Park View School

We are a very successful 11-18 Academy with Language College status. We provide a stimulating, challenging, yet professionally rewarding environment in which to teach.

The school roll at present stands at 1,375 which include a Sixth Form of 277; 6% FSM and 8.2% SSAP / Statement).

We are committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the wellbeing of children.

Who to contact

0191 388 2248
0191 387 1720

Where to go

Church Chare
County Durham

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SEND Information Report

How do you identify Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

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?

Teaching staff will raise any concerns in relation to students who may need additional support in their lessons. Students are also screened using nationally standardised online assessments. If this raises any concerns then these additional screening takes place to see if any additional support needs to be put in place. Any concerns can be raised via Learning Co-ordinators or directly to the SENCO.

How will you support my child with their special educational needs and disability?

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

Within school Learning Support Assistants work within lessons as additional layer of support to aid the learning of students. They also provide 1:1 support to assist with homework or any additional support that a student may need for example revision or preparing for coursework. The Learning Support Assistants also deliver specific interventions depending on the needs of students within a given Year. There are opportunities to meet with Learning Co-ordinators and SENDCO through ‘Parent Surgeries’. There is also the opportunity to meet on a regular basis with one of the Higher Level Teaching Assistants to discuss any issues linked to SEN within school.

If there are any queries or questions then these can be directed to the Learning Co-Ordinator or SENDCO at any point during the year. There will also be regular opportunities to meet with staff to review plans throughout the year.

How will you make sure my child's education meet their needs?

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

All teaching staff are made aware of a students need and are expected to use ‘quality first teaching’ to remove any potential barriers to a students learning. The use of Park View Learning also means that a wide variety of teaching styles are adopted making it easier for staff to adapt their lessons to the needs of students. When it comes to options appropriate advice and guidance is given taking in the specific needs of students with additional needs. The curriculum can also be tailored where possible to a student’s needs.

How will we know my child is progressing?

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?

In addition to the regular reports that are sent home the school has an open door policy and any query can be raised at any point throughout the school year with the appropriate member of staff. There are designated parental surgeries and there will be the additional opportunities to meet with a member of the SEN Department to discuss any issues that may be of concern. The students receive aspirational targets to ensure that everyone is working towards securing the best possible opportunities for their future pathways.

The school welcomes any feedback in order to be more reflective in the delivery of SEN within the wider school context. This can be communicated to school via the SEN link on the school website or via the feedback forms after every school report. 

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

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

The Pastoral System within school ensures that there are staff that can support all aspects of a student’s time at Park View. The system is duplicated on both sites so that the students can make a smooth transition between the two sites.

Each year group has a specific Learning Co-ordinator who works closely with staff, parents and students to ensure that students are supported throughout their time at Park View. Each Learning Co-Ordinator will move with their year group so that they develop a good working relationship with the students.

The only exception is Year 7 where the Learning Co-ordinator is static so that she can work closely with contributor primary schools to ensure that there is a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. There are also 2 Family Liason Officers whose role is to work with families on a variety of issues.
‘Medical Plans’ are overseen by the main office and the school nurse. The school has adopted a restorative approach to behaviour so that students and staff can resolve any issues. The school also has a Student Support Department where students can work within either 1:1 or small groups to avoid exclusions. Within this department the staff will work on the area that has caused the student to be placed in the centre. All students at Park View take an active role in all aspects of school life.

What specialist services and expertise is available at or accessed by the staff?

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

The school has regular access to a School Counsellor and referrals are be made via Learning Co-ordinators or relevant Head of School. The school will also draw upon external providers when needed and seek advice to help remove barriers to a students learning in school for example working with CAMHS.

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Teaching staff have had training in ADHD and ASD to ensure that students can be effectively supported within their lessons. Any training that is being delivered by an external agency is always made available to all teaching staff and any materials provided are then shared with the entire staff. The material is also linked to a student’s electronic profile so that it can be accessed and returned to when needed by teaching staff. The Learning Support Assistants also have access to any external training and this is driven by their own particular needs and development. Over the course of the year staff regular access professional development to ensure that they can be effective classroom teachers.

What activities outside the classroom will there be?

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

There are no barriers to and all students are able to attend all external activities including school trips and the necessary arrangements are made to ensure that all students are accommodated. Parents are always consulted about trips and their advice is invaluable when making sure that the correct provision is put in place for students. There are also homework clubs and ‘drop-ins’ to support students.

Within school there is a designated member of the Leadership Team who is appointed to overee the inclusion and progress of students who are Looked After or Pupil Premium. If there are any queries relating then the contact information can be located on the school website. 

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Given the age and nature of the school there are elements of Church Chare site that are not accessible to wheelchairs. However, every effort is made to resolve these issues for students. There are disabled toilets and changing rooms on both sites. One of the SEN Department works closely with students who have English as an additional language.

My child is going to be starting or leaving soon, how will you help them?

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?

Parents are always warmly welcomed within school for additional visits or tours of the school. Throughout the year there are additional visits organised for students joining the school in Year 7 and this allows the students to visit the school and become more comfortable with the transition process. They will then also visit the school with all of the Year 7 students to take part in the transition process. Prior to this in Year 5 the school offers additional sessions where students come into school for certain activities.

As we are a split site school in Year 8 certain students also take part in additional visits to the Church Chare site to get a ‘feel’ for the transition. They will again go with their entire Year Group when they visit the Church Chare site. When it comes to the transition into Sixth Form or College the schools Careers and Guidance Officer will work with students to ensure that they are aware of all the opportunities open to them at the end of Year 11. The school also works closely with the ‘One Point’ Advisor to ensure that students receive the correct guidance for their choices. There are also specialist parents evenings at key points of the school year to help all stakeholders make an informed decision about the correct options to take.

What is available to help my child with their education?

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

Allocation of the school SEN budget is determined by the specific needs of the individual student.

What support can I expect for my child?

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

The decision around support is very much a joint process with both student/parents and school. When looking at the impact of the intervention or support the school will look at the starting point for a student and where they have moved to in relation to the intervention/support that has been put in place.

There is also regular contact between home and school and information shared by parents is also communicated to staff. Where appropriate outside agencies will also be consulted to ensure that the intervention/support is appropriate to the needs of the student.

How will I be involved in my child's education?

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

Contact with home is vital and essential to the development of a students education. The process of decisions is a process that involves students, parents and school. The decisions made relating to a student involves a conversation with parents and student. These conversations also draw upon feedback from teaching staff and also any outside agency that is involved with the student.

There are many avenues open for parents to contact school and all contact from home is gratefully appreciated as it can often shed light on an issue or create a more clearer picture of the needs of a student.


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Address: Church Chare  Chester-le-Street  County Durham

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