Harrold Priory Middle School

Mission Statement

Together there is no question that we want the highest possible standards of education and care for the children. Sharnbrook Academy Federation is an organisation where children achieve and enjoy; make their own positive contribution; where their health, safety and well-being is understood and promoted.
We aim to create a school community in which every child matters and thrives. We provide each child with the opportunity for growth – personal, emotional and intellectual. We aim to ensure that every child fulfils their potential and has the opportunity to excel.

How we support your child's learning

Harrold offers two parental consultation evenings, one within the first term, as well as another 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 will also be an end of year school report to reflect upon progress made.

Parents can request a meeting with the SEN Manager anytime during the academic year for a progress check.

Accessibility of our service

Harrold Priory is wheelchair friendly with ramp access around the school. We have allocated disabled toilets and auditory loop systems in place. Where necessary, SEN needs are met through communication with outside agencies who are assigned to the pupil.

We can provide set programmes for children with EAL which include visual aids and adult support as required.

How we identify SEN

Children with SEN will be identified through baseline testing, teacher referrals and whether a lack of progress has been made through wave one and two of teaching. If this is the case, a referral to the appropriate agency will be made.

How we support your child/young person

At Harrold Priory we provide weekly English and maths interventions on a rolling programme of catch-up sessions. Weekly/daily targeted interventions e.g. TRACKS and small group reading for students identified with specific learning needs are implemented. There is support from a teaching assistant within the weaker groups for maths and English, and across some of the foundation subjects. Identified 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 for our pupils is demonstrated on our data tracking systems and through individual provision maps. This is for all staff to monitor, plan, do and review.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

We provide a highly structured continued professional development (CPD) programme which focuses upon Quality First Teaching. This encompasses differentiation. Personalised differentiation of the pupil is met through the Senco providing strategies detailing the individual strengths and difficulties through our student passports, or one page profiles. 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 Harrold Priory we hold, review and manage care plans for pupils with medical needs. Pupils with emotional needs are provided with an emotional plan, including strategies from parents, relevant agencies and school staff. Behaviour is managed by the Heads of Key Stage 2 or 3 in liaison with the SEN Manager, Lead Behaviour Professional and Safeguarding Officer; this may lead to a referral onto other professionals. Our Safeguarding Officer will also oversee attendance and monitor patterns. The pupil will be involved in meetings which relate to a plan for them; their opinions will be taken into account as to how they would like to be supported. For example, they may take up a school mentor, or simply have an ‘as and when’ required level of support. The child will decide what level of support will suit their needs.

The expertise we have access to

At Harrold Priory Julie Day is an experienced SEN Manager working closely with Cat Johnson, Senco (MA SEN qualified and holds the SEN National Award). Our Teaching Assistants are trained in numerous interventions, e.g. TRACKS literacy. The Teaching Assistants work within specialist areas, for example our TA for maths intervention has an A level in mathematics and is therefore naturally inclined towards developing students maths skills. Our Safeguarding and Attendance Officer is fully trained in regard to Safeguarding children. She is also a trained Parent Support Advisor.

Harrold Priory access multi agencies for our pupils such as CAMHs, CHUMS, Intensive Family Support, Community Nurse, Occupational Therapy, Relate, Talk Time, Social Work skills and Speech Therapy.

We have recently had training in Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Restorative Justice, Attachment Disorder and Safeguarding.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

We provide support to enable 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. If required we will provide a TA to assist in an after school club.

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

Harrold Priory have an open door policy; additional visits can be arranged by contacting the school office or SENCo. Transition days occur for every year group, in July, to experience taster sessions, get to know staff and peers, and spend time in their new forms.

The Senco will meet the feeder schools’ Senco to exchange information well in advance of the transition.

How we match our resources to your child

Support at Harrold 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 alongside the Head of English and Maths will decide what 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 and carers. The SEN Manager, or other members of the support team are available to meet with parents at any time. Alternatively, parents/carers can email regarding academic, medical or personal development.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

Students often request an intervention to suit their needs through our House system or through our Yellow Room (nurture provision) where pupil voice is paramount. Pupil voice will also be recorded on their termly reports.

General Contact Information

At Harrold parents and carers can contact their child’s form teacher, Head of Key Stage 2 (Miss Davage) KS3 (Mrs Hobbs) the school SEN manager, or subject specific staff. If you are worried, please contact the school. The named school SEN manager is Julie Day.

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

Julie Day/Cat Johnson
The Green, Harrold, Bedfordshire, MK43 7DE