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Childwall Sports & Science Academy


Childwall Sports and Science Academy has a mission statement of “Learning without Limits”. This means that we seek to achieve the best possible outcomes for every student within a safe and supportive environment.

Our Academy provides high-quality teaching and stimulating learning experiences designed to appeal to students of all ability levels. We encourage every member of our Academy community to focus on lifelong learning - developing the academic and social skills they will need to become responsible adults and caring, confident citizens of the future.

Our Headteacher says: "Here at Childwall Academy it is paramount that our children are happy, safe and enjoying their learning. Childwall is an ambitious Academy with high standards and an excellent reputation for the care and support offered to all. We are a diverse community where difference is embraced, encouraged and celebrated. Leaders are very proud of the fact that we are a popular school that continues to grow and improve in all areas. Strong leadership across the school and the Trust ensures that our passion to provide the very best education possible for all of our students is pursued every day. Learning for all is important to us at Childwall. Each member of staff within the school are very aware that they contribute to the foundations and success of your child’s future.

As Head Teacher, I am passionate that the Academy is an engaging and vibrant learning hub for all. Under my leadership the school will aim to empower individuals of all ages to learn and to lead through the many positive experiences we provide each day. We are excited to continue our improvements whilst striving for excellence in all areas. Our comprehensive, well planned, well researched, curriculum will enable our students from Year 7 to Year 13 to make informed choices in their future beyond Childwall Academy.

Childwall is a diverse community where difference is embraced and celebrated. All subjects are important within our Academy and we are very proud that our students go on to study or train in a wide range of subjects, such as Medicine, Music, Midwifery. Our aim is for all our students to be confident in their own ability, formulating high levels of subject knowledge alongside being a well-rounded individual who is competent in the social skills of perseverance, proficiency and integrity."

Our Trust:

We are a part of the Lydiate Learning Trust. The Trust is founded on the core belief that every child should be afforded the very best opportunities in life. We engage with all within our Trust and beyond to enable them to show the world their particular talents, their ideas and their passion. Our partnerships across the region are helping to ensure that this opportunity is extended to as many young people as possible.

The expertise and resources of the Trust and our education partners, guarantees that we successfully develop a culture of academic excellence and a fundamental ethos of aspiration that inspires all our students to flourish, achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs H Carroll
Contact Position
PA to Headteacher / Office Manager

Childwall Sports & Science Academy

Where to go

Queens Drive,
L15 6XZ

Local Offer



Our Commitment

  • To recognise and understand the specific needs of our students and ensure they are part of our school community
  • To enable each student to reach their potential: ‘Learning Without Limits’
  • To provide a positive environment where students are happy and engaged in learning and the life of the school

Categories of Special Educational Needs

We have four categories of need:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

At Childwall, students are identified as having a special educational need based on one or more of the above categories. Each student is seen as an individual, as are their specific needs, which may involve additional support, interventions and a differentiated approach.

If your child has an additional need, they will be placed on the Special Educational Needs Register and will be classed under the category of SEN Support.

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan, they will be added to the Special Educational Needs register and will be placed under the category of Education Health Care Plan.

Our SEND Policy is based on the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, 2015 and this has helped us set out the procedures that all organisations need to follow in order to meet the needs of children.

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?

This process starts during the transition period from Year 6 to 7. Once your child has been allocated a place at Childwall, we then liaise with the primary school and yourselves to gather the relevant information we require to ensure we understand and implement the relevant support package for your child. Our transition programme promotes a positive start to secondary school, with a good level of communication with yourselves to help prepare your child for their next step in education.

We use the information transferred from your child’s primary school to decide if your child will be placed on the SEND Register. A Support Plan will then be produced and shared with teaching and support staff to ensure we have a good understanding of your child and that we are implementing strategies to ensure they are able to access learning at an appropriate level and make progress. We also ensure that any external agencies who are working with your child are included at meetings and any reports they produce are used when creating the support plan.

Childwall follow the graduated response to SEND support. We use Quality First Teaching across the Curriculum, but we do understand that some of our students require additional support to this. The graduated response ensures we follow the Assess, Plan, Do and Review process. This involves regular assessments, along with a report home and a review 3 times per year (or each term). A good level of communication between home and school is encouraged and is beneficial for staff, parents and students. Communication with school can be accessed via email and phone calls to the SEND Team. We will invite you in for a termly review meeting, plus we can meet at the Presentation of Learning evenings.         

How will school staff support my child?

All relevant staff will be provided with a copy of the support plan specifically prepared for your child. Specific staff meet on a regular basis, so concerns/feedback and relevant information can be shared and discussed. Based on the Key Stage 2 data, targets are set for our students, with termly monitoring and assessment, so any changes to provision can be put in place. The students are involved in this process and the pupil voice is valued in all aspects of school life.

Any provision required beyond Quality First Teaching strategies can include:

  • Support Plan with information, recommendations and strategies to promote understanding and meet specific needs
  • Learning Assistant Support in lessons
  • Access to Literacy and Numeracy catch-up sessions (small group)
  • Access to Nurture Group (small group and a differentiated approach in specific lessons)
  • Access to multi-sensory programmes (for example, IDL which is for students with Dyslexia)
  • A good level of communication between home and school, including regular contact and review meetings
  • Regular assessments to assess reading and spelling ages
  • Resources to promote independent learning, such as a task organiser
  • Access arrangements in place for students during assessments and tests
  • Access to the Learning Support area during unstructured times of the day – provides a safe haven in a supervised area
  • 1:1 and small group sessions for social communication and interaction, emotional wellbeing and time out
  • Extra curriculum activities, such as sporting activities, lunchtime clubs and breakfast club
  • External agency liaison and support as required
  • Provision, such as leave lesson early passes for students with specific/medical/physical needs
  • SEND School Governor


Contact Name
Mrs E Wylie - SENDCO
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
SEND at Childwall
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11 to 16)
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