‘The inclusive nature of the school ensures that pupils’ needs are met well. Those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress because of the support they receive.’ Ofsted December 2018
DfE/ RSC monitoring visit 22 November 2016 “ SEND and inclusion a key strength of the school.”
Peterborough City Council and a number of primary, secondary and special schools
are working together to create a network of specialist hubs in schools across the city.
These Hubs are developing to become ‘centres of expertise’ to help improve the
support for all children with special educational needs and disabilities in all schools in
the Peterborough area. The primary focus of a Hub is to equip themselves and other
schools to support students with specific SEND. Some of these Hubs have a limited
number of places for students.
Please follow this link to find out more about the network of Hubs.
The Peterborough Primary Hub for children with Physical Disability is based here at Ormiston
Meadows Academy. The Hub caters for a small number of pupils whose needs are primarily
related to their physical disability and mobility/ access needs. These children access a
mainstream curriculum alongside their peers. Children are able to reach their full potential
socially and academically with support from skilled staff, specialised equipment and
individualised learning and therapy programmes.
The Hub offers bespoke provision based on individual need. All school staff are aware of Hub requirements and priorities and are trained in areas appropriate to their role. All pupils in the Hub have a key member of staff who ensures that the child’s needs are met in a holistic fashion, including working with other agencies to develop provision. The class teacher takes full responsibility for the progress of each child and is instrumental in developing and delivering individual plans. Close liaison with families ensures that we understand the needs of the whole child.
We work closely with a range of other organisations, in particular: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and
language therapy and other Health professionals. We have links with a range of other agencies and companies, e.g.
Wheelchair Services, who we work with as pupils needs arise.
All pupils are full members of Ormiston Meadows Academy and have access to all learning and extra-curricular opportunities available. Children’s individual needs are planned for at the highest possible strategic level to ensure full inclusion.
We aim to provide peer-to-peer support for other schools in a flexible, accessible and friendly way. We offer email discussions, phone contact, tours of the school, discussions with key staff, observation of our children and staff in action, problem-solving, loan of resources, sharing of templates and documents, as well as training opportunities in conjunction with the Local Authority or other agencies.
” I just wanted to say thank you so much for your time this morning. It was lovely to see the facilities you offer within your hub. It was great to see how the Sara Stedy works (thanks to your pupils for showing us this). I think the information we have gained will benefit our pupil with Physical Disabilities so much.” Peterborough SENCo visit
“Excellent session with lots of interesting theory and practical advice” Moving and Handling Course delegate.
Wheelpower have released a series of workout videos, although these classes will be aimed at both primary and secondary aged children they can be enjoyed by the whole family together. Please follow this link to get active!
Please follow this link for highlights from the 2019 Peterborough SEND conference
Please follow this link to the Peterborough Local Authority site for further guidance.