Supporting Learning

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

There are a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Carrington School. We have a fully inclusive culture and comply with the requirements outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

Our SEND Policy (2019-22) outlines our approach to identifying students with SEND and assessing their needs. Our approach follows the Graduated Response of Assess, Plan, Do, Review as detailed in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015).

Lead by our Director of Inclusion, Mr Sorensen, SEND is one of the facets of DICE (Developmental and Inclusive Centre
of Excellence)
that draws together the wider understanding of a child or young person’s needs, to ensure that the correct support and intervention is in place for learning, behavioural and wellbeing needs.

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Route 4

Route 4 is an Alternative Provision for students in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), lead by Mrs Hampson, and supported by Mr Taylor and Mrs Franklin. It was established in 2007 and has run successfully ever since. It was set up as an initiative which aimed to teach young people at KS4 in a different environment to mainstream. The initial cohorts were identified for various reasons, including struggling to attend or stay within the mainstream structure at school.

Route 4 takes students from a range of other secondary schools in Surrey and Croydon. The maximum capacity is for 30 students with up to 15 students in each year group. 

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Route 3

Route 3 is an Alternative Provision for students at Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9), lead by Mrs Bell and supported by Mr Taylor. A number of factors are considered when highlighting students who would significantly benefit from this unique and nurturing environment, for example, underachievement, low attendance or/and behaviour concerns. This is complemented by an in-depth referral process, which involves students themselves, parents/carers and the staff who work with these young people.

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Forest School

A child-centred inspirational learning process that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions, Forest School is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk-taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

We began our Forest School experiences nearly 20 years ago and over the past seven years we have offered weekly 2-hour sessions to selected Year 7 students, each group spending one term on a programme of Forest School activities. The sessions are run during the school day and are planned and delivered by two members of staff, Mr Everett and Mrs Tully, who are qualified Forest School Leaders.

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Access to Education (A2E)

Access to Education (A2E) is a service provided for students with additional educational needs, this can be for students who are at risk of education or those who are missing out on mainstream education for other reasons.

A2E offers a short-term service for children/young people who through exceptional circumstances cannot attend school including medical reasons and permanent exclusions. This service includes teaching; emotional, behavioural and social development work; and mentoring. This is all accessed via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

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