7. What specialist resources, services and expertise are available at or accessed by Sunningdale School?
- Children have access to health professionals including Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist who all work part time at Sunningdale School. Professionals work with the class teacher to set targets for your child (if required). The targets will be part of the child’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and classroom staff will work with your child on their specific targets throughout the school week. The class teacher feeds back the progress to professionals. The length of interventions may vary according to the child’s needs. Professionals may also organise information sharing ‘surgeries’ for a teacher and parent to attend.
- The Visual Impairment Team and Hearing Impairment Team will work with those children who require this specialist service or the professionals may set targets and share with the class teacher. The targets will be part of the child’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and classroom staff will work with your child on their specific targets throughout the school week. The class teacher feeds back the progress to professionals.
- The Headteacher or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) may contact other services for additional expertise and advice (with parents’ permission) such as Autism Outreach Service, Children and Young People’s Service, Educational Psychologist, Children with Disability Team (social services).
- There are different specialists such as orthopaedics and LECKEY reps (chairs) who may come into school to provide additional services. These specialists will ensure children who require specialist equipment receive regular assessments and updated equipment as and when required.
- There are a number of Therapies available at Sunningdale School including rebound therapy (trampoline), light room therapy, sound therapy, hydrotherapy (pool), access to sensory integration and soft play. Access to therapies will be according to identified ‘need.’ An assessment may need to take place involving medical consultants and professionals.
- There is a school nurse on site throughout the school day. Some doctors hold their clinics in school rather than at the hospital. This occurs approximately one morning every two to three weeks. This limits waiting time as the child only needs to be taken out of the classroom when the doctor is ready.
- Children at Sunningdale School benefit from learning through outdoor experiences. The majority of children have access to half a day a week on the school bus. They access hands-on experience in the community linked to the class half termly theme and the learning areas identified within the child’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Children may access parks, shops, farms, woods, cultural venues.
- Children in KS2 who are confident swimmers and don’t require a hydrotherapy pool also have access to sessions at the local secondary school pool (Sandhill View).