SEND Information Report

What do we mean by Hope Wood SEND Information Report?

Everything we provide for your son/daughter.

How can my child attend Hope Wood Academy?

A proposed EHCP is produced before a final EHCP which provides details about your son/daughter, their needs and support required.

Final Education Health Care Plan naming Hope Wood Academy as your child’s educational placement

Assessment placement arranged through the Local Authority

Intervention placement arranged through the Local Authority

How will my child be supported and prepared before/after attending/leaving Hope Wood Academy?

Transition programme with dedicated in school transition staff.
Settings sharing information to ensure individual needs are met.
Health/Social Care/Post 19 provision.
Links to colleges through visits.
Transition Nursing Team/Learning Disability Nurse may also support identified individuals.
Home visits where appropriate.
Transition leads visiting the previous provision.
Independent travel team.
Durham Works support.
Curriculum with appropriate progression pathways.

How will my child be transported to Hope Wood Academy?

Education transport dependent on the distance from your home to school.
The local Authority SEN department will contact the Local Authority transport department and organise it.
Local Authority transport staff (taxi driver and passenger assistant where possible) introduce themselves to you and your son/daughter.
Date and time arranged and any medical information shared.

If Local Authority transport not available due to distance from the academy parents arrange their own transport.
Independent traveller/student will use public transport.
The academy offers a Programme for Independent Travel Training to assist learners in becoming independent travellers.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

  • The curriculum is responsive to the young person’s aspirations and needs as set out in the EHCP
  • Appropriate allocation of time to ensure that young people have the essential skills needed for life and to access learning.
  • The curriculum is personalised and is designed around each young person’s starting points, aptitudes and interests.
  • Personal, Social, Health Education is central to our curriculum and includes all aspects of SMSC and RSE. It is enhanced by our Independence curriculum that prepares our young people for adulthood.
  • Therapeutic and medical needs, and our pastoral or hidden curriculum are key to enabling access to academic learning (supported as appropriate by our multidisciplinary teams, teaching and support teams)

How will I know my child is making progress at Hope Wood Academy?

EHC planning meetings/Annual review meetings and annual reports to parents.
Progress made in accredited qualifications.
Parent network events and coffee mornings.
Accreditation outcomes.
Data reported annually.
Individual Education Plans.
Shared learning mornings.
Celebration of learning afternoons.

Online engagement
Class Dojo.
Our School App.

What specialist resources, services and expertise are available at or accessed by Hope Wood Academy?

Speech and Language Therapist.
Speech and language assistant.
Occupational Therapist.
Educational Psychologist
Behaviour support.
Hearing impairment team.
CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services).
Educational Psychologist.
Medical Team (e.g. school nurse).
Leisure and college facilities.
Durham Works.
Social Care.

How are the Academy’s resources allocated and matched to my child’s needs?

Individualised programme (referrals and professionals) to enable them to access the curriculum.
Staff: pupil ratio
Pupil premium funding.
Year 7 Catch up grant.
Post 16 bursary funding.
Other EHCP needs assessed funding.
Primary PE Grant.
COVID catch up funding.

What specialist teaching qualifications do staff have who support my child at Hope Wood Academy?

Qualified Teacher Status.
Emotion Coaching.
Forest School Practitioner.
Staff trained to Masters Level in teaching and learning.
Assertive Discipline.
BSL, Makaton and Sign Supported English.
TEACCH training.
Autism qualifications.
Medical training.
Moving and handling training (eg. Hoist use).
Rebound therapy (trampoline).
PECS and communication training.
First aid training.
Coaching and leadership training.
Mental Health training.
Safeguarding Training.
Team Teach/Advanced team Teach.
National Professional Qualifications for school leaders.

What activities could my child be included in within and outside the day/extra-curricular activities?

Curricular visits.
Independent travel training.
Community Citizens.
Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Lunchtime clubs.
After school club.
Forest schools.
Horse riding.

How can I as a parent be involved at Hope Wood Academy?

Invited to assemblies/celebrations of learning.
Coffee mornings/Parent voice.
Attending annual review meetings/MDT meetings.
Parent afternoons/evening.
Parent-Teacher Association.
Surveys and questionnaires.
Parent courses and workshops.
Parent newsletters.
Our School App.

How can I support my child’s needs?

Writing in the home school diary about news and activities at home.
Engaging in online communication tools (Class Dojo, Tapestry, e-mail).
Providing the school with information re. appointments or medical updates.
Attending medical appointments, parent afternoon/evenings and meetings with school staff.
Attending parent courses/workshops.
Use curriculum advice and activity ideas from the tutor.
Helping with reading at home.
Telling us when things are going well or when there is an issue that needs resolving.

What support will there be at Hope Wood Academy for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Curriculum and targets that meet the child’s behaviour and self-help needs.
Mental Health support.
Sensory regulation support.
Physical education sessions.
Safeguarding policy and practice.
Positive school ethos.
Emotion Coaching.
School nurse.
Trained staff.
First aiders.
Student voice.
Independent travel training.
Personal Social Health Education.
Rights Respecting Schools Award sessions.
EHCP sessions.
Multi-Disciplinary Team support.

Who can I contact for further information?

Trust CEO – Carolyn Morgan
Head of Academy – Adele Pearson
Deputy Head Teacher – Vickie Gorton
Family Liaison and Attendance Worker
Form Tutor
Pastoral Teams

Who can I contact if I have a complaint?

Initial contact can be made with the school by contacting the above.

Alternatively, Hope Wood Academy, part of Ascent Academies Trust has an Ascent Academies Complaints Policy.

This policy can be found in its entirety on the Trust website through This link

County Durham Local Offer

Click on the link below for the County Durham Local Offer

County Durham Local Offer

How does the academy meet the needs of Looked After Children?

Looked After Children are placed in the academy by the local authority and needs are identified through the EHCP process. A PEP meeting is held shortly after entry into the academy and is reviewed on a regular basis.

The PEP (Personal Education Plan) is a record of what needs to happen for looked after children to enable them to fulfil their potential and reflects any existing education plans, such as the EHCP. The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning which secures good basic skills, stretches aspirations and builds life chances.

Beth Chadwick is the designated teacher for Looked After Children in the academy and works closely with colleagues from social care and also from County Durham SEND and Inclusion team to ensure all needs are fully met.

Click on the link below for the County Durham SEND and Inclusion Team.

County Durham LACES Team