Eggbuckland Community College is a happy, supportive, exciting and inspirational place to be a student. 'Learning Caring Achieving' is very much at the heart of our ethos; we want our students to really enjoy their time with us, make the most of the wealth of opportunities available to them, and achieve to the very best of their ability.
We are extremely proud of the fact that students at Eggbuckland typically make excellent progress, placing us in the top 20% of all schools nationally.
This is as a result of high quality teaching, excellent care and guidance and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including astronomy, dance, drama, music, science and a variety of different sports.
As important as great results is the fact that our students leave us with the skills, qualities and qualifications they need to go on to play a key role in their community as active, responsible and dependable citizens.
Of the utmost importance is that our students feel happy, safe and supported. This helps them grow in confidence and develop self-esteem, enabling them to achieve to their full potential and succeed in life.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCO) will liaise with all primary schools during Year 5 and Year 6 to ensure that information on students is shared effectively, in line with the Local Authority Transition Protocol.
At the start of Year 7, or on entry, the College will undertake relevant assessments of all students to ascertain their ability/difficulties and a profile of their needs. This information will be used alongside data from primary schools to ensure that students who may need additional support with learning are identified.
Once needs are identified, a graduated response to supporting the student's need will be initiated. Where relevant, the SENDCO will enlist the services of specialist professionals such as Educational Psychologists and Advisory Teachers.
Details of each student with Special Educational Needs, including the nature of their learning disability, recommended teaching strategies, strengths in learning and history of provision will be available to all teaching staff. All teaching staff, parents and the student will be made aware of this information and informed when any significant changes are made.
It is the responsibility of all staff to liaise with the SENDCO should they have any concerns that a student may have previously unidentified Special Educational Needs. Key staff hold regular support panel meetings to discuss emerging need which may include SEN.
The SENDCO will make arrangements for students in Year 9 and beyond to be assessed for exam access arrangements. These assessments are initiated by teachers observing that a child performs significantly better with access to additional arrangements than if they took a test under standard conditions.
Please note that a pre-existing condition may not mean a child is automatically entitled to exam access arrangements. Over time children improve their basic skills and access to additional time for tests in primary school may not mean a child will have access to extra time in secondary school.