An inclusive academy
Our pupils come from a rich cultural and linguistic backgrounds and we work very hard to ensure that everyone has a sense of belonging to the Larkswood community and that everyone feels supported in recognising and working to eliminate any bias, prejudice and misconceptions about other people. We are very proud to have such a diverse intake of pupils. We learn so much from each other and it makes the school the vibrant, exciting place that it is. At Larkswood we see children first and foremost as individuals who have the potential and the right to succeed at school and we maintain high expectations for all our pupils. As an inclusive community we are committed to:
- Challenging discrimination and harassment whenever they occur.
- Promoting equality of access and opportunity within our school and the wider community.
- Recognising that diversity enriches us all and promoting positive attitudes to difference between people of different backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation, ethnic origins, cultures, faiths and capabilities.
- Rigorously analysing our work to ensure no groups of pupils underperform.
Special educational needs and disability
Some of our children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. We ensure that those pupils are given the right care and support, focused on their specific needs. Additional support can be either in the classroom, working individually, or in groups outside the classroom. It may be temporary or long term. We work closely with children and their families as well as with other professionals such as therapists and health visitors to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs thrive and succeed at school. If you feel that your child may have a Special Educational Need please contact our SENDCO.
We would like to signpost you towards this document published by the Department for Education entitled ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability – A guide for parents and carers’. This is a guide for the parents and carers of children from 0-25 with a special educational need or disability wishing to learn more about the changes that have been made to the system for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Gifted and talented
For those children who are identified as being gifted and talented we provide more challenging lessons and other opportunities. Gifted and talented pupils are identified based on test results, work quality and teachers’ and parents’ views.
New to English
Children who come to school with very little English receive a structured programme of support which usually includes some short 1:1 withdrawal sessions to accelerate some essential basic language learning and small group work to develop confidence in speaking.