Wixams Academy

Mission Statement

Our vision is to provide all of our students with a first-class academic education comparable with the very best schools nationally. We also aim to develop those skills and qualities in our students’ character which, hand-in-hand with exam qualifications, will deliver success and resilience in later life.
When our students leave us, they will be fully qualified, motivated and personally equipped to succeed in life and contribute to a rapidly changing world.
Our values

• Determination
• Respect
• Responsibility
• Community
• Honesty
• Compassion

How we support your child's learning

Wixams Academy staff are available anytime by email or telephone if a parent has any concerns regarding their son /daughter. Appointments can be made for a personal discussion if this is required.
Academic progress is closely monitored for all students and there are regular opportunities for parents and carers to discuss their son/daughter’s progress. Reports will be sent home on a regular basis. However, if there are concerns at any other time in the school year, a phone call home may take place.
Students are given aspirational targets based on several criteria and they will be supported to achieve these.
Wixams Academy aim to develop the “whole student” and offer lots of opportunities to develop confidence and ability beyond the classroom.
Students are issued with a “planner” and parents/carers are encouraged to look at these and may make written, brief comments. Some students will require more than this and regular home/school contact may be instigated on a 1:1 basis.

Accessibility of our service

As a new building, we are fully compliant with the latest regulations. Upper floors are accessible via a lift and there are accessible toilet facilities. We also have a designated hygiene room with shower facility.
Communication with parents and carers whose first language is not English will be on an individual basis.
All young people are individuals and any additional needs will be met on an individual basis.
All students are provided with a laptop/tablet for individual use.

How we identify SEN

At Wixams Academy we aim to make all lessons fully inclusive. A variety of teaching and learning styles will be catered for in the classrooms. When a need is identified, some interventions (eg small group work or 1:1 sessions) may be offered. These may be delivered by the subject teacher or by the Student Support Department. A procedure is in place for staff to raise any concerns with the SendCo who will investigate and liaise with parents/carers. Parents/carers are also free to communicate with the SendCo if they have any concerns.

How we support your child/young person

Any intervention or additional support will be monitored by SendCo, Subject teachers and Senior Leadership Team. Parents/carers will be kept informed of any additional support being given to their son/daughter. The Academy has a named SEND governor who will regularly meet with the SendCo.
All interventions are carefully evaluated to ensure effectiveness.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

All subject staff are expected to meet the needs of every student in their classes. Differentiation will take many different forms and will be tailored to meet the needs of the student. If appropriate, the curriculum offer can be adapted to meet a specific need.

The support we give to your child's well being

As for any student at the Academy, there is a strong relationship encouraged with their form tutor. Additional support is offered via the Student Support Department and Senior Leadership Team. Student Support offers a “Quiet Room” at breaktimes for students who need a more nurturing environment.
First Aid is currently administered by our Office Manager who oversees the Medicines Policy.
We always welcome the “voice of the student” throughout all school activities. All students will be supported appropriately, on an individual basis, to be able to contribute their views.

The expertise we have access to

All Academy staff are experts in their subject areas and appropriately qualified. The Academy currently accesses school health services, therapists, autism support and other support agencies offered within Bedford Borough.
We work closely with all agencies involved with the students and their families.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

As a fully inclusive school, all activities are open to all students. Additional support will be provided for any student wishing to partake in any extra-curricular activity on an individual basis. Parents/carers will be included in any planning for such support.
A breakfast facility is available for all students (free of charge) and there is a vast array of activities available in after school clubs.
SEND students will be actively encouraged to make the most of these opportunities.

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

Students will be prepared in Year 6 for transfer to Wixams Academy in a variety of ways. Students may be visited by staff and students prior to starting at Wixams. There will be an opportunity to spend a day at the Academy in the summer term and additional visits may be arranged if there is a need.
The SendCo may also make additional visits prior to transfer.
It is important that students are ready to join a secondary school and are prepared for the changes.
All school files are passed between schools at all phases and additional dialogues may take place if required.

How we match our resources to your child

The SendCo or Senior Leader will discuss the needs of the student with the parents/carers and a plan will be put in place on an individual basis. All support is evaluated regularly and the views of the parents/carers and the student are sought throughout. Data scrutiny and monitoring will also be a valuable tool in this process.

How we involve parents

There is an active PTA group who support the Academy at every opportunity. Parents/carers will also be able to give their feedback and comments via an annual questionnaire.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

Staff will discuss any changes to provision with the student and seek their comments. Their views are important and will always be considered.

General Contact Information

The first point of contact would normally be the Form Tutor if a parent/carer has any concerns.
If a parent/care is considering a place at Wixams Academy, they should contact the principal (Mr Spyropoulos).
The SendCo is Ms Chris Jones and can be contacted via email on senco@wixamsacademy.co.uk or on the main school telephone number.
Impartial advice may be sought through SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice and Support Service) via Bedford Borough.

Contact for more information

Ms Chris Jones
Green Lane, Wixams, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 6BA
01234 608950 ext 161

Record Last Reviewed On: 12/04/2018