SEND Infomation

It’s very important that pupils with special educational needs are properly identified, assessed and supported and that the support is tailored to each child’s particular needs. In deciding what those needs are and how we can support the pupil to overcome any ‘barriers to learning’ arising from those needs, we will work closely with the pupil and their family. This 3-way partnership underpins all our work and is a major contributory factor to our success; it is essential in making sure that all pupils make the best possible progress whilst at our Academy.

For the majority of children and for most of the time, we provide support in class, as part of normal day-to-day lessons. As an inclusive academy where every pupil is valued, we want all pupils to take a full part in all lessons and in every aspect of academy life alongside their peers. Our teachers plan and deliver quality lessons that are well differentiated, so the needs of all pupils are catered for and all pupils can benefit fully from them. Sometimes, however, a pupil’s personalised assessment shows that they would benefit from additional support as part of a small group. If this is needed, then it is carefully planned by skilled teachers.

For a number of pupils with more specialist needs, we may also call on the expertise and experience of specialists from outside the Academy. These may be people who work for the SEN specialist teams in the Local Authority or specialists in children’s issues in the Health Service.

For a very small number of pupils with complex and specialist needs, in close partnership with external partners we work towards an “Education, Health and Care Plan”. This provides a detailed and properly coordinated plan of action to provide additional support to the pupil to enable them to benefit fully from their time at our Academy. The plan is always drawn up in partnership with the pupil and parents and clearly identifies the contributions that each partner needs to make to help the pupil to progress in their learning. There are regular reviews of the progress that the pupil is making and the extent to which the Plan is working. Parents and pupils have an important role to play in helping us to review and, if needed, improve the Plan.

Visit Birmingham City Council’s Local Offer –, an online resource that details services, support and guidance available to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0–25 and their families.

Key Information

Amanda Perry
SENDCO for Primary
0121 464 2638 (option 7)

Ed Smedmore
SENDCO for Secondary
0121 464 2638 (option 7)

Karen Heslington
SENDCO Assistant for Secondary
0121 464 2638 (option 7)

Starbank Accessibility Plan

SEND Information Report, Policy and Guidance

SEND Information Policy and Guidance - Covid 19 Addendum