Starting Smith’s Wood: Smith’s Wood link up with the feeder primary schools in order to gain an understanding of the cohort of students we will be receiving in Year 7. It is the primary schools responsibility to ensure that your child’s SEND file is sent to the school to ensure that Smith’s Wood have a comprehensive understanding of your child’s needs. The SEND team will visit primary SENDos to discuss high profile students so that we have an awareness before they start and can therefore plan to meet their needs.
All children will participate in the Academy’s transition days in July. In addition your child may be invited to attend additional days throughout the year alongside their primary peers to have a taster of secondary school life.
If your child is on the SEND register and identified as very vulnerable then they may also be invited to an additional transition morning where we invite parents to come in with their children for a breakfast morning, meet the SEND team and the House teams, talk to us, meet other parents, see the school, meet other SEN children in the school and get further information about what we do. We also encourage the students with some ‘getting to know you activities’ as well as meeting the Head of Academy.
Some students will also participate in a transition programme over 2 days with Mr Cushen, our Outdoor Adventurous Activity Leader. The focus will be on students who may be coming to Smith’s Wood and require support to develop their social skills or who will be attending as sole students from their primary school. Students will also meet current vulnerable students from Smith’s Wood and have the opportunity to go rock climbing and do team building activities in the Lickey Hills.
As soon as your child’s SEND file is received, we will begin to create their IPP. Where the file is delayed, we will await the file and use the first half term to develop our understanding of them. The Teaching and Learning Assistants will work with you to create an accurate profile.
Key Stage 4 and Post 16: All students will have access to support from our internal Careers Advisor, Ms O’Donnell. She will work with them to understand their aspirations and what is available Post 16. This process starts in Year 9 in order to help determine which options may be appropriate. Vulnerable students are prioritised. Where possible Ms O’Donnell will provide extra- curricular opportunities for students in areas of interest.
For those with a statement of SEND or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), Ms O’Donnell will meet with your child and feed into the Annual Review where actions are determined. The school will help support any child with SEND in visiting colleges/employers etc prior to making an application.