A school with over 500 years of experience ensures your child is in safe hands.
Appropriate and effective Teaching and Learning
WGS is a fully inclusive school. (Click here to read our Equal Opportunities Policy). Most of the school buildings are accessible to students with physical disabilities. There are ramps into every building with lifts in most where access to a second floor may be required. Each building also has an accessible toilet, and there are accessible changing facilities in the Sports Centre.
We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all students regardless of their needs. Students with additional needs participate fully in extra-curricular opportunities throughout their time at Wolverhampton Grammar School.
The school curriculum includes trips out to enrich pupil’s experiences. Our risk assessments are inclusive of SEND students and one-to-one adult support is provided, should this be required, to ensure that pupils with additional needs can take part.
We use a range of strategies to monitor the progress of students and to ensure that good teaching is in place for all pupils.
We offer support through some key interventions and the OpAL programme. We identify the students by looking closely at their progress and what we can do to support them. All students are initially screened on their entrance to the Senior School. Any students who score below average are screened further and interventions are put in place if they are identified as needing additional support.
Interventions we use to give students additional support are:
- Targeted small group or 1:1 intervention
- Focused Curriculum Support (OpAL)
- Word Wasp
- Cool Kids
- Reading Support
- Word processing – Dance Mat
- Speech and Language (Black Sheep Press)
At WGS we make provision for pupils who have any needs in the following areas:
- Cognition and Learning - Children and young people who find learning, thinking and understanding harder than most other pupils.
- Communication and Interaction - Children and young people who find it difficult with interacting with the people and world around them.
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties - Children and young people who find it difficult to manage their emotions and behaviour in a way that affects their daily life.
- Sensory and/or physical needs - Children and young people who have a disability that may make it difficult for them to manage their everyday life without changed or support. This may be because of hearing or visual difficulties, physical disabilities or other medical needs.
We know that some pupils will have difficulties in more than one of these areas and we will always do our best to meet their needs.
A Partnership Approach
|How is work differentiated at the right level to make sure my child makes good progress?|
We use a range of criteria and evidence to help us identify the level that students are working at. This helps teachers to plan work for all students to make progress, by making sure your child’s specific needs are met.
We use the following to support children with additional needs to become independent learners:
|What types of learning resources are available for my child?|
A range of resources are available in all areas of the curriculum to support students learning at different levels and to ensure that they can access the curriculum. These are clear on subject teachers’ weekly planning and specific resources are identified on the student’s Pupil Communication Profile (e.g. coloured overlays, sloping desks, wobble cushions, ear defenders).
|What resources does the school offer if my child has significant social and/or communication needs?|
Our Pupil Communication Profiles and One Page Profiles identify the types of needs a child may have and how to support them. For example, Autism, ADHD, cognition and learning. These are kept on the School’s online shared area which all teachers and cover teachers have access to.
Miss Claudine Jones (Head of Pastoral), Heads of House/Year and Junior school Senior Leadership Team work closely with pupils and families to support their emotional, health and wellbeing. If your child needs additional support, one of the Heads of House/Year will contact you to discuss this and strategies that can be implemented.
Heads of House/Year mentor students on a one-to-one basis. Students are able to access the school library at lunchtime club find they find it difficult to socialise outside.
|What support is available if my child needs support with managing behaviour or dealing with social situations?|
At WGS we have a set of sanctions and rewards, as set out in our Behaviour Policy to encourage children to make the right choices. This is consistent across the school. (Click here to read the Behaviour Policy.)
If your child needs additional support with managing behaviour or dealing with social situations, they may be put on a school report. This identifies their needs and the targets they are working towards. You will be informed if a school report needs to be put in place for your child. It will be discussed with you, shared with staff and reviewed regularly by the Head of House/Year.
Miss Claudine Jones (Head of Pastoral), Heads of House/Year and Junior school Senior Leadership Team work closely with pupils and families to support their emotional, health and wellbeing. If your child needs additional support, one of the Heads of House/Year or Junior School Senior Leadership Team will contact you to discuss this and strategies that can be implemented.
Students are able to access the school library at lunchtime club find they find it difficult to socialise outside.
|How will the SENCO ask for my permission to involve other professionals to work with my child?|
WGS works with external agencies to help support specific needs. Examples of these are:
If these services request to work with your child, we will always consult you and request permission before the qualified professional works with your child.
|How will my child be involved in decisions about their learning?|
Here are the things we do at WGS to make sure your child is listened to and involved in decision making:
Local Authority Support Services:
Specialist Learning Support
Tel: 01902 550609
Speech and Language Therapy
Tel: 01902 444363
Social Services and voluntary organisations:
Child and Mental Health Services
Tel: 01902 444021
Tel: 01902 556945