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At Queen Katharine Academy we believe in promoting the individual child, within a happy and secure environment, where children and staff feel valued and respect each other.

We aim to develop a sense of pride and self-esteem in each child and instil confidence so that they become independent learners and active citizens.

We are committed to supporting learners with a range of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities to reach their potential, by identifying and seeking to remove any barriers to learning.

Our support seeks to be person-centred and we will work to liaise with parents and professionals to ensure that the provision we put in place will ultimately enable a learner to achieve fulfilling outcomes well into their future.

Key Contacts:

The Assistant Principal with responsibility for overseeing SEND Provision: 

Mrs Jean Bloye who you can contact on 01733 383888
sendteam@qka.education

The TDET Trust SENCo is

Mrs Alex West who you can contact on 01733 383888.
alex.west@qka.education

There is a team of committed and experienced Teaching Assistants offering support within the school.

In addition to our Learning Support Provision, Queen Katharine Academy is also the base for the Specific Learning Difficulty Hub.

What We Do:

You will find more information about how we support the students of Queen Katharine Academy, with the types of provision we offer and our intervention programmes by clicking on the links below. 

If you do have any questions or queries, or would like to give us feedback on the SEND information on our website please do not hesitate to contact us.

An Overview of Special Educational Needs and Disability

The new SEND reforms and Code of Practice (January 2015) identifies four broad areas of Special Educational Needs.

Cognition and Learning 

What Does it Mean?

Children and young people with learning difficulties will learn at a slower pace than other children and may have greater difficulty than their peers in acquiring basic literacy or numeracy skills or in understanding concepts, even with appropriate differentiation.

Types of Provision at Queen Katharine Academy

All learners at Queen Katharine Academy receive Quality First teaching and learning.

Classroom environments are inclusive and learning tasks are differentiated, imaginative and purposeful.

Where learners continue to struggle with reading, writing or numeracy, they may be identified for intervention groups, either within the SEND department, as part of the Support Curriculum or within the English and Maths Departments.

Communication and Interaction 

What Does it Mean?

This is a term used to describe a young person’s ability to interact and communicate with their peers and other people.

Young people with difficulties in this area may also find the following a challenge:

  • Forming sounds, words and sentences
  • Initiating and maintaining conversation
  • Processing and following verbal instructions
  • Expressing ideas, opinions and communicating wishes
  • Using the appropriate words and vocabulary

Types of Provision at Queen Katharine Academy

At Queen Katharine Academy, lessons will be delivered through a range of teaching and learning strategies and a multi-sensory approach therefore ensuring that all learners have an opportunity to be successful and achieve their potential.

Where learners continue to struggle within this area, they may be identified for further intervention developing language, vocabulary and confidence.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health 

What Does it Mean?

This is a term used to describe a young person’s ability to cope emotionally and socially with situations that occur day to day.

Children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional and social development may have immature social skills and find it difficult to make and sustain healthy relationships.

Types of Provision at Queen Katharine Academy

Learners with behaviour challenges do not necessarily have an underlying special educational need and, equally, children with special educational needs do not necessarily display challenging behaviour.

Where a learner continues to struggle, the Academy will determine the most effective strategy to support them from a range of approaches, such as mentoring, key worker support, a bespoke emotional literacy programme, social skills groups, morning sports skills sessions and structured activities and clubs during break and lunch.

Physical and Sensory 

What Does it Mean?

There is a wide range of sensory and physical difficulties that affect children and young people such as Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment or Physical Disabilities.

Types of Provision at Queen Katharine Academy

We have a modern and accessible learning environment for all pupils.

Classrooms are well resourced with a variety of equipment allowing teachers to plan a multi-sensory lesson catering for the needs of all students.

We have an experienced student welfare team that oversee the medical provision for our students.