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Millom School 

Millom School is an 11-18 fully inclusive rural, community school serving the town of Millom and the surrounding area. At Millom School, all students are valued equally, regardless of where their abilities lie, with the school being committed to students fulfilling their potential, realising their ambitions and enjoying themselves’.

Millom School believes that all children and young people will have access to appropriate high quality education in a community that enables them to achieve the skills, knowledge and personal attributes to become responsible and successful citizens. All students have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs.

Millom School places young people and their families at the centre of everything that we provide. We value every child at our school and that is why our aim is that all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), should enjoy their education and life at school in a secure, nurturing environment which provides suitable challenges throughout their time with us.

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Matt Savidge
Contact Position
HEAD 
Telephone
01229 772300 (Phone)
01229 772883 (Fax)
E-mail
genenquires@millom.cumbria.sch.uk
Website
Millom School

Where to go

Name
Millom School
Address
Salthouse Road
Millom 
Cumbria
Postcode
LA18 5AB

Local Offer

Description

Millom School places young people and their families at the centre of everything that we provide. We value every child at our school and that is why our aim is that all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), should enjoy their education and life at school in a secure, nurturing environment which provides suitable challenges throughout their time with us.

 

Our school Local Offer aims to:

 

  • Provide clear information about what we normally provide in school to support children with SEND.

  • Provide clear information about SEND and the processes involved.

  • To support parents and carers in making decisions and taking action in support of their children’s needs.

     

    For additional information about our provision for SEND please see the SEND Information Report and the SEND Policy on the Millom School Website.

 

Contact Name
Mrs Sarah Morton
Contact Telephone
01229 772300
Contact Email
stmortons@365.millom.cumbria.sch.uk
Links
SEND Policy
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

We know when pupils need extra help if concerns are raised by individuals. This could be parent/carers, teaching staff either in primary school or when your child joins Millom School, your child, and/or other agencies that have dealings with your child. We also identify need through assessment, for example CAT tests and literacy and numeracy assessments. Teachers and other adults in Millom School constantly monitor the progress of students both academically, behaviourally, and socially; and we monitor the students' mental and physical health, which could be an indicator of need. Diagnostic testing is carried out by a qualified assessor if a referral is made for your child for exam access arrangements.

 

 If you think your child has special educational needs then contact your child’s Form Tutor. Director of Learning & Standards or the SENCo to discuss any concerns you have.

 

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

The SENCo will be responsible for the provision that your child receives at Millom School. Depending upon your child’s needs, that support may be in the form of in-class support, one to one provision, small group work, reading and writing support, access to a mentor, or other additional support. Regularity of support will also depend upon the needs of your child. Teachers are fully aware of the needs of students and differentiate work accordingly. Teaching Assistants support the students on an individual basis in class and provide key workers as a point of contact for students. There is a link SEND Governor who regularly supports students in school and keeps up to date with the provision of the SEND department.

 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

We aim to ensure that your child can access a broad and balanced curriculum, and we believe strongly in an inclusive education for all. Your child may be taught in mixed ability classes as well as in sets. Each student’s education is carefully managed by skilled staff, who will provide high quality, differentiated learning. This means staff will adjust the level of the work to suit individual needs. If this intervention is insufficient to meet your child’s needs, additional support may be required by the teacher or teaching assistant in class. CPD ensures that teachers are up to date with strategies to help support your child’s needs.

Sometimes the curriculum does need to be adapted to support the needs of students. This may be in the form of specific qualifications, for example, the Asdan CoPE award for students in Key Stage Four, a personalised curriculum with a reduced number of subjects, as well lunchtime clubs and homework support.

 

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Millom School believes that communication and involvement of you as parent/carer is vital to the progress your child makes. The school will regularly inform you of your child’s progress as part of the established assessment structure. In addition to this, form tutors and Directors of Learning and Standards regularly make contact with parent/carers regarding the progress of students. The SENCo will discuss the progress of your child at regular review meetings and she can be contacted at any time via telephone or email.

At all levels the school will track the progress your child is making academically, socially and behaviourally. Depending upon the needs of your child the SENCo will track the progress your child is making through a personalised School data collections, Pupil Profiles, Early Help Assessment (EHA) or Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). This is a graduated response in line with the School’s SEND Policy.

The SEND Code of Practice (2014) outlines the process of Assess, Plan, Do, Review. The school will involve you and your child in this planning process.

 

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Millom School has an effective pastoral system which supports the needs of all students. Your child will have a form tutor which he/she will see on a daily basis. Each Key Stage has a Director of Learning and Standards who will monitor the wellbeing of your child. In addition there are two mentors and a team of teaching assistants who support students' wellbeing. An Assistant Head monitors the wellbeing of all students and is the designated Child Protection Officer. The school also works closely with a school nurse who is on site 6 hours per week.

If your child requires medicines on site then provision can be made to store these and ensure your child has access at the required time. You can discuss the requirements of your child at any time with a member of the support team.

We have an effective behaviour management system which ensures that behaviour in school is excellent. Behaviour is managed consistently across the school to ensure that your child is clear about expectations both in and out of lessons. A stepped approach will ensure that your child has opportunity to understand how his/her behaviour is not acceptable and change that behaviour accordingly. Support is given to families where attendance is an issue and every effort will be made to ensure that your child is able to attend school regularly.

All students are encouraged to share their views at Millom School. Your child will be asked regularly about his/her views both in form time, through lessons and when working with TA’s and/or the SENCo. The views of the child are taken seriously and are paramount in the EHCP process.

 

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Millom School staff have a variety of experience.  This includes staff with experience in numeracy, behaviour and emotional wellbeing, structured programmes to support literacy, speech, language and communication needs, SEAL, Autism, specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, selective mutism, global learning difficulties, visual impairment, hearing impirment and Cerebral Palsy.

In addition we have links with Educational Psychologist, Specialist Advisory Teacher (Autism), Specialist Advisory Teacher (Language and Communication), Occupational Therapy, School Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Specialist Advisory Teacher for Visual Impairment, Specialist Advisory Teacher for Deaf and Hearing Impairment, Children’s Services (previously Social Services), Millom Children’s Centre and INSPIRA.

 

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

All staff are continually developing their practice through specific training courses where need requires it, through working with other professionals and each other, and through whole staff inset training. Staff training on SEND strategies has taken place for all staff in 2017 and 2018, with specific autism training planned for our January 2019 Inset.  Further training is planned for this academic year. There will be a focus on differentiation to support the needs of our SEND students and Attachment training.

 

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

The education of your child, beyond the classroom environment, is important to us. After school clubs are provided through the Chill Zone and these are open to all students, including students with SEND. Additionally, we run a range of activities to support SEND students. Students are encouraged to take part in extra activities at lunchtime and after school.

Day and residential trips are open to all students. All Year 7 students are encouraged to go on a 5 day residential in Wales. Through CoPE, students experience a day of outdoor pursuits as part of their course. SEND students are also encouraged to take part in school events such as the ski trip to Austria. Detailed risk assessments are completed for all activities.

Students in Year 10 also complete a week of work experience. We will liaise with you to ensure that your child has the opportunity to complete this and that their needs are met.

 

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

The school environment helps to support students with specific needs. Classrooms are stimulating and supportive of the learning process. Breakout rooms exist for students with emotional and social needs. There is a designated SEND department and Learning Mentor base which is based in Ulpha Building and is called The Student Support Hub. Clear signage supports students when they first arrive and a large proportion of the school is accessible by wheel chair. Where this is not possible adjustments ensure full access to the curriculum. There is a disabled toilet in one building and a shower room within the Student Support Hub. Drop off points provide close access to entrances for more vulnerable students.

 

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We have an established transition programme to support your child from primary to secondary school. This begins with a visit from the Director of Learning & Standards for Key Stage 3 to each feeder primary school and includes an invitation to attend a personal meeting between a senior member of staff, yourself and your child. Your child will be invited to a taster day in Year 5 and 6 and have the opportunity to meet their form tutor. The SENCo also makes personal visits to those pupils with SEND in their primary schools. Furthermore, TAs and Learning Mentors make visits to primary schools to aid the transition process.

Millom School works to ensure early identification of students with particular special needs and/or gifts and talents. A close working relationship between our school (Director of Special Needs /SENCo) and local primary schools is established. We offer an enhanced programme for children with significant needs. Students with SEND may need more time, whereby staff members from Millom School visit the Primary School and the child also visits Millom on a more regular basis before the transfer.

 

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

The support your child receives will be based upon the identified need that your child has. This may be identified in an EHA or EHCP. The SEND budget is allocated every financial year. We then provide additional resources and support to children based on our assessments of children’s individual needs. In the main, our school SEND budget is used to pay for our teaching assistants who provide much of the extra support and help that makes such a difference to students’ learning and personal growth.

 

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Classroom teachers make decisions and allocate resources to support all students within lessons. If your child has a specific need that cannot be addressed solely by the classroom teacher then decisions about support are made in conjunction with you, the parent/carer, your child, the SENCo and other specialists where necessary. The level of support your child requires will depend upon the specific need your child has.

 

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Your involvement in the education of your child is valuable in terms of the decisions that are made, reviews of progress and support at home. All of our parent/carers are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education and in the life of the school. This may be through discussions with members of staff at Parent/Carer Evenings and/or contributing to Pupil Profiles/EHAs/Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).

The school aims to encourage you to fully engage with your child’s learning and any interventions offered by asking you to help your child to be organised for their day (including bringing the right equipment and books), ensuring full attendance and good punctuality, encouraging completion of homework, regularly checking and signing your child’s student planner, attending parent/carer meetings and attending any meetings specifically arranged for your child.

Where your child has a specific need you will be consulted throughout your child’s time in school and we encourage you to keep in touch with the school on a regular basis.

 

Last updated: 10/05/2019
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