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West Derby School

West Derby School,  an 11-18 Academy serving boys only in Key Stages 3 and 4, and welcoming girls into the Sixth Form.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Vivien McGarry
Contact Position
Executive Assistant
0151 235 1300

Where to go

West Derby School
West Derby Road
L13 7HQ

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

 How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

You can meet the Head of Inclusion, Mrs Hennessey, or the SENCO, Mrs Howe, by arranging an appointment, prior to your son's admission to the school and at any time during the academic year. You will be invited to all Parents' Evenings each year, where progress and targets for improvement will be discussed.

 How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

After analysing information from your child's primary school and assessment data in Year 7, Learning Support Assistants, Pastoral Staff and subject teachers will be made aware of your child's learning and/or behavioural needs. Targets will be set for pupils which are monitored and reviewed, to ensure you and your son are kept up to date with progress made. In July, prior to your son starting in September, parents/carers are invited to a meeting. Information about how the school supports all pupils to reach their full potential is shared at this meeting. Parents are invited to meet SEN staff at or after this meeting to discuss any issues related to learning support, to ensure that appropriate support is in place for the new academic year.

 How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?

At West Derby, we understand that children have different learning styles and learn at their own pace. To ensure that all pupils reach their full potential we place them in sets across the curriculum, according to need and ability. Small groups/sets are provided for our pupils who need this and lessons are appropriately differentiated. The pace and challenge in all lessons, and in all sets, supports every pupil to achieve good outcomes and realise their potential. Learning Support Assistants and sixth form volunteers may also support their learning in lessons.

 How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Parents and carers are provided with regular updates on their child's progress via reports, Parents' Evenings and reviews.  Analysis of progress data takes place throughout the year and intervention strategies are put in place where progress is less than good.

Teachers and support staff will provide additional support as required to help remove any barriers to learning. We also access other external specialist services when appropriate.

The school has a programme of support, from the day to day help given by the Pupil Progress Leader attached to each year group, by the Pupil Progress Leader's Assistants and by Form Tutors, to sessions devoted to supporting students with specific needs.

 What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

We have a Pupil Support Centre which aims to provide a supportive environment for students who may need it for a variety of reasons. The school's Pastoral Team is led by the Headteacher and Assistant Headteachers, the Inclusion Manager, SENCO and Pupil Progress Leaders (PPLs) . In each year group, there is a Pupil Progress Leader and Form Tutors. Year groups also have an Assistant Pupil Progress Leader. The Form Tutor will be the first point of call if you have a concern, as your child will be registered by them every morning. There are also opportunities for pupils to share their views and opinions with members of the School Council and via the Student Voice surveys. Break and Lunch time clubs operate for vulnerable pupils and pupils struggling with friendship groups.

 What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college

All staff support pupils with special educational needs through quality first teaching.  Staff are trained to meet a wide range of SEN and whole school training takes place annually to support staff accordingly.

Like all schools, we also accesses specialist services when appropriate, including: Educational Psychology Service, Sensory Service, outreach from special schools, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS), Education Welfare and Connexions.




 What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

The school ensures that staff are trained appropriately to support pupils who have a wide range of special educational needs.  This includes training in ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, Behaviour Management, Medical Conditions and the 2015 SEND Code of Practice. All staff receive regular safeguarding training.  All staff support pupils with special educational needs through quality first teaching. 


 How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Full participation in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities is expected for all pupils where possible. A risk assessment is carried out for all activities to ensure all aspects of health and safety are covered before a planned activity. There are a number of lunchtime and after school clubs and activities to which all students are invited.






 How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment

The curriculum is personalised and modified as necessary according to student need.  LSAs are assigned to high needs students as required. 

The school is wheelchair accessible and has lifts and ramps.  There are disabled toilets.








 How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life

Staff organise visits with junior schools during the final term in primary school. Parents attend a ‘New Intake’ meeting in July. We also offer Transition Days which enable pupils to enjoy taster classes and activities. The first day of term in September is for the new Year 7 students only, to help them settle in. We have a large group of peer mentors (older students who support the new Year 7 boys). Mrs Howe attends a Transition Forum in June, where Year 6 teachers discuss pupils who are vulnerable and/or have SEND. Extra support will be put in place and, where appropriate, information shared with your child's teachers prior to the taster day. For pupils moving to college, sixth form or work based learning, transition plans begin in Year 9 so that the new provision is fully aware of a pupil's support needs when they eventually transfer. Connexions (The Careers Service) are also involved at this stage with Careers Days organised as early as Year 7.





 How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Decisions on how to allocate resources are made according to the needs of pupils.  The SEND team deploys staff to ensure that pupils benefit from specific interventions where appropriate.  Resourcing decisions are made in conjunction with school governors at headteacher level, as part of overall budget planning.

Information from junior schools, from parents and from the results of tests e.g. KS2 SATS and from tests completed on arrival, are used when making decisions about support. The progress of all pupils is tracked closely with targets. Progress is closely monitored and reviewed throughout the year using the "Assess, Plan, Do and Review" model.


 Who can I contact for further information?

Parents are encouraged to contact school and / or visit the school website for further information: www.westderbyschool.co.uk or telephone 0151 235 1300. The Local Offer can be found on Liverpool City Council’s website at: www.liverpool.gov.uk as part of the Family Services Directory.

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Address: 364  West Derby Road  Liverpool