Margaret Beaufort Middle School & Arts College
Together there is no question that we want the highest possible standards of education and care for the children. Margaret Beaufort is a school where children excel, achieve and enjoy; make their own positive contribution; where their health, safety and well-being is understood and promoted.
We develop pupils’ self-confidence, self-esteem, independence and encourage enterprising behaviour; and we provide opportunities for pupils to personalise their learning and to engage into a wide range of activities that prepare them, for modern life.
How we support your child's learning
The initial point of contact at Margaret Beaufort is your child’s form tutor. Communication through weekly home/ school organiser is important. School will respond to both email and/or telephone requests. Margaret Beaufort offers parental consultation evenings within the first term as well as half way through the year. If your child is receiving interventions, there will be termly reports which will allow for parental and pupil voice. There is an interim report to parents as well as an end of year school report to reflect upon progress made.
Parents can request a meeting with the form tutor, subject teacher or Special Education Needs/Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCo) at anytime during the academic year for a progress check.
Accessibility of our service
Margaret Beaufort has limited wheelchair access. There is ramp access to the main school and around the lower floor and a lift is available to access the school hall, and dining hall. However the first and second floor is inaccessible to wheelchair users. Lessons are re-allocated to ground floor rooms when required. We have allocated disabled toilets
Special Educational Needs are met through communication with outside agencies who are assigned to the pupil.
We have set programmes available for pupils with English As Additional Language (EAL) which include visual aids. We will provide 1:1 provision if required.
How we identify SEN
Prior to the three transfer days, liaison meetings with the Lower Schools, ensures individual information regarding children with SEN is highlighted and understood. A parent’s evening for new Year 4 children and their parents, prior to the transfer days, is held to afford opportunities to meet their child’s form tutor so they can answer any questions or concerns. Children with SEN will be further identified through baseline testing, teacher referrals and concerns about lack of progress through wave one and two of teaching. Joint discussions with the teacher, parents, child and SENCO will occur. If necessary, a referral to the appropriate agency will be made.
How we support your child/young person
Quality First Teaching in the classroom is the responsibility of the subject teacher. Differentiation takes place in the classroom so all children can access the lesson. Intervention for English and Maths, led by the subject lead but delivered by trained teaching assistants, occurs if your child is identified as needing extra support. These pupils will have a provision map which will be explained to the parents of SEN during the consultation evenings. The SENCo will report measures of impact to the SEN Governor of the school and demonstrate intervention outcomes. Effectiveness of support to our pupils is demonstrated on our tracker and through an individual provision map.
How we match the curriculum to your child's needs
We provide a highly structured continued professional development programme which focuses upon Quality First Teaching. This encompasses differentiation. Personalised differentiation of the pupil is met through the SENCo providing clear communication of strategies and detailed difficulties of the pupils to ensure in-class support. TA’s will monitor whether the child has met the learning objective in the lesson and use appropriate resources to ensure this is fulfilled.
The support we give to your child's well being
At Margaret Beaufort we hold, review and manage care plans for pupils with medical needs, in consultation with the school nurse. With emotional needs a pupil will have an emotional plan. Behaviour is managed by the Heads of Key Stage in liaison with the SENCo and Safeguarding Officer for potential need for referral onto other professionals. Our Safeguarding Officer will also oversee and monitor patterns of attendance. The pupil will be involved in meetings which relate to a plan for them and they can be heard as to how they would like to be managed, for example, they may take up a school mentor or simply have an ‘as and when’ required level of support. The child will be supported to decide what level of support will suit their needs. There is a dedicated member of Student Support and TA mentoring support available at all times.
The expertise we have access to
At Margaret Beaufort our SENCo is SEN qualified and holds the Master’s-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. We have four teaching assistants (Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), and NVQ Level 2 and 3). Two TAs are First Aid trained. All TAs are trained in Safeguarding, Team Teach, Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness, Social Stories, Behaviour Management, Restorative Justice, Attachment Disorder, Dyslexia Awareness, as well as training in numerous interventions.
Margaret Beaufort access multi agencies for our pupils such as Educational Psychology Drop-Ins, CAMHs, CHUMS, Intensive Family Support, Relate, Talk Time, Social Work skills and Speech Therapy.
All members of staff are Epipen/Jexpen trained.
How we include your child in extra curricular activities
We provide enough support for pupils to access school trips. We will liaise with the agencies that are assigned to each pupil and provide staff training if needed before the trip. Parents are fully involved in the planning of trips of our pupils.
Our breakfast and after school homework, sports, drama and music clubs are accessible to all pupils.
How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting
At Margaret Beaufort we provide extra visits, prior to our three transition days, if needed. Transition days occur for every year group to experience time in their new forms, understand what to expect in that year group and become familiar with their new form tutor and new routines.
The SENCo will visit the feeder schools to meet the Year 4 children, class teacher and SENCo to exchange information well in advance of the three transition days. A transition meeting with the Sharnbrook Upper School SENCo also takes place to exchange information.
How we match our resources to your child
Support at Margaret Beaufort is evidence driven. If a child is making little progress, more support will be allocated. This will be measured with our intervention tracker. The SENCo, in consultation with the Head of English and Maths, will decide what support is needed for progress to be made and in narrowing the gap. Parents will be notified of such progress through termly reports.
Budgets are allocated each year to the SEN department to manage resources.
How we involve parents
We have an open door policy to parents. Parents are able to meet, or email, their child’s form tutor, subject teacher or SENCo regarding progress checks, whether academic or personal development, anytime throughout the year.
How we include your child in the planning of their support
Pupil voice is paramount therefore the pupil’s input into their Pupil Profile Sheet ensures their wishes and aspirations are taken into account. Pupil’s considerations are taken into account when conducting Interventions.
Pupil voice will also be recorded on their termly reports.
General Contact Information
At Margaret Beaufort you can contact your child’s form tutor, Head of Key Stage or the school SENCo. Any questions or concerns, please contact the school.
The named school SENCo is Mrs Di Graham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To support parents, you are also able to contact the Local Authority Parent Partnership. The Local Authority Local Offer is available through a link on our schools website.
Contact for more information
- Mrs Di Graham
- High Street, Riseley, Bedford, MK44 1DR
- 01234 708213
- SEN Link:
Record Last Reviewed On: 15/12/2015