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Whitemoor Academy

A 'Take Care' school that encourages pupils to 'Dare to be Different'

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Frequently asked questions

When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posed by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.


How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?

A new SEND code of practice has been published and this sets out how decisions are made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it when providing for SEND children/young adults.


We are guided by the statutory Code of Practice Document 


The children and Families Act 2014 came into effect in September 2014. A new SEN Code of Practice also accompanied this. More details about the current legislation can be found at:


How accessible is your school?

Our school has ramped access to buildings. All parts of the building are accessible.


We have a disabled toilets and a selection of specialist writing and reading equipment for children to use, including a Dyslexia friendly font and symbolled word processing in Nursery and Key Stage 1.

Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.


What specialist services are available at your school to meet my child’s needs?

We work with a great range of services and professionals to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. Our partners are CAMHS, Speech and Language Services, Educational Psychologist, Medical Practitioners, Nottingham City Autism Team, Nottingham City Behaviour Services, and the Nottingham City Learning and Cognition Support Service. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.


What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?

Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training related to specific needs of individual children.


How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?

We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included.


How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?

Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for their new school. Their teacher and SENCo will discuss with secondary colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. Specialist support is offered through the Nottingham City Autism team for pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism.


How are parents involved with your school?

We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. Parents are incited to attend certain assemblies, Father’s Day breakfast, School Garden Party, Sports Days and other school events.


Parents are welcome to come into school, or phone, or email to make an appointment to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. Please be aware that our teaching staff are often in planning meetings on school morning from 8.30 to 9.00, so it is advisable to book an appointment for the end of the day.


We invite parents to school performances, sports events and in Early Years, transition meetings and welcome meetings. Our parents/grandparents also help with listening to readers in school. If you would like to help our school, please get in touch with us, there is always a job to do!


Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs Laura Di Martino, Head teacher, if you have any further questions you would like to ask.