Philosophy & Policy
Sharnbrook has a whole school approach to special education needs and disability, which is embedded in the culture of the school. Students with individual needs are the responsibility of all teachers and differentiation is the key to making the curriculum accessible. Within subject areas, care is taken to organise programmes of study to meet the needs of all the students in the teaching group.
Students from across the ability range will need, and receive, additional support during their time at Sharnbrook. Difficulties may include problems with literacy, numeracy, study skills and personal organisation. Students may experience a wide range of medical conditions or personal home circumstances, and a variety of personalised support is available wherever appropriate.
For a full copy of our policy, please see the school website or contact our SENCOs, Rachel Mellor or Catherine Cave, for a hard copy of the policy.
Our team of trained teaching assistants work alongside students and teachers in the classroom. Help is available to all students in the class. Teachers and TAs spend time planning the most effective ways of helping students to understand and achieve their best from that lesson. The TAs may work with small groups, act as a scribe, check student understanding through questioning, and give encouragement and reassurance.
G3 is the Individual Needs classroom and it is supervised by the TAs during social times so that students can socialise, eat their lunch, use the computers and clarify homework tasks or any difficulties they may be having in class.
Core Support Lessons
In year 9, these timetabled lessons are for students who are not making the expected progress in their core subjects. Students follow programmes tailored to their needs in a small group environment. Students are given the opportunity to opt in to Core Support in year 10. The course includes an entry level certificate in English. Students also receive curriculum support and assistance with completion of classwork, revision and homework.
ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) is a course run in conjunction with the Science Department for students in years 10 & 11 who are taking the single science GCSE. The course incorporates a wide variety of modules which are designed to help students prepare for life and work. They include enrichment subjects such as PSHEE and citizenship. Past students have organised charity events, given presentations on their interests and completed basic first aid training.
In conjunction with the Mathematics and English Departments, we run interventions, such as SuccessMaker and Toe by Toe to support students’ literacy and numeracy skills. Students work in small groups and can access the appropriate intervention during their Core Support lessons, pre-vocational studies, tutor times or after school where possible.
Sixth Form Mentoring
Mrs Harris works with our sixth form students supporting them with study skills, including time management, organisational skills, life skills, stress management, help with UCAS, revision techniques and, indeed, the transition into the sixth form itself, which can be quite daunting for some students. Mrs Harris mentors students on a weekly or fortnightly basis, meeting with them individually or in small groups.