Witchford Village College is an inclusive school, and we will always aim to make all reasonable adjustments to accommodate and support a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
• has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.
For children of secondary age, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to, or different, from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools.
The College aims to
Students are supported in a number of different ways from specific support offered by our excellent team of specialist staff to differentiated work from our teaching team. Other needs are also supported, especially for students with very specific disabilities. Small group sessions as well as one to one style tutoring is also offered where identified. Each strategy required is assessed and provided on a student’s specific basis by our SENCO Mrs N Paine.
The Cabin is a Local Authority funded provision which provides a highly supportive setting for students in the College with a diagnosis of autism. The care and support provided in this nurturing environment prepares the students well for making progress in lessons in the rest of the College. Members of the Cabin attend lessons and are supported in order to do so and where it is deemed necessary. The students are also provided with additional support with regards to interventions e.g. Speech and language, occupational therapy and mindfulness. The Cabin supports students during their social time and provides a safe environment at lunchtime for students to socialise.
Our vision is to provide an outstanding level of education for students with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism. To offer them outstanding facilities in every respect, where they can develop independence and life skills, and integrate into mainstream education with the support they need to help them to be successful and make good levels of progress.
We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn in a place where they feel safe and free from anxiety. We provide an environment of stimulation and challenge where students are able to engage in their interests and fulfill their academic and social potential; a place that offers them a sense of belonging and well-being; a place where they can grow into adulthood with the same expectations as everyone else and meet the challenges of 21st century life. The goal is to help our students acquire the skills they need to do this. To achieve this, we offer support in mainstream lessons, small groups or on an individual basis in an attempt to encourage independence in line with support.
Our mission is to provide a broad and balanced education where students are supported to fully develop their academic and social potential. We aim to meet their individual needs and to ensure they have the confidence and skill set to realise their ambitions.
Our aims are: