Admissions to Springwell Community College into year 7 are managed by Derbyshire County Council. To apply for a place at Springwell or for more information on Derbyshire County Council’s school admissions procedures – click here.
The deadline for an on-time application for entry into year 7 in September 2022 is 31st October 2021.
With effect from 1st November 2021, applications for in-year places should be made directly to Springwell Community College, click here to complete the application form.
When an application for a place at this school is unsuccessful, families are able to appeal the decision by completing this Admissions Appeals Form, click here.
Secondary application and appeals timetable 2021-22
|National Closing date for on-time applications||31 October 2021|
|National Offer date for all Secondary Schools||1 March 2022|
|Closing Date for on-time appeals||1 April 2022|
On-time appeals will be heard by
Late appeals will be heard at the same time as online appeals wherever possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
|Monday 20 June 2022|
|Last Date to submit any additional information in support of your appeal||The independent clerk will notify you of this date, which is usually 5 days before the date of your appeal hearing|
|Decisions will be communicated in writing from the independent clerk, within 5 working days of the date of your appeal|
|In-year appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.|
There are two parts to our Admissions Policy. The Two Counties Trust Admissions Policy Part 1 can be found below:
Part 2 of our Admissions Policy can be found below:
This document contains information about the provision offered for students with Special Educational Needs (SEND) at Springwell Community College. It should be read in conjunction with the SEND mission statement and policy, the Inclusion policy and the Accessibility plan and forms part of the Derbyshire Local Offer for secondary schools.
If you have any questions about provision made for students with Special Educational Needs at Springwell Community College, please contact any of the people below:
The report is broken down into the following sections:
- What is SEND?
- What kinds of SEND do we currently support?
- How do we support students with SEND?
- How do we identify SEND?
- How do we assess SEND?
- Which other agencies do we work with?
- What other opportunities for learning do we offer?
- Admission arrangements for students with SEND
- Students with medical needs
- Access arrangements
- Exam access arrangements
- SEND funding
- How can you contribute and have your say?
- Useful links
What is SEND?
A young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means they need special educational provision made for them.
A learning difficulty means that they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
A disability is a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
A young person with a disability only has SEND if they need additional support to use the facilities generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school.
What kinds of SEND do we currently support?
The Code of Practice, June 2014, identifies four areas of SEND, all of which are provided for at Springwell. These areas are:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and/or physical needs
There are a number of students with specific types of SEND currently supported at Springwell which include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
- Physical difficulties such as cerebral palsy, neurofibromatosis and dyspraxia
- Specific learning difficulties – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia
- Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
- Hearing Impairment
- Emotional and social development
- Speech Language and Communication difficulties
Special educational needs and disabilities summary for November 2020.
|SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEED AND DISABILITY||NUMBER OF STUDENTS||% OF STUDENTS IN COLLEGE|
|Number of students with a statement of SEN or an educational health care plan||26||2.96|
|Number of students on SEND support||183||20.84|
|Autism spectrum disorder||36||4.1|
|Speech, language or communication need||2||0.2|
|Moderate learning difficulty||88||10.02|
|Social, emotional and mental health||128||14.5|
|Specific learning difficulty||2||0.2|
|Severe learning difficulty||2||0.2|
How do we support students with SEND?
Springwell Community College has an inclusive approach to education and it is the responsibility of every member of staff to provide all students with a suitably differentiated curriculum, in order to meet their learning needs, and to provide pastoral support and care for all students, including those with additional needs. We aim to support, challenge and empower all students to achieve to the best of their ability.
Specific interventions can also be put in place to meet individual needs. These include:
- Additional small group English follow the Read, Write, Inc Fresh Start Programme
- 1-1 intervention work
- Reading programmes such as Accelerated reading and Toe by Toe
- Handwriting, spelling and memory programmes
- Learning Mentors
- Teaching Assistant support
- Positive Support
All interventions are tailored to meet individual needs and support provided is not ‘one size fits all’.
How do we identify students with SEND?
Identification of needs for all students begins whilst they are still at primary school. We work closely with our partner primary schools to obtain quality information about all students who are transferring to Springwell. See transition section below.
All students are carefully monitored by their teachers to ensure that they make good progress and those who are identified at risk of having SEND, based on the definition given in the Code of Practice, are referred to the SENDCO for advice and support.
If a student is identified as having SEND, we will make provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated provision. This provision may well include some of the provisions listed in the section above. Also see the support section above.
How do we assess SEND?
Class teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the student themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Springwell Community College we do our utmost to ensure that any assessment of special needs involves the student, their parent/carer and their teachers. The SENDCO will also support with the identification of barriers to learning and has a range of assessment tools available.
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. We have access to various specialist services including those provided to all schools by Derbyshire County Council which are described on the Local Offer, as well as support from The Two Counties Trust, of which we have recently become a part.
Which other agencies do we work with?
Educational Psychologist – only ‘core’ work will not be charged to the college. This is work with children and young people:
- Who have a Statement or an Education Health Care Plan or where the Local Authority needs to make the decision to assess
- Where the student’s needs are highly complex and persistent, they have received a graduated response and where they are likely to progress through statutory assessment
- Some students prioritised by the Local Authority e.g. where they have complex needs and are in care and/or facing exclusion
Such cases will be considered against their threshold for involvement and discussed in regular planning meetings between the SENDCO and the delegated Educational Psychologist.
All other work completed by the Education Psychologist will be charged to the college.
Additional services provided by the Local Authority include:
- Speech and Language therapy
- Hearing, Visual and Physical Impairment Advisory Services
- School Health
- Occupational Therapist
- Autism Outreach
Additional purchased services available at Springwell Community College (costs available on request) include:
- Specific 1-1 tuition
Additional in-house services at Springwell Community College include:
- Learning Mentor
- Behaviour Improvement Workers
- Positive Support
- Intervention English / Maths groups
- 1-1 interventions
- Autism and Dyslexia interventions
- Accelerated Reading Programme
- Forest Schools
- Allotment project
We have a range of teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff working at Springwell Community College. Every member of staff is trained in all aspects of safeguarding. In addition teachers and TAs have taken part in training relating to some or all of the following: autism; dyslexia; ADHD; attachment disorder; working with hearing, visual or physically impaired students; social and comic strip stories; Oppositional Defiance Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Global Development Delay; Development Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia); Neurofibromatosis; Promoting Independence and Exam Access Arrangements.
We currently employ 26 Teaching Assistants and also have 2 Learning Mentors.
How do we evaluate whether support is effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership at Springwell Community College. Students, staff and parents/carers are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for students with SEND.
At the start of any intervention, it is agreed what is expected to be different as a result of the provision. A baseline is recorded and this is used to compare the impact both during and at the end of the agreed provision.
How will parents/carers know how their child is doing?
There are four data reporting points per year that indicate a student’s progress towards their target grades. Students will receive these progress statements and one full academic report throughout the year. Student progress is monitored by the student progress leaders, the assistant headteacher – curriculum and the SENDCO. All students will also have a form tutor meeting and a parents evening each year.
In addition, students with an EHCP or statement of SEN will also have a statutory annual review that is shared with the local authority and other relevant agencies.
Parents/carers may find the student planner to be a useful tool to communicate with the college staff on a more regular basis. They are also actively encouraged to arrange an appointment with their child’s subject teachers, form tutor, student progress leader, the SENDCO or any member of the senior leadership team to discuss progress or share any concerns or information that could impact on their child’s success.
What other opportunities for learning do we offer?
All students have the same opportunity to access all extracurricular activities at Springwell Community College and a range of additional clubs and activities are offered.
We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all. Please contact the SENDCO for further information.
Admission Arrangements for Students with SEND
All students in Y6 are admitted according to the Local Authority systems in place for transition at the end of KS2 with additional visits arranged as needed for students with SEND. This is outlined in more detail the Transition section.
For in-year admissions, students who have an Education Health care Plan (EHCP) are admitted through the Local Authority system for admission to a school. This is done through a formal written request to the LA for a change in named placement in the EHCP. The LA will then consult with Springwell about whether the placement is appropriate and once the named school is changed, an admission meeting with the Student Progress leader and SENCO is organised and an individual induction package arranged to support the transition to Springwell. This induction package is specifically tailored to a student’s individual needs.
Students who have SEND but do not have either a statement or EHCP are admitted through the normal application process for in year admission. Discussion will take place with parents and the previous school about specific needs and support previously in place. A package of support will then be tailored to the student’s needs.
The Equality Act 2010 places specific duties on schools and other educational settings and providers. This includes the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protective characteristic, as defined in the Act, and to make reasonable adjustments.
The Equality Act definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day duties.”
This definition includes children with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer. Children and young people with these conditions do not necessarily have SEND, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEND and disability legislation.
At Springwell we take transition to the different stages of education very seriously. We have clear processes in place for transition to Springwell in Y7, for transition from KS3 to KS4 and for the move to post-16 providers in Y11.
The Y6-7 transition process includes:
- Transition visits in May each year by the SENDCO and the Student Progress Leader (SPL) for the new Y7 to all partner primary schools to meet the class teachers and talk about all Y6 students transferring in September. During this meeting additional work is also done with all the students about what life is like at Springwell in order to answer their questions and allay any fears.
Specific attention is given to those students with SEND or receiving any additional support, so that appropriate information can be shared with Teachers and Teaching Assistants before the start of the academic year.
- The SENDCO attends Y5 and Y6 statement / Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) review meetings.
- Individualised integration programmes are arranged for individual and small groups of students. These can include additional visits with primary staff in support, additional transition visits to boost confidence and self-esteem, preparation of individual student-centred resources to support memory and relieve anxiety over the summer break, additional visits by parents which include meetings with the SENDCO, multi-agency meetings if appropriate and regular liaison with external agencies.
- Once on roll at Springwell, all students are given a reading test to identify a baseline. This information, together with the KS2 fine points scores are used to identify those students who need additional literacy support. These students are placed in an additional small group for their English lessons and follow the Read, Write Inc Fresh Start Programme designed to boost reading and writing skills. All Y7 students take part in the Accelerated Reader programme as part of their normal English curriculum.
When students reach the end of Y8 they select their ‘Options taster courses’ for Y9 which then inform their GCSE options in Y10. Careful support is given to students with SEND to ensure that they choose options which will give them the best chance to achieve well and in which they are interested. For a small minority of the year group, alternative pathways can be arranged which include basic Literacy and Numeracy skills and the more vocational BTEC style courses.
In Y11, transition to post-16 provision is key for all students. Careful preparation is delivered to all students through PHSE lessons. Additional support is also given by the SENDCO and the Careers Advice Teacher. Every effort is made to ensure that an appropriate placement is found and relevant support needs are identified and conveyed to the provider prior to the start of the course. Placements for students with SEND can include Chesterfield College, mainstream and special school 6th forms, smaller training providers such as NLT, Age UK, YMCA; and supported apprenticeships.
Students with medical needs
Students with medical needs will have a detailed health care plan, compiled in partnership with the school nurse, external health professionals, parents and, if appropriate, the students themselves.
Staff who volunteer to administer and supervise medications, will complete formal training and be verified by the school nurse or relevant external health professionals as being competent.
Parents are requested to advise the school of any change to medical needs without delay to ensure staff are fully briefed and equipped to deal with any incident.
The college site is relatively new and is fully accessible by anyone with a physical disability. There is a lift in each building for access to upper floors and each building has designated disabled toilet facilities. All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access and all entrances are level with no steps into buildings. Buildings are colour-coded to facilitate ease of navigation by visually impaired students and adults.
All signage is currently in English but will be amended as needed should the need arise for signage in another language.
Individual arrangements are put in place as needed for identified SEND students and their parents/carers. This could include moving around at a slightly different time to avoid crowds, early access to the dining hall at break and lunch times, physiotherapy, additional, specialist equipment, additional access arrangements for exams and a fixed place for disabled parents on parents evening with staff joining them rather than them having to move around to find teachers. Additional arrangements would always be made in consultation with parents and external agencies as appropriate.
Click Here to view the College Accessibility Plan.
Exam access arrangements
The SENDCO will undertake a range of diagnostic assessments that include reading, spelling, writing speed, processing speed and comprehension tests to assess whether a student is entitled to support in line with JCQ guidance. Please note that we cannot accept privately commissioned reports as such reports do not provide a complete historical picture of need. This is compliant with current JCQ guidance. The SENDCO is fully trained and accredited in assessment and is recognised by both JCQ and the British Psychological Society.
Springwell Community College receives funding directly from the local authority to support the needs of learners with SEND. This forms part of our overall college budget.
How can you contribute and have your say?
We can shape and develop provision for all our students to ensure achievement for all. The SEND report outlines our offer to students with SEND, but to be effective it needs the views of all interested parties including parents/carers, students, governors and staff. Please contact any of the staff listed to discuss provision or convey your views.
We continually strive to do our best for all our students. Should you have any concerns or complaints regarding SEND provision, please speak to the SENDCO, Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher in the first instance. Should you feel that your concerns have not been recognised or resolved, contact can be made with the Governing Body of the college (see the complaints section on the college websire), or with the Local Authority through the SEND Locality Team, who can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01629 537698. Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service for SEND will also offer impartial support to parents to help resolve these difficulties. Telephone 01629 533668 or email: email@example.com
Please see our SEND policy, Anti-bullying policy and Accessibility plan in the policies area of the website.
- Support service for children who are deaf and hearing impaired
- Support service for visual impairment
- Support service for children with physical impairment
- SEND Locality Teams (Peter Webster Centre, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8QE, Telephone: 01629 537698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Derbyshire information Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership), Telephone: 01629 533668 or email: email@example.com
Other related information
Please note that these associations are not specifically recommended or endorsed by Springwell Community College
- The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) – http://www.addiss.co.uk/
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) – http://www.chadd.org/
Autism Spectrum Disorders:
- National Autistic Society – http://www.autism.org.uk/
- Derbyshire Autism Services Group – http://www.autismsupport.co.uk/
- Autism Education Trust – http://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/
- Parent Information Session Flyer
- Parent Information Session Leaflet
- Down’s Syndrome Association – http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/?gclid=CK3Kw-3SgsUCFYHJtAodehQAbg
- Down Syndrome Education International – http://www.dseinternational.org/en-gb/
Dyslexia / Dyscalculia:
- British Dyslexia Association (Tel 0333 405 4567) – http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
- Dyslexia Action (Tel 0114 2815905) – http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/
- Dyscalculia.org – http://www.dyscalculia.org/
- Dyspraxia Foundation (Tel 01462 454986) – https://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/
- DORE – http://www.dore.co.uk/learning-difficulties/dyspraxia/
- Dyspraxia UK – http://www.dyspraxiauk.com/
Springwell Community College takes an active role in hosting the Staveley Brimington Learning Community (SBLC) where Headteachers of local primary and secondary schools work collegiately to improve the educational provision for young people in the community. Initiatives undertaken by SBLC include ‘One World One Challenge’, and the ‘Take One Picture’, Springwell’s Primary Music Festival, inter-school sporting fixtures and the sharing of good teaching and learning practices all go towards consistent approaches both within and outside the classroom for our children as they move from Nursery through to Secondary education.
Due to these close links many local school children have visited Springwell during their early junior school years. Taking part in such activities marks the beginning of a smooth and nurturing transition programme.
Throughout the year Springwell also holds community events which allows younger children to visit in a social capacity which helps them to familiarise themselves with the surrounding so when they take part in formal visits from their own schools they are less daunted by the experience.
In the summer term all Year 5 students of local feeder primary schools are invited to Springwell to allow them to experience secondary school. They are initially welcomed to the college by the Headteacher, given a guided tour of the Ccollege site and all its facilities whilst Springwell students are learning, allowing them to see Springwell in action! They are then invited to take part in a Year 7 type lesson in order to reassure them of the secondary curriculum. These visits are recognised to ease the minds of Year 5 students about the pending secondary school move and initiate in them a ‘secondary ready’ mind set and answer burning questions they have about transition.
All Year 5 and 6 students in the local area are invited to attend Springwell’s annual Open Evening which showcases the college’s outstanding facilities and allows both students and parents/carers to ask questions of current students, staff and the senior leadership team.
Once secondary school places have been allocated by the local authority the Year 6 to Year 7 transition begins. Year 6 children bound for Springwell are welcomed personally in a letter at the beginning of Term 5. The Deputy Headteacher, Student Progress Leader for Year 7 and the SENCO all visit every primary school in which a child is destined for Springwell. The staff speak to the class teacher to gain an in-depth knowledge of the child so as to aid the transition process. The students themselves meet with their prospective teachers and are able to discuss any worries or concerns they have about moving to secondary school. Usually, these discussion with the Year 6 student take place in a classroom setting with their peers so they are able to fully articulate their worries and concerns and we are then able to answer some of their queries and hopefully put their minds at ease!
Springwell holds two consecutive transition days in July. On these two days prospective students attend Springwell in the same way any current student would. They will meet their Student Progress Leader, tutor and some class teachers and experience two ‘days in the life’ of a Springwell student. Emphasis is placed on pastoral care, anti-bullying workshops and familiarising themselves with the College site. The majority of students do not wish to leave once these two days are over!
An additional transition visit is reserved for the parents/carers of Year 6 children who are welcomed to the college during an evening in which they are able to purchase uniform and meet the team charged with ensuring their son/daughter is safe, happy and achieving whilst at Springwell. This evening is exceptionally well attended and is reported to reassure parents and carers in the lead up to their son or daughter’s transition to secondary education.
Students joining Springwell once the academic year is under way are welcomed into the Springwell family. An initial visit is undertaken by the relevant Student Progress Leader and information from the previous school is gathered. In-year admission students are aided in their transition by spending a period of time in our Learning Support Centre and by being allocated tutor group ‘buddies’ who help them to settle quickly into college life.
Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4
GCSE courses at Springwell begin in Year 10. During Year 9 students, parents and carers are provided with information, advice and guidance in order to ensure they choose the best GCSE pathways. The transition to GCSE course is generally very smooth with all faculties building challenge throughout Key Stage 3. The biggest transition to Key Stage 4 comes in the form of independent learning. Students are supported in this transition with the help of their subject teachers, tutors and dedicated homework provisions.
Year 11 and Beyond
Similarly to Key Stage 4, students are thoroughly prepared for the end of their education at Springwell. Our impartial Information, Advice and Guidance curriculum allows students to make the best Post-16 choices for them. Students attend a Post-16 event at the college that sees a variety of Post-16 providers showcasing their available courses and requirements. Students are also encouraged to attend relevant open days and evenings that they feel will be of benefit to them as individuals. An impartial careers adviser is available for all students throughout their time at Springwell.
Students are encouraged to keep in touch with the college so that we can help celebrate their future achievements.
Paper copies of college policies are available upon request. Please contact Miss S Maggs, Headteacher’s PA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please click here to view The Two Counties Trust Policies.