An Introduction To Bradworthy Primary Academy

Bradworthy School was built in 1872 as a Board School. Its one large classroom was eventually divided into three and with the addition of two temporary classrooms continued to be used as the main teaching space until 1985. In that year as a part of its policy to upgrade old schools rather than build new ones the Local Education Authority remodeled the building.

The original school was converted into a hall equipped with gymnasium apparatus for Physical Education plus stage blocks and lights for drama. A new teaching block was built on the site of the former playground and linked to the original building. Four new classrooms were built in the 1970s with under-floor central heating and linking doors.
This heating system was replaced in 2010 when an extensive grant enabled us to instal a state of the art bio-mass heating system which lowered our carbon foot-print and substantially reduced our annual heating costs.
In the centre of this block is a technology area where the school’s multimedia, internet connected computer network is housed. Each class uses the centre on a regular basis to support their curriculum work.

Our continuing success as a school over a long period of time put us in a position where we qualified for conversion to Academy Status and in March 2011 Bradworthy Primary Academy opened.
This is an exciting and very positive step forward and one that puts us in the best possible position to continue our development as a school in the future so that the needs of our children are fully met and the opportunities that they are offered maximized.

Pastoral Care

At Bradworthy School we approach the care of our children in a positive way, reinforcing the philosophy and ethos of the school and following the school discipline policy.

Click here to download our ethos which is at the root of everything that we are trying to achieve.

Our children are fully supervised and we place great emphasis on the welfare and well being of the children in our care.

School Attendance

Key Stage 1

Morning Session 9.00am - 12.15pm
Afternoon Session 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Key Stage 2

Morning Session 9.00am - 12.30pm
Afternoon Session 1.30pm - 3.30pm

In addition to this we also run a free child care service.
Children can be dropped off in school from 8.00am each morning and picked up as late as 5.30pm.

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs: A Whole School Approach

Bradworthy Primary Academy is a mainstream setting for pupils aged from four to eleven, with an affiliated pre-school on our site.

We understand that all children have many varied needs and our main aim in school is to support the development of the whole child and ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school and develop as fully rounded individuals.    This approach is advocated within our ethos, which is available on the homepage of our web site.    All staff in school recognise that there are times when children may need some additional support to assist them in their learning. We believe that all teachers are teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs, and that every teacher is responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all pupils in their class even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff.    Our staff endeavour to provide high quality teaching,  differentiated to meet the needs of the majority of pupils.

Some pupils will need something additional to and different from what is provided for the majority of pupils; this is special educational provision and we aim to ensure that such provision is made for those who need it. We aim to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever this is achievable and appropriate.

 

The four broad ‘areas of need’ we aim to provide for are:

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

These areas of need are taken from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (January 2015).

The way in which pupils may be supported can vary depending on their needs, and how these needs can be met in school.     We use the SEND Structure below to help us identify the level of support to offer a child to ensure their needs are being met.    The ethos at the centre of the structure is key to all pupils, and is at the core of all of our teaching.

As illustrated in the diagram below, the levels of support are structured to offer support for a child in a range of different ways.  A child working in the 'On Alert' group may not be receiving any additional support, or may have access to some class based intervention/support work.   A pupil who is working in the 'On Alert' group is not considered to have a Special Educational Need, as they are accessing universal provision, rather than something which is different from or additional to this.  A pupil could be moved into the 'On Alert' group for a number of reasons, and could either be removed from this group if progress is made or their needs are met, or moved into the 'SEN Support' group if individual planning and provision is needed.    When a child is supported in the 'SEN Support' and 'Statement / EHCP' groups we develop plans for support, with relevant targets and provision.   These plans are developed using the Graduated Response for SEND, which is outlined in the diagram below.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Local Offer?

The LA Local Offer

  • The Children and Families Bill was enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
  • The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Further information on Devon’s Local Offer can be obtained at www.devon.gov.uk/send .

Request for non-internet based information should be made to 0845 1551015.

We work in full consultation with Devon’s Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy and practice, and the provision that the school is able to provide.

In you want to be involved in the school’s work in this area please feel free to contact our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Becki Turner, at sendco@bradworthy.devon.sch.uk .

The School SEN Information Report

If Your Child has Special Educational Needs / Disabilities (SEND) you will want to know what Bradworthy Primary Academy can offer. At Bradworthy Primary Academy, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child is different; this is certainly the case for children with SEND.

We have developed a distinct ethos which is embraced by our whole school community. It guides every aspect of our work and the way in which we try and help all children develop.
Our approach to SEND sits firmly within it’s context.

You can obtain a copy of our ethos from the home page of our web-site at www.bradworthyacademy.co.uk .

We welcome and encourage the participation of parents / carers as partners in all aspects of our work, and this is especially the case where SEND is concerned.

This report is organised into thirteen different areas which are summarised below as questions:

  1. Who can I talk to in school about my child’s needs ?
  2. What support is available for children with SEND in our school ?
  3. How will the school let me know if my child requires additional support ?
  4. How does the school allocate support and resources ?
  5. What support and services are available for children with SEND in our school ?
  6. How do we support the needs of our staff ?
  7. How do we make our teaching, and school environment, accessible for pupils with SEND ?
  8. How will the school measure the progress of pupils with SEND ?
  9. How are parents / carers of children with SEND supported in our school community ?
  10. How does the school support the emotional and social development of pupils with SEND ?
  11. How do we support children when they start our school, move between classes and transfer to other schools ?
  12. How do we involve pupils with SEND in planning and reviewing their provision ?
  13. How do we evaluate the effectiveness of our provision ?
  14. How does the school deal with complaints


Click here to download our SEND Information Report (September 2018)

Our SEND Policy has been reviewed following the changes to the SEN Funding Process and the Early Help System, and is awaiting ratification by our Governors.  It will be published after the next Governors Meeting (Autumn 2018).

If you would like to comment on, or contribute to, this statement please contact our SENCO, Becki Turner, at sendco@bradworthy.devon.sch.uk .

Extra Curricular Activities & Clubs



The school offers a great range of lunchtime and after school
activities and the children are encouraged to take a full part in them.


Click here to link to the timetable which is produced at the start of each term.

During the course of the year our activities include:

Health and Safety

The aim of our school is to create an atmosphere of carefulness both in and out of school, this is for all users of the school, children, school staff, parents and the community.

This carefulness includes:

• The ability of each individual to protect him/her self
• Concern and consideration for the safety of others
• Knowledge of what to do in certain situations
• Alertness and control
• Cultivation of good habits

For children, good safety habits are taught as part of the whole curriculum. This can be through topics, for instance, a safe place to play which could include Science, English or Technology, and the involvement of outside agencies such as the police, fire brigade, road safety officer etc.

It might also be through a health related topic such as smoking.

At Bradworthy School children are encouraged to develop healthy habits through good health and hygiene routines, for example regular exercise or care of themselves, personal hygiene etc. A positive policy for healthy eating is maintained at school.

Collective Worship


The Collective Worship Policy at Bradworthy School follows the guidance of:

• Circular 1/94 Religious Education and Collective Worship
• Devon Local Education Authority Guidelines on Collective Worship in Maintained Schools

"In the light of the Christian traditions of Great Britain, collective worship is to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character." (Education Reform Act 1988, Education Act 1993)

Bad Weather

In certain circumstances it may not be possible for the school to open or we may be forced to close early. Obviously the school will only close if there really is no alternative and as you can see we will attempt to stay open wherever possible - so we can have lots of fun !!!.

If the school is not able to open, for example as a result of heavy snowfall, there will be an announcement on local radio ( either Radio Devon or Heart FM ) so please tune in for information.

You can also check the school website or ring school on 01409 241365.