What are the kinds of special educational needs for which provision is made at Trinity Academy Newcastle?

Trinity is a Multi- Academy Trust. Trinity Academy is a Non- Maintained Day Special Academy for students between the ages of 7-16 years (Key Stages 2-4) Trinity Solutions is a Post -16 provision, which is for students aged 16-19 years. We also offer a provision for Post -19 for Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD). Students will be provided with an appropriately paced and differentiated curriculum.

In Trinity Academy the students identified needs will be complex and significant in the area of Social, Emotional and Mental Health as described in the SEN Code of Practice. The student may also have associated needs in the areas of cognition/learning and communication and interaction (autistic spectrum disorder and/or speech and language difficulties).

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

What are the Academy policies for the identification and assessment of students attending the school?

All students at Trinity Academy have an Education Health and Care Plan or are undergoing assessment. All plans are reviewed on an annual basis through multi-agency reviews.

What is the provision for students at Trinity Academy?

All students attending Trinity Academy will have an EHC Plan. There may be agreement with the LA that a child or young person is placed pending the outcome of an assessment for an EHC Plan.

What training do staff have in relation to the needs of students at Trinity Academy?

All staff have clear job descriptions, which detail the required qualifications for each post in the Academy. All staff have regular training related to their work as support assistants, teaching assistants, HLTA, pastoral staff or teacher. All our staff are trained in the Team Teach approach, which aims to support teaching, learning and caring, by increasing staff confidence and competence, in responding to behaviours that challenge, whilst promoting and protecting positive relationships. We have a number of Mental Health Champions who support the staff team in appropriate strategies around mental health and emotional well-being.

What are the arrangements for consulting parents of students at Trinity and involving them in the education of their child?

At Trinity parents are fully included in the process of working with their children/young adults.
This includes:

  • Initial visits to the academy and introductory meetings
  • At least weekly phone calls home to keep parents/carers updated on their child
  • Two parent/teacher meetings per year
  • Three school reports per year
  • Annual Review meeting and reports
  • Parent group including workshops and training
  • Coffee mornings
  • Parental involvement in changes in school through informal and formal consultations
  • Heads of Schools questionnaires
  • Anti-Bullying questionnaire

What are the arrangements for consulting students at Trinity about, and involving them in, their education?

All students in our Academy are treated with dignity and respect. The Academy Council/Post 16 Learner Forum involves students to contribute and decide on aspects of academy life relating to their needs. The assessment and annual review process of EHC Plans includes the choices and views of students.

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

The process for all complaints is made available in the parent admission pack. The complaints procedure is also available on the website or from Central Admin on request.

How does the governing body involve others - including health, Childrens social care, adult social care, local authorirt services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of students at Trinity and in supporting their families?

We have a wide range of staff working together within the Academy to support the students and their families. We work alongside a range of other professionals in meeting students needs including Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, CYPs workers, School Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists. All these professionals work within Trinity, training staff, advising staff, working with students.

All contact numbers for support services, described above, can be provided by the academy if required.

What are the Academy's arrangements for supporting students in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood?

All transitions are well planned for through-out school as students move from class to class and phase to phase. Parents/carers always have the opportunity to meet the new teacher and class staff.
A phased process of transition is managed for students that transfer between our two sites, this includes holiday workshops for those student in their transition year.
Students from year 9 upwards are introduced to Trinity Solutions post 16 provision through their curriculum options.
Students are increasingly supported in planning for their transition from school to adult life. We work closely in partnership with Connexions for post 16 transition, which includes an individual plan for each student.

Where is the information on the Newcastle local offer published?

The Local Authority publish their arrangements for SEN. Further Details can be found on the Newcastle website by following the link below.

Newcastle SEN Local Offer