Pupil & Student Questions

How does the school know if I need extra help?

All pupils and students at St Dominic’s have a statement of SEN or an EHCP in which their needs are identified and objectives set; however, all new pupils and students are thoroughly assessed to ensure that each individual has a personalised ‘blended’ educational programme.

What should I do if I think I need extra help?

All adults at St Dominic’s are here to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every pupil and student. You would have a form tutor, subject teachers, therapist and a behaviour and inclusion support link worker who you can talk to.  All education and care staff have an open door policy and will be happy to address any concern you may have.   Mrs Drayton, the Principal, is always available to meet with you if you are very concerned.

How will my course work be organised to meet my individual needs?

Every pupil and student at St Dominic’s is unique; we celebrate difference and accept you as you are. We work with you to ensure that your work is tailored to meet your needs and ensure you make the best possible progress.

How will I be involved in planning for my needs and who will explain it and help me?

St Dominic’s recognises it is essential to consult with pupils and students and there are a number of ways in which you can contribute to planning, target setting, monitoring and evaluation, including: annual reviews, PLP targets, and sessions with your tutor, therapist, or behaviour and inclusion link worker.  You can also contribute to Student Voice and, if you are a boarder, you can contribute to Residential Area Meetings.

What should I do if I am worried about something?

If you are worried you can speak to any adult; we are all here to help and support you.  All members of staff are trained in safeguarding and will listen to you if you are worried.  We have a team of one Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and eight Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO) who are here to keep you safe.  If you wanted to speak to an adult outside of St Dominic’s we have an independent visitor who you can contact.

How will I know if I am doing as well as I should?

The school assesses progress on an ongoing basis and tracks progress half-termly.  Your expected rate of progress and learning journey will be discussed and planned with you and your family.

How can I get help if I am worried about things other than my course?

At St Dominic’s the well-being of our pupils, students and staff is paramount.  We have a Head of Transition and Wellbeing who works closely with all staff across the waking day.  We have a school nurse and many staff members are medication and first aid trained.  The Behaviour and Inclusion Support Leads are available to all pupils and students and attendance and behavioural difficulties are addressed through the Head of Inclusions, Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

Are there staff in college who have had special training to help young people who need extra help?

The majority of staff at St Dominic’s are experienced, knowledgeable and well qualified.  New members of staff are given a full and thorough induction programme and on-going Continuing Professional Development  to ensure that all your needs are met and you are able to live a fulfilling, independent life and take your rightful place in Society.

If I have difficulty in taking part in activities what different arrangements can be made?

At St Dominic’s there are a range of activities across the waking day for pupils and students to join in.  Your tutor, therapist or behaviour and inclusion leader will ensure that you have access to an activity/ies of your choice.  We are always prepared to listen to ideas for new activities; so we would welcome your ideas.

What help is there to help me get ready to start college?

Following your assessment, the admission process to the school will start in conjunction with your Local Authority.  The school will collate information about your needs, interests, levels and aspirations and be in close contact with you and your family to ensure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable on your first day.  Information is tailored to each individual pupil and student as everyone is different.

We have a Careers Education and Guidance Practitioner and a needs-led curriculum which focuses on this transition.  Pupils and students are encouraged and supported to take part in college taster days and to focus on the range of Sixth Form provision.

Who will tell me what I can do to help myself and be more independent?

At St Dominic’s we recognise the importance of independence and we have a needs and skills led curriculum to promote independence across the waking day.  You will also have a personalised programme that will focus on improving your independence; this will be discussed with you, your tutor, therapist and your family.

What help is there to help me prepare to move on to college or work?

St Dominic’s works in conjunction with you, your family and next placement to ensure a smooth, calm transition.  You will have access to a professional Careers and Educational Guidance Practitioner who will work with you and your family to find you an appropriate pathway.

 

The residential special school provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good. The actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people. Ofsted – March 2018

 

 

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