“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”
We promote our Vision through the key words:
‘Create – Equip – Partner’
Where everyone is included and celebrated.
At St. Michael’s our Inclusion Team work tirelessly to ensure that any pupil who may have additional needs or barriers to learning are identified. St. Michael’s has an inclusive culture, where all children are welcomed and valued through their learning and personal achievements. We are committed to ensuring that all children engage positively with the curriculum and consult with specialists’ support where needed. We promote positive experiences of learning and ensure that all children are given the opportunities to work towards achieving their full potential and positive outcomes. At St. Michael’s we have a clear vision which is committed to ensuring that all pupils participate fully in all areas of school life and to be ready for the next phase of their educational career.
The Inclusion Team strive to work in partnership with parents to achieve better outcomes for SEND children. Parents and children are fully involved throughout the process, from sharing initial concerns, setting and reviewing targets and sharing important information regarding how best to support children. Our Inclusion Team is here to help parents and staff support pupils with specific educational needs. If parents have questions relating to this they are encouraged to contact the Inclusion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Inclusion Manager (SENCo) is Mrs Angela Harris (Assistant Head) and she can be contacted via the Inclusion email above. Please see a short introduction video message below from her with details of your child’s provision if their bubble goes into lockdown:
In addition, as a school, we work tirelessly through the delivery of our Mission and Vision to create ‘a culture where pupils whatever their background, disability, ethnicity, gender, identity, learning difficulty, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation are comfortable as the person God made them to be. Pupils take a lead in challenging prejudicial behaviour and language.’
In line with the statutory requirements for schools to provide a ‘Local Offer’ for pupils with special educational needs and disability provision, we at St. Michael’s have also drafted a ‘School Offer SEN Report’ which gives an overview for pupils who have specific special educational and disability needs at our school. This statement is reviewed annually to ensure that we are compliant along with our school’s Inclusion and Equality Policies.
Please click on the links to read about external validation from outside agencies.
In October 2018, for the 2nd consecutive time, the school was recognised and highly commended for the excellent work it does to support pupils with dyslexia. The Local Authority awarded us with the accolade of being a ‘Dyslexia Friendly School’. We are delighted with this outcome and the recognition given to the school who work in partnership with parents to support pupils.
We are delighted to announce that we now have a Sensory Room at St. Michael’s. This room is a result of the generous fundraising by the PTA and working in partnership with the school to equip the room with amazing resources and create an environment reflecting our vision and mission. This room is for all children at St. Michael’s school and is designed for our SEND pupils to support positive engagement and achieve positive outcomes. Please click on the link below to find out more.
Looking ahead to 2020-2021 we are now planning the development of an external sensory garden. A presentation has been created using pupil and parent views and we will be sharing ideas and seeking funding for the development of this. The garden was scheduled for completion in the Summer holidays 2020, however, due to COVID19 we have had to delay this until the Spring 2021.
Learning Through Music & Art
We are very fortunate at St. Michael’s to have staff who run Learning Through Music and Art programmes for selected children. These programmes involve small groups of children in fun, interactive weekly sessions, which are designed to develop learning skills such as listening, turn-taking and self-esteem, as well as enhancing their musical and creative art ability. Children really enjoy these sessions and it is wonderful to see the positive outcomes as their confidence develops.