What arrangements are there for supporting students with special educational needs in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood?
From Primary to Secondary school:
If your child is transferring to Cheam High School and already has a special educational need, the primary school will inform the KS3 SENCO.
The KS3 SENCO attends a borough arranged meeting where primary schools share information about students with special needs.
Year 5 EHCP students and their parents are invited to attend a meeting with the KS3 SENCO in the summer term.
The school also runs Open Evenings and provides a wealth of information on its website about the courses and support offered for those considering joining the school.
In addition, once a place is offered:
- The Year 7 manager makes visits to many local primary schools to meet students transferring to the school and to collect information from their teachers. Where visits are not made, information is requested from the primary school to support transfer and class grouping
- Students are invited to attend an induction day with the rest of their tutor group allowing them to experience life at the school.
- A New Intake Evening is held for parents and students where important information is shared. Most new Year 7 tutors also attend this evening to meet their new tutees and their parents/carers. Parents/Carers are provided with a "New Beginnings" booklet giving a quick overview of how the school works.
- An additional induction day is arranged for any student but usually students with an EHCP who are deemed by their primary school as particularly vulnerable and needing additional support to cope with the transfer.
- On entry to the school, all students complete cognitive ability and literacy tests so that any potential difficulties can be picked up at the earliest stage.
- There is a Year 7 Information Evening in the first term
- The pastoral system looks to work with parents and students where there are concerns about settling in; this includes mentoring, group programmes and other support structures as needed.
- As students move between year groups, subject records are available. Data pertaining to summative past performance is also held centrally and is available for teachers and support staff as necessary. It is usual for tutors to stay with their tutor group as they move up the school.
From Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4:
Year 8 students have taster sessions for subjects which might interest them as GCSE options followed by an Opportunities at 13+ evening for Year 8 students and their parents.
Students with special educational needs and their parents/carers are able to meet with the KS3 SENCO and discuss potential option choices. Students are also given information in assemblies and in Life lessons.
From Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5:
An Opportunities at 16+ evening is held for Year 11 students and their parents to assist in the selection of courses at post 16. The school holds a “Sixth Former for the Day” event to allow students to try sixth form lessons and experience life in the sixth form.
External careers advice is also available. In addition, students can access college information and receive support for applications for college courses and/or apprenticeships.
Opportunities to build independence such as walking to lessons without the support of an LSA (who remains within sight) are built into the school day.
Work Experience placements in Year 10 are tailored for students with special education needs. School staff will liaise with work experience placements to ensure that their staff are aware of student needs. Work Experience gives students a taste of a working environment and can help inform them about which course they would like to take, post-16.
Life skills such as: how to order food and buy goods are part of the speech and language targets for some students with an EHCP.
From Key Stage 5 to Post sixth form work or study:
An evening meeting is held to provide parents with information about Higher Education; students are given support with the completion of UCAS applications; trips are taken to universities; visitors from Universities attend the school to speak to students.
Those students progrsesing to college or apprenticeships also have a programme of support to help them with the next steps.
The "Next Steps" career fair run by the school provides further sources of information and is attended by 50+ external organisations.
External career advice is available.
There is specialist support in place from teachers, learning mentors and subject surgeries.
More information about Life after the sixth form can be found by clicking here.