offer can be found at:

School Context

St Ursula’s is a larger than average Academy in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. We currently have a lower than average number of children with SEND and/or learning difficulties.

How does the education setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

At St Ursula’s, each individual child is assessed and tracked throughout the academic year. Children who are seen to be not making their expected progress or attainment or are ‘falling behind’ are identified. Class teachers discuss interventions and additional provision with the SEND team and interventions are regularly monitored. If a child is seen to be under-achieving consistently, parents will be consulted and alongside the SENDCo, strategies are put in place. If you have any concerns about your child, then please talk to either your class teacher or a member of the SEND team.

How will the education support my child?

Extra provision is in place and accessible by all students within our school. Teachers identify those children that they feel would benefit from any of the interventions we offer. If provision is ‘additional to or different from’ the standard classroom tasks, then an IEP (Individual Education Plan) will be drawn up with the class teacher, parents and SENDCo.

The school works closely with outside agencies, including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, OTs, Physios, ASDOT.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All lessons at St Ursula’s are differentiated to the appropriate level for our children dependent on their specific needs. On average, this means that there are three different ability levels of tasks set for the class, although this can sometimes be differentiated individually. In this circumstance, an IEP (Individual Education Plan) will be drawn up with the class teacher, parents and SENDCo.

How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

If a parent has any concerns or worries about their child, we would ask parents to make an appointment to speak with their class teacher or SENDCo, through the school office, if there are any concerns or worries.

There are two parent’s evenings a year where you will be allocated a time to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher. A final end of year report will include progress made and next steps for learning for all children.

If your child does have an IEP, from September 2015, you will be fully involved in the writing and reviewing of the targets set, in a meeting with the SENDCo and your child’s class teacher. Targets will be provided to work on both in school and at home.

If an outside agency is attending school to visit your child, you will be fully informed to give your consent and invited in to discuss the visit and findings.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?

All staff at St Ursula’s have up to date safeguarding training and we have very strong safeguarding procedures in place. We monitor the happiness of our children,  have a worry box that children have access to at all times and our Welfare Officer will discuss all concerns with children. If a child feels lonely at playtime, we have a ‘buddy bench’ where they can go and sit, and a friend will come and ask them to join in their game.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the education setting?

The school has strong links with outside agencies. We have access to:  Educational Psychologist, School Nurse, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Vision and Hearing Support Workers, Autistic Disorder Outreach Team (ASDOT) workers, who are familiar with our school and who visit school regularly to assess and work with children.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

All staff are up to date on the recent changes from the SEND code of practice (2014). Many of our support staff have attended training such as: Autism awareness, Speech and Language, safe handling of children and have had Child Protection training.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

All educational opportunities are made available to all children at St Ursula’s. Support staff are always available to assist children during all curriculum activities including school trips. All children are included on all trips and teaching staff visit educational visit settings prior to the trip to carry out risk assessments and inform staff of any SEND issues that could possibly arise.

How accessible is the education setting?

The school site is built on several levels, with stairways leading up and down to different areas of the school. Access for a wheelchair is restricted throughout the site. All trip hazards are highlighted along with stairways.

How will the education setting prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?

We encourage all new children to visit school prior to starting their education with us. If required, the SENDCo will contact a previous school for to discuss your child’s needs to aid their transition.

Home visits take place in the first few weeks of school, where the Reception class teachers and support staff will visit children in their own home to get to know the children.

If your child leaves us to join another school, all relevant paperwork applicable to your child is passed on to the receiving school.

How are the education setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

St Ursula’s has an SEND budget, which is distributed according to individual needs. Some of this budget is set aside to provide equipment or resources for a specific child if there is a need e.g. Braille paper, ICT programme. If a child has a specific SEND, the school will apply for a statutory assessment, which may come with additional funding. If the Academy feels it is appropriate, this funding will be used to provide additional adult resources for that child.

If an outside agency is required to make an assessment or observation, the Academy will provide this out of its SEND budget.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

At St Ursula’s, if needed, we will arrange a meeting with the Head teacher, parents, class teacher and SENDCo to  discuss the options for additional support. In class support is always available through our class support staff.

How are parents involved in the education setting? How can I be involved?

We actively encourage parents to get involved with school life. All parents are invited to attend 2 parent’s evenings a year to discuss their child’s progress.

If your child has an IEP, from September 2015, you will be invited to help set and review targets for this document along with the class teacher, support staff, outside agencies and the SENDCo.

You may also be asked to attend an Annual Review Meeting where your expertise about your own child’s progress will be extremely important.

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact the school office on 0117 962 2616 and ask to speak to, or arrange a meeting with,

Miss Whittaker (SENDCo) and she will be happy to discuss how we can meet your child’s needs with you.

Bristol supportive parents can be contacted at or by phoning 0117 989 7725

A copy of our Academies Graduated Response document can be found here.


St Ursula's E-ACT Academy Accessibility Plan 2016



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