What pastoral, medical and social support is available for students with SEND?
We offer a range of diverse support networks. Pastoral Leaders are attached to each year group. We have trained First Aid personnel and access to the School Nurse. A club runs during lunchtime which SEND and vulnerable students can attend. The school also has a Wellbeing Suite which is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of students.
How do you manage the administration of medicines and providing personal care?
The school maintains Health Care Plans which are regularly up-dated. However, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that inhalers and any required medication is brought in to school. We also require that the relevant information on dosage, application or administration be clearly identified. The medication must be in-date.
What support is there for behaviour, avoiding exclusions and increasing attendance?
The school operates a Positive Behaviour Policy to which all staff adhere. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to succeed. At Batley Girls’ High School we have an inclusive approach, on the rare occasions we have to remove students from lessons or social settings they are placed in purpose built rooms where they can access work remotely to avoid students being excluded from their education. We also use Restorative Justice to avoid on-going disputes.
Attendance is monitored closely and absences are reported to parents immediately. The school rewards good attendance and believes in making students aware of the direct links between attendance and success. The school works closely with the Kirklees Education Safeguarding Team, where there are incidences of persistent poor attendance.
How will my child be supported to enable them to contribute their views?
The voice of our students is important to us and so we have a Student Council. This is made up of a group of students from each year, who have been democratically elected to represent their peers. Student voice activities are embedded and form an intrinsic part of the school’s consultation processes. SEND students are included in the Review of EHCs and My Support Plans where they present their views on their education and provision offered by the school.