SEND Base

The SEND Base has facilities for group and individual work with students.  Identified students can use the facilities at lunch-time and break.   We have a network of computers in the department with full IT facilities.  

The enhancement of literacy skills is of major importance.  The SEND Team works in liaison with the English Department to improve reading and writing.  For those students who need extra support with reading or spelling there are specialised groups run in Years 7, 8 and 9.  In Years 10 and 11, students can opt for a special study support option.    There is access to integrated learning systems on the computer network for all years.  A paired reading scheme is planned to support slower readers; an older student is paired with a younger student to read during one or two registration periods.  We hope this benefits  both partners.

In addition, the school has a strong team of support teachers and assistants; under the direction of the SEND Base manager    Much care is given to identifying and diagnosing the needs of children with special difficulties in order to support them appropriately.  All teachers are involved in the identification of special needs.  Students may be supported in class or withdrawn for additional specialised support.  For some, both methods are used.  The department is also centrally involved in giving support to students with behavioural or emotional problems.  The school makes full use of the Local Authority Support Services and liaises closely with Primary Schools before transfer.

The SEND Base at Raynes Park High School is Merton LEA’s specialist, secondary provision for students with learning needs some of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum. Its purpose is to support students to participate in the broad range of curricular activities of the main school with the appropriate level of support, whilst providing a place and staff expertise for some very specific and individual needs.  It also provides a centre of expertise within the school enabling all staff to develop their ability to cater for the needs of these students.

Students with ASD have access to the full range of lessons, activities and amenities including ‘state of the art’ technology facilities enabled through the school’s technology status.

The SEND base has purpose-built premises including large classrooms, a dedicated speech and language therapy room, ELSA  (Emotional and Literacy Support Assistance )  and other specialist facilities.  Students have successfully sat and passed a full and varied range of exams including GCSEs and have had a smooth transition to the next step in their education.

Where appropriate, students from the SEND Base integrate in main school lessons where they learn alongside peers with the support of Key Support Workers.

All admissions to the SEND Base are handled by the Local Authority and the school working in partnership with the parents.  From Year 5, parents are encouraged and advised to visit the SEND Base as part of the process of stating a school preference.  Parental support and confidence is a key feature to a successful placement and the on-going development of the centre.

We welcome visits throughout the year; please call or email for an appointment.

Ms Stevens, Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Telephone: 0208 946 4112 ext.1126       

Email: kstevens@raynespark.merton.sch.uk

 

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