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New Heights High School

Pupil Referral Unit

Our mission here at New Heights High School is, as our name suggests, to use our skills and strategies to reach new heights, by facilitating learning with a positive ethos to change the course of behaviour for young people referred to us

Who to contact

Telephone
0151 498 4055
E-mail
office@newheights.liverpool.sch.uk

Where to go

Name
New Heights School
Address
Naylorsfield Drive
Liverpool
Postcode
L27 1XU

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

 How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

If your child has been allocated a place at New Height’s High School (NHHS), parent(s) and carer(s) are invited to an admissions meeting with NHHS’s Parenting Engagement Worker. During your child’s placement at NHHS all parent(s)/ carer(s) are provided with daily phone calls home to inform you of your child’s academic and behavioural progress during the school day, and to keep you up to date on how your child’s placement is progressing. You can contact NHHS’s Parenting Engagement Worker at any time and arrange a meeting if you require so. You can arrange to meet with your child’s form tutor, subject teacher and any of NHHS’s SLT at any time during your child’s placement. When your child is approaching the final stages of his/ her placement at NHHS, a meeting will be arranged with a Local Authority (Social Inclusion) representative, NHHS’s SENCO and Parent Engagement Worker who will support you with choosing an appropriate future educational provision for your child.

 How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

After analysing information from your child's previous mainstream school, Learning Support Assistants, Pastoral Staff and subject teachers will be made aware of your child's learning and or behavioural needs. Appropriate targets are set for all pupils and are periodically monitored and reviewed to ensure you and your child is kept up to date with progress made. The school SENCO and Parenting Engagement Workers will also continually liaise with you and help identify appropriate outside agency support that he feels may help support your child’s education and wellbeing.

 How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?

At NHHS, we understand that all pupils have different learning styles and learn at their own pace. On entry, all pupils complete entrance assessments in Maths, English and your child’s reading, spelling and comprehension ages will be ascertained. There are a maximum of eight pupils per class, who are assisted by a Learning Support Assistant as well as a subject teacher. Pupils who may have specific SEN requirements are given an alternative timetable in which they are provided with 1-1 support from staff and intervention lessons. The pace and challenge in all lessons support every pupil to achieve good outcomes and realise their true potential. All lessons are pupil focused where personalised learning is a major component. Parent(s)/ carer(s) can also contact and arrange an additional meeting or telephone conversation with NHHS’s SENCO if you have any concerns about the progress of your child.

 How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

All pupils enrolled at NHHS are also provided with taxi transport both to and from school. NHHS is a staff intensive environment where you’re child’s wellbeing is of paramount importance, interventions include; • Mentors • Rewards and Sanctions system • Behaviour plans • Celebration assemblies • Outside agency support • Lunch time/ after school clubs • IEP’s There are also opportunities for pupils to share their views and opinions via the Student Voice surveys which is fed back to all staff. NHHS is mindful of the need to safeguard the well-being of all its pupil’s and management of first aid arrangements will be undertaken in such a way as to ensure there is adequate training of staff, provision of first aid equipment and recording of first aid treatment. Pupil's requiring medication during the school day should bring their medication to the main office at the start of each school day. It will be safely locked away in the school medical safe and will only be administered by school staff qualified to do so. The school keeps a record of each occasion a student is given medication. Details of date, time and dose are recorded. This also applies to daily or emergency medication. Students taking medication on a care plan have their own log sheets. Break and Lunch time clubs operate for pupils who are perceived to be vulnerable, who may be struggling with friendship groups or pupils who may need additional pastoral support in general. NHHS has a clear Behaviour Code, with rewards and sanctions, within the school which all staff and students are expected to follow. Pastoral Leaders provide individual support and guidance for students who may be showing behaviour of concern in order to address the issues that may be causing the behaviour.

 What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

At school all staff support pupils with special educational needs. The school also accesses specialist services when appropriate, including: • The Educational Psychology Service • Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy Services. • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) • Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) • Connexions. • The Youth Offending Service (YOS) • Young Person Advisory Service (YPAS) • Family Intervention Program (FIP) • Early Intervention Team (EIT) • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Support Service (SENISS) • Listening Ear (Merseyside) – Butterflies • Willy Russell Centre • Young Runaways • Young Addactions • NSPCC • Parent Partnership • Barnardo’s • ADHD Foundation • The Brook Sexual Health Clinic

 What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college

NHHS ensures that staff are trained to support pupils with a wide range of special educational needs. There is an on- going program of whole school training in teaching and supporting students including: • ADHD • ASD • Dyslexia • Behaviour management • Safeguarding • First aid

 What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Full participation in the curriculum and extra curricula activities and enrichment is expected for all pupils where possible and all pupils are encouraged to be fully involved in all areas of school life. For some pupils a full risk assessment may be carried out in partnership with parents to ensure all aspects of health and safety are covered before a planned activity.

 How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Our school comprises of a one story building which has wheelchair access throughout the building. All corridor walls contain signage which is very clear. Disability toilets are available.

 How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment

Before a pupil is allocated a place at our school, our SENCO and Parenting Engagement Workers work collaboratively with the L.A. (Social Inclusion) and the referring mainstream secondary school. If required, a Team Around the Child meeting may be convened to help formulate an informed and appropriate plan for your child’s future education. Pupils’ parents, pupils, staff from the referring mainstream school, Social Inclusion representatives and staff from New Heights High School attend these meetings. An admissions meeting is then scheduled at New Heights High School with the view of both patent(s)/ carer(s) and your child familiarising themselves with our school. During your child’s placement at NHHS they’re behavioural and academic needs will be continuously assessed, and these assessments will be carried out via; - Entrance assessments (Salford/ NARA/ Vernon/ GOAL assessments). - PIVATS (assessment snapshots taken every two weeks). - Teacher assessments/ observations. - SENISS outreach (if required) - Cognitive Abilities Test’s - LASS Dyslexia screening assessments. - Strength and Difficulty’s Questionnaire (SDQ’s) - Education Psychology Service intervention (if required) During a young person’s placement in our school, communication between school and parent(s)/ carer(s) is paramount to ensure you are fully informed regarding your child’s behavioural and academic progress. Daily phone calls are conducted by each pupils Learning Support Assistant updating you on how their child’s school day has been. If you would like to gain additional information or any additional support, our Parenting Engagement Workers are always available to talk to you and signpost you towards any outside agency support if required or to arrange a meeting with form tutors/ school SENCO/ SLT staff. As your child approaches the final stages of their placement at NHHS, you will be contacted by our Parenting Engagement Worker who will schedule an exit strategy meeting to discuss your child’s future education. We work collaboratively with Social Inclusion who also attend the exit strategy meeting and support NHHS with making an informed decision regarding your child’s future educational provision. After your child’s exit strategy meeting, they will be presented at the Fair Access Panel where they will be allocated a place in an appropriate future educational placement.

 How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life

SENCO deploys support staff to ensure that pupils benefit from specific interventions. Budget Decisions on how to allocate resources are made according to the needs of the pupil. The decisions are made in conjunction with school governors at head teacher level.

 How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

All pupils who are allocated a place at NHHS are supported and educated in a very staff intensive environment. Each class consists of an average of eight pupils who are supported by an LSA in addition to the classroom teacher. Classes are arranged in accordance of academic ability and age range, however personalised learning is embedded throughout our school to ensure each pupil’s individual needs are met in each lesson. Pupils who are identified as requiring additional intervention will receive intervention on a withdrawal and in classroom basis. Our Parent Engagement Worker will also liaise with parent(s)/ carer(s) throughout your child’s placement at our school and will support and advise you on available outside agency support which may be appropriate for your child.

 Who can I contact for further information?

Parents are encouraged to contact school and /or visit the school website for further information: office@sec.liverpool.sch.uk or Telephone 0151 498 4055 The Local Offer can be found on the liverpool.gov.uk website as part of the Family Services Directory.

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Address: Naylorsfield Drive  Liverpool