New Horizons Children’s Academy receive SEND Inclusion Award
New Horizons Children’s Academy is celebrating after being the first school in the Kent local authority area to achieve the SEND Inclusion Award.
The SEND Inclusion Award offers mainstream schools the opportunity to review, develop and gain accreditation for their provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Specifically, the award concentrates on ‘outcomes’ for pupils and how schools can demonstrate the impact of their SEND provision.
The review process and report identified a number of key strengths within the school including evidence of strong leadership by the highly trained and experienced SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and the Inclusion Team and excellent displays around the school echoing the ethos of the school and displays supporting children’s mental health. The report also highlighted strengths in learning such as a Worry Board, a range of rooms and spaces for interventions and very practical resources to support inclusion of all children.
It was demonstrated within the review that both pupils with SEND and their families feel consistently supported by the school with individual needs being met and excellent communication. Parents also contributed to the review process with their own stories of how the school has made a difference to their child and themselves.
Jody Murphy, Headteacher at New Horizons said:
“We are thrilled with the result and feel that the accreditation supports the hard work of staff at New Horizons and accurately reflects the provision provided for pupils with SEND as well as the progress they make.
“We plan to build on this achievement through continual monitoring of provision and reflection of our strengths and areas for development.”
Stuart Gardner, CEO of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:
“We are all very proud of New Horizons’ accomplishment, being the first school in the local authority to achieve the SEND Inclusion Award.
“This achievement very much reflects the Trust’s ethos of ‘Aspire, Challenge, Achieve’ and I would like to congratulate all those involved in this fantastic effort.”