North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Working together with Parents/Carers

North Shore Academy acknowledges that parental engagement has a large and positive impact on children's learning. To this end, we strive to build a positive working partnership with parents and carers to develop a student-centred approach to meeting individual needs.

Parents with children already identified as having particular learning needs or disabilities will be invited to discuss those needs with the school prior to admission - at the academy's Open Evening, through your child's primary school SEND team or through transfer / admissions meetings.

If a child is identified as having special needs and /or disabilities, parents will be consulted, and where appropriate, receive a copy of their child's Pupil Passport at least once per academic year along with a parental questionnaire to collect views.

We aim to work collaboratively with parents to enable them to play a more active and informed role in their child's education. We operate an open-door policy whereby parents can contact school at any time to speak to someone regarding concerns or SEND update or to arrange a meeting.

In an attempt to ensure that students who require additional support through:

- access to the toilets during lessons;

- and/or to have the use of the lift facilities in transitions between lessons;

the SEN department require a medical note from your doctor or evidence of an on-going medical condition for their first day back in September. We will then ensure that your child is provided with the necessary pass to gain the support that they need.

Please note that previous passes will not be allocated and allowed unless new documentation is provided.

Our governing body involves other bodies, including health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations in meeting the needs of SEN students due to their broad skill set and knowledge of the community. Our governing body comes from a wide range of fields such as local colleges, businesses, primary schools and the local authority.

At North Shore Academy we believe that such a partnership is key in enabling children with SEND to achieve their full potential.

If you have any questions regarding this matter or any additional questions you may have regarding the support you feel your child may need, please feel free to contact the SENCO via email or telephone.

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