Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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SENDCo: Miss C Thwaite
Lead of Alternative Education: Mrs C Finn
Senior member of staff i/c of SEND and Inclusion: Mrs J. Arnold – Deputy Headteacher
(0151 477 8860/ office@lordderbyacademy.co.uk)

Parents of children with special needs and disabilities are no different to any other parents in that you are looking for an environment where your child is most likely to thrive: where they will feel happy, safe and secure and benefit from the kind of teaching, support and pastoral care that enables them to reach their potential.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Lord Derby Academy is a very inclusive school. Children with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities are successfully included in our mainstream setting, with varying degrees of support.

For children hoping to, or about to, join Lord Derby Academy there will be a significant amount of liaison between us and your child’s current school to ensure that the transition is a smooth as possible.

All pupils with SEND are fully timetabled within the school timetable, including mixed ability tutor groups, ability sets and, in the later years, the option groups for the Key Stage 4 curriculum. However, on entry in Year 7 and Year 8 a small number of pupils with very particular individual needs are taught in a small group, in order to support their transition and integration to secondary school and to target any specific areas of development. The school receives funding for pupils on an Education Health Care Plan. This is delegated to meet each child’s needs according to their Pupil Support Plan, reviewed annually, which is produced in partnership with the Local Authority.

We have outstanding links with the Local Authority and many other specialist support agencies. They complement our own experience and expertise in meeting the needs of all our children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including the assessment of any child whose needs may emerge during secondary education.

The school ensures that any pupil with a disability has full access to all facilities and the whole curriculum.

Please click below to access the Knowsley SEND Offer:

Knowsley SEND offer

Please click below for information regarding Lord Derby Academy approach to SEND.

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