SEN Information Report

Westfield Arts College SEN Information Report (updated December 2018)

This SEN Information Report is updated annually to reflect changes and plans within the school’s provision.

What are the kinds of special educational needs for which provision is made at Westfield Arts College?

Westfield is a maintained day special school for children aged 4-19 years.  Children are provided with an appropriately paced and differentiated curriculum. Admissions to the school are described in the admissions policies on the website.

At Westfield Arts College the pupil’s identified needs are either moderate or complex in the area of cognition and learning as described in the SEN Code of Practice. Pupils may also have associated needs in the areas of emotional/social and communication and interaction (autistic spectrum condition and/or speech and language difficulties). In addition pupils may have sensory or physical difficulties.

More detail on our commitment to high quality educational provision for all our children is detailed in our Teaching and Learning Policy.

What are the school’s policies for the identification and assessment of pupils/students attending the school?

All pupils who attend the school will be have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Further information on the admissions and assessment processes to our school can be found on our website.

What is the provision for pupils/students at Westfield Arts College and how is it evaluated?

All pupils/students attending Westfield will have an EHC Plan. Very occasionally, there may be agreement with the LA that a child or young person is placed pending the outcome of an assessment for a EHC Plan. Associated policies in this area are accessible on our website.

Our provision is based on strong aims and values:

  1. To offer each of our pupils an exciting, well balanced curriculum and outstanding opportunities that support them to achieve their full potential.
  2. To provide a safe and happy learning environment in which our pupils grow into confident, independent young people with the skills they need to make a positive contribution to society.
  3. To hold the pupil at the centre of everything we do by working in close partnership with them, parents and carers, external agencies and the community beyond the school.
  4. To maintain and further develop a superb staff and governor team that is able to offer our pupils education and care of the highest quality.

To achieve our vision we aim to:

  • Create a happy and secure learning environment where all pupils/students needs are met and where achievements and success are recognised and praised.
  • Ensure that all the National Curriculum/statutory curriculum guidance is delivered to all pupils/students.
  • Ensure that ICT is an essential vehicle to access and enhance the curriculum and communication for pupils.
  • Ensure that e-safeguarding is paramount in keeping all members of the school community safe.
  • Provide all staff with training and development opportunities to enable effective practice.
  • Promote the pupils/students spiritual, physical and emotional well-being so that they are secure, confident and well-motivated.
  • Help pupils/students acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence which enable them to lead as full, interesting and independent lives as possible.
  • Develop in pupils/students personal responsibility and encourage decision making and choice, communicating through whatever means appropriate.
  • Provide a wide range of age-appropriate learning experiences, which are both exciting and challenging.
  • Offer opportunities of working co-operatively alongside others, developing friendships and respect for others.
  • Provide pupils/students with experiences of their own and other religious and cultural backgrounds and values.
  • Foster relationships with parents and other professionals.

Further details of all areas of our school curriculum and assessment processes can be found on our website.

We continue to highlight different parts of our provision through our ‘school offer’. It will develop each year and there will be more information available on work within our school. We have liaised with our parents/carers on developing our school offer to ensure it includes useful information and answers their questions.

School staff details are on the website. The school contact details are also on the website where you will be able to contact a member of the senior leadership team or your child’s class teacher.

Staffing levels are enhanced so that pupils are usually taught in classes of up to 10 with a teacher and at least one teaching assistant and an appropriate number of additional teaching assistants to meet the needs of the class group. Some classes have between 10 and 15 pupils, but these pupils generally have the ability to work more co-operatively and independently.

The school receives advice from a range of health professionals in order to meet the needs of the students as assessed by the appropriate professionals. We have access to a speech and language therapist, and other therapists work with identified pupils in the school depending upon their needs.

We have a School Improvement Plan and evaluate it throughout the year. There are link governors for certain aspects of the plan and this supports the evaluation of our progress towards our aims. We also have a school evaluation each year to highlight progress and achievements.

What training do staff have in relation to the needs of pupils/students at Westfield?

All staff have clear job descriptions which detail the required qualifications for each post in school. All staff have a core training programme related to their work as a teaching assistant, senior teaching assistant or teacher – details of this are in our SEN Policy. Training is specifically related to the needs of pupils in our school and also as required by statutory guidance. Newly qualified teachers starting with us have a training programme to support their work.

Other staff gain a range of certificates and qualifications dependant upon the training that they access through the support of the school.

How will equipment and facilities be provided to support pupils/students at Westfield?

Westfield Arts College is purpose built and accessible. Our website has pictures of different areas of the school for families to see what the facilities are like. We are continually reviewing and updating our equipment – as a result existing resources will be developed and new resources purchased. We have reviewed and enhanced curriculum resources in response to the new National Curriculum.

Our SEN policy can be found on our website and is reviewed annually.

All parents and families visit the school prior to their child or young person attending the school.

What are the arrangements for consulting parents of children/young people at Westfield and involving them in the education of their child?

At Westfield, parents are fully included in the process of working with their child. This includes:

  • Initial visits to school
  • Introductory meetings
  • Daily home/school book for information exchanges and key messages
  • Parent/Carer and teacher meetings including update from professionals
  • Annual Review meeting and report
  • Parent workshops and training
  • Coffee mornings
  • Parental Representation on Governing Body
  • Parent involvement in changes in school through informal and formal consultations

What are the arrangements for consulting young people at Westfield about, and involving them in, their education?

All children and young people in our school are treated with dignity and respect. There is full personalisation for the curriculum for each pupil/student in order that they can access and experience success throughout their school life.

All pupils have a One Page Profile which is their personal document which describes what is important to them and how they like to be supported. We use person-centred approaches in all our work.

The School Council enables students to contribute and decide on aspects of school life relating to their needs.

The assessment and annual review process of EHC Plans includes the choices and views of pupils/student.

What are the arrangements made by the governing body for dealing with complaints from parents/carers of pupils/students in relation to the provision made at Westfield?

The school’s complaints procedure is available on the website.

How does the governing body involve others – including health, social services, local authority services and voluntary organisations – in meeting the needs of pupils/students at Westfield and in supporting their families?

Westfield receives multi-agency support from the following:

  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • CAMHS Learning Disability team (Swifts)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Hearing and Visual Impairment services
  • Sensory Inclusion Service
  • School Transport
  • Social Care

What are the schools arrangements for supporting pupils/students in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood?

All transitions are well planned for as children and students move from class to class and phase to phase. Parents/carers always have the opportunity to meet the new teacher and class staff.

Students are increasingly supported in planning for their transition from school to adult life.  Staff from Ansbury Connexions and the Transition Team work with pupils in school to get to know them and to advise both pupils/students and parents/ carers on what is available after leaving Westfield.

We offer Post 16 provision for up to 40 students, which is based at both ‘The Bungalow’ on the school site, and another provision for students aged 16-19 at Weymouth College.

Where is the information on Dorset’s local offer published?

There is further detail on our website of Dorset’s Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and for their families on the Dorset County Council website –

If you have any queries or requests for policies or information relating to this report please contact the School Office (01305 833518 or