Our School Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Budehaven Community School is a member of the Bude Communities’ Schools’ Trust (BCST). Formed as a cooperative trust in November 2012, the nine schools work collaboratively in many different ways. The BCST Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team are, in both vision and practice, committed to inclusion of all children.
The schools who are members of the BCST work with children who have a range of special education need and disability including:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, complex medical need, complex physical need, speech, language and communication needs, emotional and social needs and mental health difficulties.
Within the resources of the schools we have expertise in meeting the needs of these children and we share this expertise through close and regular communication. The BCST headteachers and the SENDCOs meet regularly to share ideas, resources, knowledge and skills.
Staff within the BCST schools have had training in a wide range of different areas of SEND support including: ASD (we have an ASD champion), Team teach, TEACCH, Speech, Language and Communication development, Language for Learning, Dyslexia Friendly Schools techniques and principles, including diagnostic screening, pastoral support, bereavement, mobility support, sensory development and medical interventions for asthma, epilepsy and other specific needs. These skills are shared between schools when the need arises.
There is a specialist SEND Provision (Area Resource Base, ARB) based within the BCST area at Bude Junior School and Budehaven; the ARBs meet he needs of primary and secondary aged children with a range of severe learning and/or physical SEND. The lead teachers at the ARBs attend local SENDCO meetings and can, if the need arises provide outreach support within the trust.
The BCST schools have a commitment to Quality First Teaching with class teachers being responsible for preparation, planning and differentiation for all children including those with SEND. The SENDCO’s role in each school is to offer advice and administrative support to class teachers, parents and other stakeholders.
Budehaven Community School
We are an inclusive school and we aim to meet the needs of students both through in class support and targeted intervention programmes.
At the heart of the school’s development is a focus on learning. We have identified four key drivers to lead us forward, and we are committed to working within a culture in which high quality teaching promotes high quality learning and where the excitement of learning permeates the entire school. Our four drivers are:
- Intrinsic motivation – an ambition to motivate and instil a desire to learn in all members of the school community. Teachers enjoy becoming better teachers as a result of explicitly valuing and celebrating teacher expertise.
- Continuous improvement of teacher pedagogy and student learning
- Collaboration and Teamwork – sharing good practice, taking pedagogical risks with each other, supporting each other to become better teachers, better team players and better learners
- Consistency – everyone taking responsibility for themselves and others in the school community; making sure that we all behave and act in a consistent manner that demonstrates respect and understanding of other members of our community.
Our Area Resource Base is called The ARBour. This is a county provision that we manage on site for twelve children with severe learning and/or physical needs. It is housed in specialist classrooms as part of the main school building.
The ARBour prospectus can be found here.
Contact the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team:
Director of Inclusive Learning and SENCO
Lisa O’Leary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Teachers of The ARBour:
Mrs Penny O’Connor – email@example.com
Ms Anne Marie Worsley – firstname.lastname@example.org