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SEND Inclusion Award

We are delighted to announce that Almondbury Community School have been awarded the Special Educational Needs and Disability Award (or SENDIA for short).

“This is an innovative school, which knows and understands its community well and which  works hard to provide appropriate teaching and learning”  SENDIA 2018                                                       


The award provides a framework for recognising outstanding SEND provision in schools. It helps schools establish their strengths and weaknesses in terms of SEND provision and prioritise areas for further improvement and development. The award is the result of a year-long process that culminated in a verification visit to the school on 19th November led by Mrs Eileen Stubbs from the Optimus Education Award Place organisation.

Mrs Stubbs congratulated the school in providing “a very comprehensive and well organised portfolio and presentation, which along with the tour of the school and discussion groups on the verification visit fulfilled the evidence criteria.”

In the final verification report Mrs Stubbs noted “There was strong evidence of the school’s commitment to achieving the SENDIA, as evidenced by the School Improvement Plan, CPD schedules and presentations and minutes of House and Hub meetings.” 

The report notes that “the award process was led effectively by the highly committed and enthusiastic SENCo and a significant amount of documentation demonstrated the high standard of record keeping”

During the verification visit Mrs Stubbs met with various discussion groups including pupils, parents and staff. She also enjoyed a tour of the whole school noting that it “provided a wide range of information and evidence from different perspectives, all of which was very positive and outlined the confidence that parents and staff have in the SENCO, SEND and Pastoral teams and the school.

A huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Quarmby (pictured) the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Mrs Edge and Mrs McCauley for all their hard work.