Where children have a disability or special need, the school aims to make any reasonable adjustments it can to provide a differentiated curriculum, resources and learning support to meet children’s needs. We do recognise that for some children the environment and ethos may not meet the needs of the child even with reasonable adjustments in place. This is why we like to explore with parents whether or not Annan is the right choice for their child. If there is a need for an increase in staff or for additional resources over and above that available to all children, the school will attempt to source external funding where this is available. If additional funding is not available, parents will be required to fund any additional provision necessary.
Staff at Annan have experience of working with children with a wide range of Special Education Needs. These include children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, sensory difficulties, aspergers, autism and non-specific learning difficulties as well as a range of emotional and physical or medical needs.
The school’s SENDCO is Ania Ponitka who jas an NaSEND qualification and considerable experience of working as a SENDCO special needs in schools in East Sussex. The Principal who oversees SEN is Mark Hunter who also has a lot of experience of dealing with agencies and organising support for children with SEN. We have also supported families through the Education and Health Care assessment process and can organise assessments and therapy for children who need it.
We advise parents to come in to talk through what would be needed to support their child and consider whether the environment is suitable and their child’s needs could be met at Annan.
Children who are exceeding what is expected for a child of their age by a significant degree would be offered extension work both within the class situation and also in small groups.
We are committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for children for whom English is an additional language. We use a whole school approach in supporting them and value and welcome the diversity and enrichment a child with English as an additional language, together with their family, can bring to our community of learners. Please see our EAL Policy for more information.