Newmarket Academy strives to ensure that all students leave as confident, resilient individuals, positive about their future and equipped to deal with challenges – having a learning difficulty or disability is not seen as a barrier to making progress. There is a shared belief that all students can achieve.

Q – How will my child be included in all school activities?

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  • All students have full access to the curriculum – including access to Enrichment activities and all school trips.
  • Teaching Assistants support full inclusion.
  • Environmental alterations have been made to make the site accessible for students with physical disabilities.
  • Specialist equipment is available for students with hearing, visual and physical disabilities.
  • Technology supports student in lessons – individual laptops for students with visual/physical disabilities plus a range of software programs are made available according to need.
  • In KS4 additional curriculum options are available for students as an alternative to a traditional curriculum offer – for example ASDAN or vocational courses at a local college.

Q – How will my child’s needs be identified?

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  • Early identification of needs are through:
    • Information from primary schools/other settings
    • Regular Progress checks in all subjects
    • Class teachers make referral to the SEND department for advice/assessments after completing Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycles if they have concerns about students’ progress
    • Range of additional assessments are carried out if progress is not made following differentiation above and beyond Quality First teaching, personalised teaching approaches and support within class
  • The school follows the SEND Code of Practice 2014: 0-25 years’ graduated approach with regard to the identification and review of pupils with special educational needs: The four key actions are:
    1. Assess
    2. Plan
    3. Do
    4. Review
  • Teaching Assistants support students identified as having SEND.
  • One-to-one and small group support targeted at developing skills – phonics, reading comprehension, writing organisation, touch-typing, Maths.
  • There is a School’s Medical Conditions Policy – Care Plans are in place for all students needing them.

Q – How will my child’s needs be assessed?

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  • Standardised assessments of reading and spelling are carried out when students enter in Y7. These assessments are repeated in Y8 to assess progress. Any student whose scores are weak may receive additional, targeted support for spelling and reading.
  • The SEND Department have a range of assessments which are used to identify specific needs in literacy and maths. These assessments provide additional information to inform teaching – within whole class and intervention groups.
  • Assessments are carried out in KS4 so that Exam Access Arrangements can be put in place for all students who meet the criteria. Students and parents will be informed.
  • Referrals for an Education, Health and Care Plan (previously Statement) will be made if a student remains significantly behind their peers and continues to make little or no progress following interventions and/or additional support. Referrals will be made following discussion and agreement with parents/guardians.
  • The Academy works with staff from County Inclusion Support Service, Advisory Teachers for sensory impairment, educational psychologists as well as physiotherapists and occupational therapists for students with physical disabilities. Requests for support from outside agencies will be made when specialist advice is needed. Priory and Outreach Services offer additional assessments of students as well as support and training to staff.

Q – Do staff have appropriate training in SEND?

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  • All Newmarket Academy staff are experienced in dealing with the needs of the individual child. All staff have regular training – on teaching and learning, high-frequency special educational needs, safeguarding and child protection. All Teaching Assistants have had training in the regulations governing Exam Access Arrangements.
  • The SENCO has achieved the National SENCO Award.  Newmarket Academy has a JCQ compliant specialist assessor including for exam access arrangements within its staff.

Staff have been trained on the full range of issues including dyslexia, hearing and sight impairment, ADHD, and autism spectrum.

Q – How will my child be supported within the curriculum?


  • In addition to the SENDCO, the SEND Department has 5 well trained Teaching Assistants including 1 HLTA.
  • Teaching Assistants work within departments as well as running small group and one-to-one study skills, literacy and numeracy intervention.

Q- How will my child’s wellbeing be supported?


  • All pupils are placed in a tutor group. The tutor is the first point of call for any issues. Each pupil is in a house led by an Assistant Principal supported by a pastoral officer, they provide support for behaviour and social and emotional issues.  Students can seek support from their house team when necessary.
  • The school counsellor, school nurse and Mental Health First Aid trained staff are available to support students. They are based in the Alternative Provision area.
  • The school works with a wide range of agencies to provide targeted and personalised support to students.

Q- How will my child be supported in preparing for adult life?


  • Life skills are developed through the Meeting time curriculum for all students.
  • ASDAN is offered which specifically supports work-related learning and preparation for adult life.
  • Independent Advice and Guidance regarding careers education is offered to all students. A specialist careers advisor supports the most vulnerable students.

Q – How will my child be supported through transition Periods?


  • In addition to the school’s extensive Transition Arrangements, specific arrangements are put in place for vulnerable students.
  • Students who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities or those who are anxious about transition are invited to Newmarket Academy for additional visits during the summer term – they get to know the environment and key staff.
  • Some vulnerable students are assigned a Key Worker to provide support during the Transition period - and beyond if necessary
  • Preparation for transition from KS3 into KS4 for vulnerable students takes place during the summer term through small group meetings and opportunities to meet with Tutors and relevant staff.

Q- How will my child be supported for transition into Post 16?


The SENDCO co-ordinates with the SENDCO of Post 16 destinations to ensure that students feel supported for their move to their next educational placement.  Students with Education, Health and Care Plans have transition plans discussed annually as part of their Annual Review process during Year 9, 10 and 11.

Q- How can I raise concerns and be involved in supporting my child?


  • Parents/carers are invited to Parent/carer evenings, the SENDCO will attend meetings where further support is needed. This is an opportunity to discuss progress and any concerns.
  • In addition to the school’s policy of communicating and reporting to parents/carers, the SENDCO can be contacted by email..
  • Parents/carers are involved in decisions regarding pupils being placed on the SEND register. It will only be suggested that students are put onto the register if they are significantly behind their peers and there is little or no progress following additional support/interventions within the classroom.
  • Parents/carers are always involved in referrals for Education, Health and Care Plans and for specialist advice/support from Educational Psychologists and outside agencies. All decisions about students needing additional support will only be made after consultation and agreement with parents/carers. Parents/carers may also request referrals to be made.