Part of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust group of Academies


Special Educational Needs

SEN Information Report

What types of Special Educational Needs can you provide provision for?

We have provision for a wide range of educational and health needs, covering the four areas of SEN:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and physical needs

What steps will the school take to identify any special needs my child may have?

The Skegness Academy monitors and assesses its pupils on a regular basis.  We use the following methods of assessing any potential special educational needs:

  • Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) on entry to the Academy
  • Staff Concerns / Referrals
  • Regular baseline tests for pupils in Key Stage 3 (reading and spelling tests)
  • Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Screening where necessary
  • Specialist Teacher Assessments where necessary
  • Educational Psychologist Assessments
  • Special Needs Assessment Profile – SPLD and Behaviour
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
  • Overlay Assessments
  • Detailed Reading Comprehension Assessment (NGRT)

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

If you feel you your child has a need that isn’t currently being addressed by the Academy, please contact our SENCo, Mrs L Coates-Metheringham on 01754 879122 or email  to discuss the next steps.

How will the Academy respond to my concern?

In the first instance we will invite you in to discuss your concerns fully.  This meeting will usually take place within one school week of you raising your initial concern with Mrs Coates-Metheringham.

How will the Academy decide if my child needs extra support?

This will depend on the nature of the concerns raised.  We will discuss this process with you during our initial meeting.

What will the Academy do to support my child?

We support all of the pupils on the SEN register using provisions from our Provision Map.  We will monitor and update the plan for your child using the assess > plan > do > review cycle.

Who will support my child and what training and experience do they have?

The Skegness Academy has a large additional needs team consisting of Teaching Staff, Learning Mentors and Learning Assistants.

The day-to-day management of the team is handled by our SENCo, Mrs Coates-Metheringham. Our SEN team have expertise and training in the following areas:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Emotional and Behavioural Needs
  • Holistic Counselling
  • Supporting Pupils with Hearing Impairments
  • Moving and Handling
  • Personal Care
  • Physiotherapy

We also work closely with the following agencies:

  • Lincolnshire County Council: Specialist Teaching Teams (including specialist teachers of both visually and hearing impaired children)
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Educational Psychology Service
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Working Together Team
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Pathways Team
  • Lighthouse Counselling Service
  • NHS: School Nurse Team
  • NHS: Specialist Diabetic Nursing Team
  • The Acorn Free School Emotional and Behavioural Outreach Support

What support is there for my child’s emotional and social well-being?

The Skegness Academy has a very strong pastoral support system in place.  Each pupil has access to the following:

  • Form Tutor
  • Deputy Head of Year
  • Head of Year
  • Dedicated Senior Leader for Year Group
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Academy Nurse
  • Duty Staff

Our Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Bullying Policies are available from our website or Main Reception.

How will my child be involved in the process and able to contribute their views?

Pupils will be involved in this process at all stages.  We will produce a one page profile with the pupil that will explain their needs and the best ways to support them.

What opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child’s attainment and achievement?  How will I know how well my child is progressing?

The Skegness Academy holds a formal parents' evening for each year group at least once a year and all parents are invited to attend.  In addition to this we welcome parents to make contact with us to arrange an appointment if you have any concerns.

How does the Academy know how well my child is doing?

During Key Stage 3, all pupils have their reading and spelling ages assessed to identify anyone that may need intervention.  In addition to this teaching, staff mark and assess pupils' work on a regular basis and supply this information into our tracking system.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

The Academy's Educational Visits Co-ordinator meets with the SENCo in the early planning stages of any trip to discuss possible difficulties for pupils. We ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made, including additional staffing or alternative travel arrangements, to allow all pupils to participate as fully as possible in the activities; any potential barriers are discussed with parents.

How accessible is the Academy environment?   How accessible is the curriculum?

The new Skegness Academy buildings were formally opened in 2013 and are fully accessible.  Our facilities include ramp or lift access to all rooms and outside areas. 

Please click here for the Accessibility Plan for Skegness Academy.

We use a number of aids to allow pupils to access our curriculum.  This is looked at on an individual basis but can include:

  • Tinted Overlays
  • Reading Pens
  • Ergonomic Left or Right Handed Pens
  • Laptops
  • Specialist Software (e.g. Dragon Naturally Speaking, Inspiration, Virtual Reading Ruler)
  • Dictaphone
  • Tinted Exercise Books
  • Tinted Worksheets

How will the Academy prepare and support my child to join the Academy?

In the first instance, the Skegness Academy will work with the pupil, their family and the Local Authority to establish if we can meet their needs.

If we are able to meet their individual needs at the Academy, we work with the pupil, their family and current school to make the transition process as smooth as possible.  This may include:

  • Pre-transition visits
  • Meetings with current school and specific support staff
  • Dual Registration
  • Pupil Mentoring / Buddying

How can I be involved in supporting my child?

We encourage parents to support their children at home, with their school work and in some cases we can provide intervention work to be completed at home with parental support.

How will you support my child in preparing to move on when they leave?

All pupils at the Skegness Academy will have access to specialist careers advice from our Director of Careers, Mrs Draper.  We also work closely with advisors from Lincolnshire County Council and will also refer your child to speak to an independent careers advisor if necessary.

Where can I access support for myself and my family?

The Lincolnshire Family Services Directory is a central database of agencies in Lincolnshire that may be able to provide help to you and your family.  Click on the link for further information -

Who can I contact for further information?

For further information contact our SENCo, Mrs Coates-Metheringham on 01754 879122 or email

This SEN information report will be reviewed 14.07.17