Parents of children with special needs are no different to any other parents in that you are looking for an environment where your child is most likely to thrive: where they will feel happy, safe and secure and benefit from the kind of teaching, support and pastoral care that enables them to reach their potential.
For some children it is clear which type of educational setting is likely to be the most suitable, but for others there will be a difficult choice to be made between mainstream and special school provision.
Ashton on Mersey School is a very inclusive school with a diverse population. Children with a wide range of special educational needs are successfully included in our mainstream setting, with varying degrees of support.
For children hoping to, or about to, join Ashton on Mersey School there will be a significant amount of liaison between our and your child’s current school to ensure that the transition is a smooth as possible.
All pupils with SEN are fully timetabled within the school timetable, including mixed ability tutor groups, ability sets and, in the later years, the option groups for the Key Stage 4 curriculum.
The school receives additional funding for pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. This is delegated to meet each child’s needs according to their Individual Education Plan, reviewed annually, which is produced in partnership with the local Authority.
We have outstanding links with the Authority and many other specialist support agencies. They complement our own experience and expertise in meeting the needs of all our children with special educational needs, including the assessment of any child whose needs may emerge during secondary education.
The school has excellent disability provision and has recent modifications undertaken to ensure that any pupil with a disability has full access to all facilities and the whole curriculum.