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  • Stowmarket Middle School
    Walnut Tree Walk
    IP14 1JP
  • Head: Mrs S Holmes
  • T 01449 742 510
  • F 01449 774 637
  • E office@stowmar…
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 9 to 13
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 560
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 18th January 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 10th March 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

'Pupils with special educational needs receive good support from their teachers and teaching assistants, enabling them to make good progress and achieve well.' Ofsted inspection April 2004 At Stowmarket Middle School we aim to be fully inclusive. We place a high priority on the welfare and progress of pupils that have special needs and we help our pupils to become confident and independent. We are committed to making their time at Stowmarket Middle School happy and successful. We have high expectations and we are proud of the support that we provide for pupils with special educational needs. We have a very strong, dedicated and experienced Special Needs Team. Our special needs staff are well trained and have specialist skills in a wide range of special needs. We have experience of working with pupils with general learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties (dyslexia), dyspraxia, speech, language and communication needs, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), visual and hearing impairment also various medical needs. We support the ethos of ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ believing that good practice benefits all pupils. We believe in a whole school approach which involves a partnership between pupils, parents and teaching staff and we aim to be flexible, understanding and always ready to listen. Our pupils with special needs make very good academic progress, our results are good and we have been awarded the Basic Skills Agency ‘Q’ quality mark on 3 consecutive occasions (the only school in Suffolk to achieve this). Provision for special needs takes many forms including: careful differentiation of the curriculum, ‘in class’ Teaching Assistant (TA) support, one to one and small group withdrawal and one to one mentoring. The Special Needs Team also provides pastoral support throughout the school day, for pupils with special needs. At lunch time the Team runs the ‘Friendship Club’. This is a social club held every day for certain pupils, including those who may be anxious about lunch break and pupils who are vulnerable. It provides a safe haven where they can make new friends in a secure and supported environment. A few pupils may have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or they may have difficulties which require them to be placed on the Special Needs Register. We plan appropriate support and track their progress through Individual Education Plan (IEP) targets. If you would like further information please contact the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) or contact the school for a copy of the school’s Special Needs Policy.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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