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  • Wesc Foundation School
    Countess Wear
    EX2 6HA
  • Head: Ms Tracy De Bernhardt Dunkin
  • T 01392 454200
  • F 01392 428 048
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  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 19. Type of SEN provision: VI - Visual Impairment.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 11
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 6th July 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 16th July 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

The Good Schools Guide writes: West of England School is a non-maintained special school catering for pupils who are visually impaired and may have additional disabilities. The school offers a free, three-day multi-professional assessment service for parents and LEAs. The assessment team comprises - consultant paediatrician, consultant ophthalmologist, orthoptist, therapists, mobility officers and specialist teaching staff. Requests for assessments are only accepted from parents. There is a flat on site for parents who require accommodation during the assessment period, or for those visiting the school. The decision to place a child at the school rests with the Local Education Authority in consultation with parents and on the basis of a multi-professional assessment written as a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Pupils follow the national curriculum which is delivered in braille and large print by specialist teachers with support assistants. All children have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and where necessary receive individual training in braille, mobility, and independent living skills. A range of technologies: braille notetakers, screen magnification and readers, voice activated software etc are used. Services available include learning support, low-vision clinics and braille. In 2003 the school was named as an outstanding school and college by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in his Annual Report.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
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 Y

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