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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions from Parents/Carers:

Question Answer Who can help
What do I do if I think my child may have
special educational needs?
  • Contact the Curriculum Leader for SEND.
  • Curriculum Leader for SEND will meet you and discuss your concerns.
  • Information about your child will be gathered from teachers.
  • An assessment of needs will take place and if an area of SEND is identified, appropriate support will be put in place and your child will be added to our SEN register.
  • It may be that a referral is made to other professional agencies.

Ms Jane Dempster (maternity cover for student concerns)

Ms Jessica Foster (on maternity leave)

Tel: 0113 393 0304 (Ext. 246)

E-mail: janedempster@allertongrange.com

Ms Rachel Seller, Administrator for SEND, DAHIT and Safeguarding

Tel: 0113 393 0304 (Ext. 246)

E-mail:

rachelseller@allertongrange.com

How will school support my child?
  • An Education Passport will be drawn up, outlining the young person’s strengths, areas of need and strategies that teachers should use to support their identified needs.
  • Lessons are differentiated to match individual needs.
  • There may be some additional in class support by a teaching assistant.
  • The young person may be placed in a specific programme of intervention, such as Sound Training for improving reading and spelling.

Subject teachers

Form tutors

Behaviour and Welfare Managers

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s
needs?
  • Schemes of learning are designed to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Each student has access to a curriculum which is differentiated to challenge and meet individual needs.
  • Students may be grouped to access targeted support or specific resources.
  • Departments provide bespoke interventions.
  • In exceptional circumstances, school may disapply or modify the national curriculum and its assessment requirements for an individual student.

Curriculum Leaders

How accessible is the school?
  • The school building has been designed to meet a wide range of accessibility requirements.
  • There is a lift to enable students to access all floors and disabled toilets are provided.
  • Building acoustics meet the BATOD Standard.
  • Specialist desks, chairs and other furniture and equipment are used for students with physical needs, as and when necessary, on the advice of the Local Authority.
  • All reasonable steps are taken to ensure SEND students are not disadvantaged.
  • Parents/carers are invited to discuss any individual access needs.
Curriculum Leader for SEND
How will I know how well my child is doing? How
will you help me to support my child’s learning?
  • Student reports are produced six times per year and sent to parents.
  • Reports contain the current level/grade, attitude, target and comments given during the data collection along with a record of the behaviour and achievement points and attendance data for the student.
  • Tutors discuss the reports with students following each reporting cycle and set targets.
  • Teachers discuss progress with parents at the annual Parent Consultation Evening.
  • Termly reviews take place for students with Education, Health and Care Plans. Parents / Carers are invited to these.
  • Professionals from external agencies consult with parents / carers.
  • Parents / carers are encouraged to be involved in supporting their child’s education in consultation with subject teachers, behaviour and welfare managers and form tutors.
  • Parents / carers are encouraged to use the ‘Show My Homework’ app, which can be accessed on the school website or downloaded onto any smartphone.
  • Achievement and behaviour can be monitored by downloading the app from www.schoolgateway.com which can be viewed on i-phones and android as well as laptops/desktops.
  • Parents / carers of young people with SEND are always welcome to contact CL for SEND to share concerns or request an appointment.
Curriculum Leader for SEND
What support will there be for my child’s
overall well-being?
  • Allerton Grange School is passionate about the wellbeing of its students and all staff have responsibility for ensuring the highest level of pastoral care is provided.
  • We are proud of the specialist support that The Behaviour and Welfare Team provides for students.
  • There is an experienced team of designated Child Protection staff.
  • All staff are trained in child protection procedures to ensure the safeguarding of all students.
Ms Sarah Whittingham

Assistant Headteacher, Behaviour and Safeguarding

sarahwhittingham@allertongrange.com

Ms Ruth Phillips

CLA and Safeguarding Lead

ruthphillips@allertongrange.com

What specialist services and expertise are
available or accessed by the school?
  • Teachers of The Deaf
  • Communication Support Workers
  • Deaf Instructors
  • Advisory Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Child Protection Advisors
  • STARS (Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards)
  • SENIT (Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team)
  • Educational Psychologists
  • SENSAP (Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment and Provision service)
  • NHS therapists
  • Social Services

Ms Kim Davis

Lead Teacher of the Deaf

Kimdavis@allertongrange.com

 

Ms Jane Dempster (Ms Jessica Foster - maternity leave)

Ms Sarah Whittingham

 

Ms Ruth Phillips

What training and development is done by staff
supporting those with SEND?
  • All staff undertake continuous professional development (CPD) which includes training on SEND so that staff can understand, support and develop our students with particular needs, be up-to-date with developments and share best practice.
  • Staff are responsible for identifying their training needs in their own development plans.
  • Teacher Learning Communities have been established for bespoke, personalised CPD with a focus on assessment for learning with SEND students.
  • SEND Champions take a leading role in cascading information and training programmes.
  • Members of The Behaviour and Welfare Team have specialist training in promoting SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health).
  • Regular meetings take place with teaching assistants which include skill sharing.
  • Staff Training needs are also identified through monitoring processes and addressed at an individual level.

Mr Hadi Alnassiri

Staff Development Leader

 

 

Ms Jane Dempster (Ms Jessica Foster - maternity leave)

How will my child be included in activities
outside the classroom?
  • At Allerton Grange School, we strive to be fully inclusive and our aim is to involve SEND students in activities both in and out of the classroom.
  • Wherever possible, activities and school trips are available to all. Parents/carers may be involved in planning of activities to ensure safety and inclusion.
  • Risk assessments are undertaken and appropriate procedures put in place to safeguard our young people when participating in activities.
The main office will help you contact the most relevant member of staff to help

 

Ms Jane Dempster (Ms Jessica Foster - maternity leave) 

Behaviour and Welfare Manager

How will the school help children and young
people transfer to the next phase of education?
  • Transition arrangements are firmly established in school to support students moving between year groups, phases and settings. In school, transition is made smooth by the quality of data which teachers can access about students on SIMS. Exercise books and folders are also transferred so that new subject teachers can identify starting points.

KS2 to KS3

  • Information sharing with primary schools begins in spring, including discussions and data collection.
  • Year 6 students attend Taster Days at Allerton Grange.
  • SEND students attend Ambassador Mornings, representing their school on an information gathering activity task.
  • Curriculum Leader for SEND collects information from primary school SENCOs, visits SEND students and attends EHCP Reviews where possible.
  • A Parents’ Information Evening takes place for the New Year 7 intake.

KS4 to KS5

  • During Key Stage 4, careers plans are drawn up by the Careers Coordinator and reviewed as needed.
  • Plans are used to inform decision-making about the most appropriate curriculum for students when selecting subject options.
  • The Careers Coordinator attends EHCP Reviews of SEND students from Year 9 to support transition planning.
  • Year 9 Guidance Evening and Options Information Evening.
  • Transition Meetings with colleges and other providers.

Ms Leanne Hosty

Key Stage 3 Manager and Transition Lead

leannehosty@allertongrange.com

 

 

Ms Jane Dempster (Ms Jessica Foster - maternity leave)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Lorna McDermott

Careers Coordinator

lornamcdermott@allertongrange.com

How are school resources allocated and matched to the children’s needs?

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

  • The SEND budget is delegated by the Local Authority to the Governing Body.
  • In addition to the notional SEND budget, Leeds City Council provides top-up funding for a small number of students with a high level of need.
  • Funding is allocated to support identified needs, including the deployment of staff, resources and equipment.
  • Decisions about the type and amount of support a student with SEND requires are made by the Curriculum Leader for SEND in collaboration with parents/carers, the student themselves if appropriate, Behaviour and Welfare Managers and any services who are involved with a student.
  • The best package of support will be presented accordingly and reviewed regularly to ensure it is having a positive impact on the student’s learning and progress.

Ms Catriona Wilkinson
Parent Governor with responsibility for SEND

How are parents / carers involved in the school?

All parents/carers are encouraged to take an active part in their child’s or young person’s education and are welcome to contact school at any time to discuss any concerns about their child’s education and well-being.

Parents can keep informed through regular website updates, student reports, consultation evening and school apps.

The Allerton Grange Parent Forum is an excellent opportunity for parents to get involved and contribute to many aspects of the school. The forum meets on a regular basis and new members are always welcome.

The main office who will help you contact the most relevant member of staff to help

 

 

 

Ms Beverley Manfredi

Headteacher’s P.A.

beverleymanfredi@allertongrange.com

 Who can I contact for further information?  
  • Teaching and Learning

 

 

 

  • Pastoral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Attendance
 

Ms Kirsty Myers

Deputy Headteacher

kirstymyers@allertongrange.com

 

Mr Phil Derych (Mrs Jen Green - maternity leave)

Progress and Welfare Manager, Year7

philderych@allertongrange.com 

Mr David Gracey

Progress and Welfare Manager, Year 8

davidgracey@allertongrange.com 

Ms Sabiah Altaf

Progress and Welfare Manager, Year 9

sabiahaltaf@allertongrange.com

Ms Connie Lima (long term cover)

Progress and Welfare Manager, Year 10

gilliangordon@allertongrange.com

Ms Jess Walker

Progress and Welfare Manager, Year 11

jesswalker@allertongrange.com

 

 

Ms Natalie Harris

Attendance Manager

natalieharris@allertongrange.com

 

 

"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent