Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information

Zouch Academy prides itself on its ability to offer and successfully deliver a full curriculum that is inclusive to all children, irrespective of need.


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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Zouch Academy is a mainstream school. All children are valued, respected and welcomed to our school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

The school is proud of its ability to support children with a variety of special needs and leaders are confident that there is a fully inclusive culture at Zouch with the same aspirations for ALL pupils to achieve well. This was evidenced in our recent external validation when we became a Dyslexia Friendly School. The report states that…

"This is a school where there is no glass ceiling on learning. The children are at the core of all decisions made at the school. The headteacher's drive and determination that all pupils will succeed, is shared by everyone at the school. All staff have the same high expectations for every pupil. They see that every pupil is entitled to the best educational experience in a nurturing, safe and trusting environment. The Headteacher leads a team of highly skilled professionals who collaboratively work towards achieving the schools' goals and priorities. The pupils and their families expressed how they feel valued and supported. The provision for those pupils with dyslexia/dyslexic tendencies was evident in every classroom where tasks/interventions were observed. The scaffolds/adaptations were numerous and clearly are used consistently as the pupils talked about them freely during our discussions".

Children with additional needs are identified through a combination of observations of the children as individuals within their classes by our experienced staff, tracking the outcomes of assessments and through discussions with parents. As a result, the school is suitably equipped to deal with a wide range of individual needs. The school and the governing body regularly review its provision for children with special needs and ensure that its staff are well prepared and trained. If you would like to discuss any issue regarding your child or special educational needs, please speak to our SEN Co-ordinator (Miss S Pearce) or Inclusion Manager (Mrs Udale), who will be happy to provide both information and support.

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