Swanwick School and Sports College

SEN Information Report.

The Special Education Needs Code of Practice gives guidance to education settings that helps to identify, assess and provide help for children with special educational needs. It sets out the processes and procedures organisations must or should follow to meet the needs of children.

Principles underlying the Code

The SEND Code of Practice describes the principles that should be observed by all professionals working with children and young people who have SEN or disabilities. These include:

  • Taking into account the view of children, young people and their families
  • Enabling children, young people and their parents to participate in decision-making
  • Collaborating with partners in education, health and social care to provide support
  • Identifying the needs of children and young people
  • Making high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people
  • Focusing on inclusive practices and removing barriers to learning
  • Helping children and young people to prepare for adulthood

What are our Special Educational Needs?

There are currently 84 pupils on role, age ranging from 5 – 16 years old. All pupils attending the school have an educational statement of special needs and these will transfer to Educational Health Care plans (EHC) during this year.

Profile Percentage
Severe Learning Difficulties 24%
Moderate Learning Difficulties 17%
Communication needs 47%
Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties 10%
Hearing /Visual Impairment 1%
Physically impaired 1%


The current trend for intake at the school has shown an increase in pupils with Communication needs since the development of the Hub.

Support in School

SSSC provides a caring and supportive environment giving students the opportunity to succeed, gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem. Our classes are small and created mostly around individual year groups. We are split into three main departments, Primary (KS1 and KS2,) Secondary (KS3 and KS4) and The Hub (ASD provision).Our caring ethos and innovative curriculum enables our students to thrive, make excellent progress and enjoy their education.

Students in the Primary department are taught in small groups with 1 full time teacher and 2 Full time Teaching Assistants. For the majority of their curriculum they are taught in the same room by the same staff ensuring consistency and the opportunity to develop essential relationships.

In KS3 students are placed in forms that are set mainly as year groups. They are streamed by ability for Maths and English, however students taught as a form for the rest of their curriculum. Morning sessions are primarily academic with afternoon sessions being specifically designed to have a on hands on vocational focus. There are 7 periods throughout the day that follow the National Curriculum objectives for each individual student’s ability.

In KS4 there are 7 periods throughout the day. Students are placed in forms that are mainly set as year groups. They are streamed by ability for Maths and English, however students taught as a form for the majority of their curriculum. Morning sessions are primarily academic with afternoon sessions being dedicated to the students chosen Options. SSSC ensure the curriculum is tailored to each individual students need ensuring every subject has a variety of appropriate qualifications for students to achieve.

The Hub operates  in co-operation with the main SSSC site, mainstream schools and alternative educational programme providers, depending on the individual needs of each pupil. It consists of 2 Teachers and 2 Teaching Assistants. Wherever it is appropriate young people attending The Hub access some or all of their education alongside the existing pupil population of SSSC in order to build and improve their social skills. Whilst the existing pupils within SSSC may have a range of other learning needs the main school classrooms offer a non threatening environment for positive social interaction, role modelling and observation.

As pupils in The Hub are of average or higher ability we are looking to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils as they progress into Key Stage 4 including GCSEs. We are also looking to establish links with mainstream schools in order to offer our young people the chance to access some of their education within a mainstream environment if we feel this supports the young person’s academic and social development.

All of our students are encouraged to Enjoy, Achieve and Exceed their individual potential-academically, socially and personally. We want them to become successful, confident and caring adults able to play an active part in society. Our strong commitment to equality of opportunity and equality of esteem is intended to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, aptitude or background.

SSSC have responded to the New National Curriculum. Each subject co-ordinator has examined their area of the National Curriculum and ensured a tailor made route has been created specifically for our students.


National Curriculum

KS1 and 2

Within the Primary classes at SSSC we cater for pupils across the Key Stages from Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2.

Our team of experienced staff work closely together to create a happy and nurturing environment where children settle quickly, are valued as individuals, but are also encouraged to develop the skills to become confident and successful members of the school community.

We work within the structure of the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum, providing experiences that reflect a whole range of learning styles and abilities.

In the core subjects of Maths and English children are grouped according to their needs and undertake national testing where appropriate. Foundation subjects are taught using a thematic approach where, for example History and Geography meet Art, Design, Technology and ICT. The approach makes learning more interesting and enjoyable through a wide range of different experiences.

Teaching and Learning is backed up with regular monitoring and assessment, to ensure children move forward and reach their full potential. As a SEN school, pupils are not normally working at the End of KS2 expectations, although some children will access statutory tests where appropriate.

We also offer a range of valuable learning experiences outside the classroom with regular trips to places of interest in the local area and further afield.


At Swanwick School and Sports College the curriculum is tailored to suit each individual young person’s needs.

We have high expectations of all our young people at SSSC. All students enjoy their school lives, achieve great things and Exceed expectations both academically and vocationally.

During KS3 we follow the National Curriculum structure using a curriculum to allow each student to thrive in a safe and secure environment, enabling the students to fulfil their full potential. This is achieved through a varied and diverse curriculum designed to develop student’s knowledge and confidence.

Core lessons are streamed academically and we also offer vocational subjects where each student feels safe and secure. Cross-curricular methods are used throughout our school especially in our Foundation subjects. Art, Media, Food Technology and Drama are delivered through a thematic approach ensuring up to date Global issues are delivered.

Students at SSSC are proud to attend our school and have a clear understanding of the opportunities available to them whether it being part of our sports teams, skiing in France or taking part in whole school productions and gymnastic/dance displays.

Our Outstanding curriculum allows opportunities for their future and helps create successful, independent, unique young people. This curriculum is regularly adapted to the needs of each child enabling them to be continually challenged.


During KS4 all students have the opportunity to select their own Vocational Options. SSSC offer over 50 separate Aim Awards that range from Entry Level 3 to Level 1. Art, Construction, Animal care, Hairdressing, Food Technology, Horticulture and Health and Beauty are a selection of the courses available at varying levels dependent on the individual student. SSSC are currently one of the lead establishments in the East Midlands for Aim Awards and have 100% success rate.

For the young people who excel academically GCSE English, Science, Maths and Art are available. There is also a large selection of Physical Education courses such as Entry Level OCR PE, Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies, The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and Sports/Dance Leaders qualification.

We also offer the Princes Trust qualification through our KS4 Life Skills curriculum; this encourages and promotes students independent living skills. Other qualifications offered include OCR Entry Level in RE, ICT, Geography, History and Science.

Our Outstanding curriculum allows opportunities for their future and helps create successful, independent and unique young people. The curriculum is tailored to each child’s expertise/interest in preparation for life when they leave our school.

Life Skills

At Swanwick School and Sports College we aim to prepare our pupils to become as independent as possible.The Life Skills curriculum centres on essential skills such as physical, thinking and organisational, enterprise, performance and social skills.

At SSSC we enable our pupils to access and contribute more meaningfully in society and to become as independent as possible in terms of developing their sense of self, completing everyday tasks, developing relationships and opportunities for work. Without additional support to develop these skills, pupils are at risk of becoming excluded from situations and experiences that are taken for granted by the majority of society.

At SSSC we have developed a Life Skills curriculum which is split into seven main areas of focus: Money, Shopping, Travel Training, Accessing the community, Personal Skills, Household Skills and Behaviour.

Staff deliver activities which encompass life skills across the strands and specialist staff deliver specific workshops to the class groups to broaden the range and experience further for our pupils.

We have three sessions per week dedicated to Life Skills activities in addition to embedding across the whole curriculum and have whole school days and one Life Skills week throughout the year.

Pupils are able to develop their skills and build their confidence in a supportive environment which can then lead to a Prince’s Trust qualification at Entry 3 to Level 2.


Additional Curriculum and Sessions

Sex Education sessions take place as part of a planned curriculum within PSHE lessons. Sex Education focuses on changes and preparing pupils for growing up. The sessions take place over one term and parent/carers are fully informed as to what will be covered before the units take place. Parent/carers may withdraw pupils from all or part of Sex and Relationship Education lessons. Further details are available in school, on request.

Behaviour Support

A 2 day Team Teach training event takes places every other year. Currently we have two  trained Team Teach Trainers who deliver the training for our staff as well as other staff within the federation. They also provide regular refresher sessions ensuring the Team Teach ethos is embedded within SSSC. There is a rigorous reporting procedure in place (Pink forms) and Positive Handling Plans (PHPs) are in place for all pupils who require them and staff work closely with the Senior Leadership Team in order to develop/implement PHPs when necessary.


We achieved the Derbyshire “STOP” anti-bullying award in January 2015 and are awaiting the review of it for academic year 2018/2019. At SSSC we ensure we always participated in Anti-bullying week. It is featured annually within PSHE sessions. We have child friendly Anti-bullying policy and also have 8 school Prefects that are there to be student voice if necessary. Annually we complete a questionnaire in regards to bullying to ensure we are providing a safe environment for all our students.


Whenever appropriate we provide opportunities for inclusion in order for our pupils to achieve successful inclusion within Swanwick School and Sports College and into mainstream schools, college or Further Education and enable students to practice the skills needed in order to experience successful inclusion within their community.

Pupil Involvement

We encourage our pupils to have and express their views in a variety of ways. Pupils are encouraged to develop their choice making skills as a priority. This is evident through the school council, contributions to annual reviews, target setting and pupil self-assessment within lessons.


Assessment, Recording and Reporting policy.


Establishing robust links with our parents/carers is vital as for most we do not have daily face-to-face contact. At SSSC we offer a Pastoral Team. The Pastoral Teams consists of the Head of School, SENCo, Positive Support and Family Liaison Worker. Their role is to develop close working relationships with parents and carers to ensure our young people have access to the opportunities and services they are entitled.

The Pastoral Team have designated roles and responsibilities and work in collaboration with each other and outside agencies to ensure support if given to both the students and their families.

The FLW will work with individual families more intensively and attend meetings such as Annual Reviews, PEP’s and Child in Need meetings.

This role also allows closer working relationships between the school and other agencies such as local Multi Agency Teams, CAMHs and Social Care.

The Family Liaison Worker works with young people identified by the school as requiring more support. Parents and carers are also welcome to contact the school and speak with the Family Liaison Worker directly.

Effective communication between home and school is crucial. Home/School books are in operation across the school for ensuring a daily line of communication as necessary. All staff will contact parent/carers by phone if there is an immediate need to do so and vice versa. The school has a texting service which enables us to communicate quickly and directly to parent/carers. We provide parent/carers with: An Annual and Mid Term Report on their child’s progress, an Annual Review meeting (soon to be EHC Plan meetings), 2 parent/carers’ evenings focusing on reviewing and setting personal skills targets.

What to do if you have concerns/worries: In the first instance please contact the school and ask to speak to the relevant member of staff if your concerns cannot be resolved please see Complaints Procedure.


We welcome visits to the school from prospective parent/carers. If you want a place at this school for your child you need to inform DCC SEN (01629 580000). The school will receive consultation papers and will decide whether they can meet the needs of your child. If your child is offered a place with us a member of staff will visit either their current school or home or both. Appropriate transition will be organised.

Involving Specialists

As some of our students have additional medical/health needs many external professionals come into Swanwick School and Sports College to work with and support our pupils, staff and parent/carers. This includes Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Children and Adolescent Mental Health services (LD-CAMHs), Community Children’s Nurses, Visual and Hearing Impaired.

These professionals often provide support, advice and training .We also work closely with Social Care and The Virtual School (children in care).

Our Staff

We have a wide variety of staff to meet the needs of our pupils; A Leadership Team, Teachers, Family Liaison Worker, Teaching Assistants and Midday Supervisors. In addition to this we have a Pianist, School Nurse and Positive Support workers. Relevant continual professional development is provided for all staff to meet the needs of our pupils

Equipment and Facilities

The school building is not purpose built and therefore we are constantly striving to ensure its suitability for the ever changing needs of our pupils.

Our facilities include: –

Specialist classrooms

Positive Support rooms

A Specialist build for high functioning ASD pupils. (The Hub)

All Weather Pitch



 Accessibility Plan

The School’s Accessibility Plan can be found on the school’s website under the policy section.


For the full versions of the new Code of Practice please click here