Robert Bruce Middle School

Mission Statement

At Robert Bruce we are ‘The Link’ and we provide the link that will unite pupils, staff and carers to provide access to quality, targeted learning for all.

How we support your child's learning

At Robert Bruce we hold an open door policy where carers can raise concerns directly with the SENDCo and staff. We welcome any opportunity to support your child.
We have close liaison with all our feeder schools prior to the start of the each new academic year so that we can make your child’s transition to our school as easy as we can. School planners support home – school links.
We hold open evenings for parents to explore curriculum areas which will help you to help your child.
There is access to whole school curriculum maps via the school website. These will inform you of what is being taught in each term. These are being introduced with lots of other resources on our new website.

Accessibility of our service

Although some areas of the school do not have wheelchair access, at Robert Bruce we are inventive and have arranged to teach lessons in different classrooms to support students with access concerns and disabled toilet and changing facilities are available. We include students with hearing and visual loss tailoring the environment to their particular needs. Outside agencies are fundamental in supporting us in this role.
Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialists support students within the school day according to specific needs.

How we identify SEN

In September we carry out a baseline assessment across the school and this enables us to define the support which your child may need. As SENDCo I welcome any contact, whether at parent’s evenings or by a phone call, when you have any concerns.

How we support your child/young person

At Robert Bruce all staff are committed to supporting the learning of all our students. We use Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to identify specific needs and strategies which will support within the classroom. Parental and student views are vital within the IEP process so you will be involved, with the SENDCo, in the termly monitoring of the plans when they are amended. All staff can raise learning and emotional concerns with the SENDCo. We use school attainment data to continually monitor the progress of all our students ensuring that any special educational needs are regularly identified. All staff undergo continual SEND training as part of their professional development and the Governors have a representative who works closely with the SENDCo.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

Differentiation, which ensures that work is set at a level that your child can access, is incorporated into all curriculum areas. As SENDCo I welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have.

The support we give to your child's well being

We have close links with many educational and health agencies who will support and advise us in ways that we can best support all our students. We hold weekly drop in sessions with our school nurse when students can talk about any health worries.
Medicines are kept at the office by a trained first aider and administered as appropriate – main school. In a locked cupboard in the SEED and administered by the centre leader.
We now have a dedicated member of staff, our pastoral support worker, who can meet and work with your child, dealing with any emotional worries and concerns. We have internal inclusion in place to reduce our exclusions and individual programmes for students who need it.
We have a strong student voice who meet regularly with the leadership members to discuss any issues that have arisen. Students are encouraged through key workers to discuss and contribute to their care plans and learning plans.

The expertise we have access to

We have a multi-skilled staff of 10 who cover all our student’s identified needs. As well as support in the classroom we offer Play Therapy, Therapeutic Story Writing, Talking Partners, Speech and Language programmes and Self Esteem programmes.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

As a school we are fully inclusive and make specific arrangements for all school and outside activities. We offer breakfast and after school clubs. All curriculum based clubs of which we have many (please see the list on the website) are open to all students.

How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting

We have close liaison with all new school prior to the start of the each new academic year so that we can make your child’s transition to their next school as easy as we can. Transition days are offered and extra transition days are used for some of our students. As SENDCo I have close links the SENDCos in the next schools and will offer information regarding the support which we have offered to your child during their time at Robert Bruce.

How we match our resources to your child

The Link provides a dedicated facility where individual support and specific learning can take place. We are continually updating our resources to match the specific needs of our students on an individual basis and these are available for use in the wider school community.
This will depend on the needs of the individual students which change and the wishes of the parents which are taken into account.

How we involve parents

The Link encourages parental involvement in all decisions we make and offer open mornings/ afternoons to develop the links between home and school more fully. We are building a group of reader volunteers and you would be welcome to join this group.

General Contact Information

The SENDCo and other members of the Senior Leadership Team provide initial points of contact to discuss any concerns that you may have. We can address these concerns and involve any relevant specialists in any discussion.
Parent Partnership and Borough SEND team
The school can provide you with details of the local authority’s Local Offer.
Contact details can be found above or via the school website

Contact for more information

Mrs Jackie North
Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK42 8PU
01234 301222 ext. 244
01234 302666

Record Last Reviewed On: 23/05/2018