Part of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust group of Academies



SEN Information Report

What types of Special Educational Needs can you provide provision for?

We have provision for a wide range of educational and health needs, covering the four areas of SEN:

♦ Communication and interaction

♦ Cognition and learning

♦ Social, emotional and mental health

♦ Sensory and physical needs

What steps will the school take to identify any special needs my child may have?

The Weston Favell Academy monitors and assesses its pupils on a regular basis. We use the following methods of assessing any potential special educational needs:

♦ Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) on entry to the Academy

♦ Staff Concerns / Referrals

♦ Regular baseline tests for pupils in Key Stage 3 (reading tests)

♦ Dyslexia Screening where necessary

♦ Specialist Teacher Assessments where necessary

♦ Educational Psychologist Assessments

♦ Special Needs Assessment Profile – SPLD and Behaviour

♦ Detailed Reading Comprehension Assessment (NGRT)

♦ Information from Accelerated Reading Programme

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

If you feel you your child has a need that isn’t currently being addressed by the Academy, please contact our SENCO, Richard Collier on 01604 402121  or  email to discuss the next steps.

How will the Academy respond to my concern?

In the first instance we will invite you in to discuss your concerns fully. This meeting will usually take place within one school week of you raising your initial concern with Mr Collier.

How will the Academy decide if my child needs extra support?

This will depend on the nature of the concerns raised. We will discuss this process with you during our initial meeting.

What will the Academy do to support my child?

We support all of the pupils on the SEN register using provisions from our Provision Map. We will monitor and update the plan for your child using the assess > plan > do > review cycle.

Who will support my child and what training and experience do they have?

The Weston Favell Academy has a SEN team consisting of Teaching Staff, Learning Mentors and Learning Support  Assistants.

The day-to-day management of the team is handled by our SENCO Richard Collier and he is guided in this role by Miss Ruth Thompson, Assistant Principal.  Our SEN team have expertise and training in the following areas:

♦ Autism

♦ Speech, Language and Communication Needs

♦ Emotional and Behavioural Needs supported through Pastoral Care and our Engage Department

We also work closely with the following agencies:

♦ Northamptonshire County Council: Educational Psychology Service

♦ NHS: School Nurse Team


♦ Target Autism

♦ Therapeutic swim teacher

What support is there for my child’s emotional and social well-being?

The Weston Favell Academy has a very strong pastoral support system in place. Each pupil has access to the following:

  • Form Tutor
  • Pastoral Leaders
  • Director of Key Stage
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Academy Nurse
  • Duty Staff

Our Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Bullying Policies are available from our website or Main Reception.

How will my child be involved in the process and able to contribute their views?

Pupils will be involved in this process at all stages. We will produce a one page profile with the pupil that will explain their needs and the best ways to support them in line with the SEN Code of Practice 2014.

What opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child’s attainment and achievement? How will I know how well my child is progressing?

The Weston Favell Academy holds a formal parents' evening for each year group at least once a year and all parents are invited to attend. In addition to this we welcome parents to make contact with us to arrange an appointment if you have any concerns.

How does the Academy know how well my child is doing?

During Key Stage 3, all pupils have their reading ages assessed to identify anyone that may need intervention. In addition to this, teaching staff mark and assess pupils' work on a regular basis and supply this information into our tracking system.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

The visit organiser meets with the SENCO in the early planning stages of any trip to discuss possible difficulties for pupils. We ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made, including additional staffing or alternative travel arrangements, to allow all pupils to participate as fully as possible in the activities; any potential barriers are discussed with parents.

How accessible is the Academy environment? How accessible is the curriculum?

Weston Favell Academy buildings were formally opened in 2009 and are fully accessible. Our facilities include ramp or lift access to all rooms and outside areas, complying with all DDA Standards

We use a number of aids to allow pupils to access our curriculum. This is looked at on an individual basis but can include:

  • Tinted Overlays
  • Reading Pens
  • Laptops
  • Alphasmart
  • Tinted Exercise Books
  • Tinted Worksheets

How will the Academy prepare and support my child to join the Academy?

In the first instance, the Weston Favell Academy will work with the pupil, their family and the Local Authority to establish if we can meet their needs.

If we are able to meet their individual needs at the Academy, we work with the pupil, their family and current school to make the transition process as smooth as possible. This may include:

  • Pre-transition visits
  • Induction Day
  • Summer Academy
  • Meetings with current school and specific support staff
  • Handovers with Specialist interventions

How can I be involved in supporting my child?

We encourage parents to support their children at home, with their school work and in some cases we can provide intervention work to be completed at home with parental support.

How will you support my child in preparing to move on when they leave?

All pupils at the Weston Favell Academy will have access to specialist careers advice from Connexions and an in- house careers adviser in Year 9 and Year 11.

Where can I access support for myself and my family?

For further information contact our SENCO, Mr Richard Collier on 01604 402121 or by email on

Please click on the link below for more information about the Northamptonshire County Council SEN Local Offer: