At Bridgwater College Academy we are committed to offering an inclusive education to ensure the best possible progress for all pupils whatever their needs or abilities.
We actively promote a whole school approach to meeting additional educational needs in which all members of the school community have an understanding of their role.
"Pupil support is tailored as far as possible to individual need and is usually a combination of in-class support and access to appropriate intervention groups."
Karen Fraser, Academy Lead and Primary SENCo, and Ellie Webber, Secondary SENCo, lead the team to support pupils in developing all aspects of their learning, personal development and behavioural, social and emotional awareness.
We also have an excellent relationship with our primary schools and work closely with them to ensure that we are fully informed about individual student needs prior to transition. Additional visit days are put on during the summer term; these are complimented by specialist coordinators within the faculty that tailor transition packages for identified students.
All pupils in the school receive quality first teaching and school staff will support individuals at a level appropriate to their needs through effective differentiation in the classroom. Those students identified as having Special Educational Need (SEN) requiring a specific intervention will be monitored regularly from a number of sources and this information will be shared via annual review, school reports, parent’s evenings and Individual Education Plans.
The department works alongside each subject department and the student support team and sees close links with parents as being vital to success. Pupil support is tailored as far as possible to individual need and is usually a combination of in-class support and access to appropriate intervention groups.
Polden Centre ASD Base SEN Statement
Bridgwater College Academy (BCA) has a Local Authority funded Autism Resource Base for KS3/4 students, based on the primary site of the Academy.
The Polden Centre is an inclusive, specialist provision for students with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or significant language and communication need.
Each student allocated a placement at the Polden Centre has an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or Statement of SEN. Placements are agreed by the Local Authority, in consultation with BCA. The Polden Centre currently offers six placements.
Students within the Polden Centre are taught either by a specialist SEN teacher or HLTA, supported by a team of teaching assistants. Students are also supported, when appropriate, within the mainstream environment by the centre staff.