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  • Kennet School
    Stoney Lane
    Thatcham
    Berkshire
    RG19 4LL
  • Head: Mr Paul G Dick OBE JP DL
  • T 01635 862121
  • F 01635 871814
  • E Office.kennet@westberks.org
  • W www.kennetschool.co.uk
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: West Berkshire
  • Pupils: 1779
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th May 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 6th February 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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Special Education Needs

It is widely acknowledged that 20% of pupils need extra help at some stage in their school careers. At Kennet, we have long been clear that attention to the needs of the individual is vital. New pupils arriving in school are carefully screened to ensure that their needs are identified and met. For the majority of children, this means careful negotiation with primary schools and discussions before the child ever arrives at Kennet. We have a well-trained and enthusiastic Special Needs Department, which ensures that the provision for children in difficulty is appropriate. This may manifest itself in work in mainstream classrooms or in small groups withdrawn, though the latter is very rare. We are careful to invest significantly in staffing in the early years of secondary education, to ensure that pupils have appropriate assistance as far as possible in classrooms, alongside their peers. We have the benefit of joint working with others from West Berkshire Education Authority, including an Educational Psychologist. The particular needs of pupils are communicated to staff, pupils and parents, by the use of Individual Education Plans. These plans and Statements are reviewed regularly and the reviews involve all key parties. At parents’ evenings, and at other times of the year, a member of the Special Needs Department is always available should parents require further advice. Able, gifted and talented pupils are also often considered to have “special needs”. We have invested a great deal of time and effort in identifying our more able pupils in recent years and in providing opportunities and support for their needs. We are delighted that some 140 pupils have already been affiliated by the Government to the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. We will continue to offer masterclasses and other opportunities, including summer and Easter schools, for pupils across the whole spectrum of ability.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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