Home to School Transport

Parents/Carers can apply to their Local Authority for Home to School Transport. Those that are eligible are provided with information about the transport arrangement by the Local Authority.  The school does not have any control over this arrangement including the pickup and drop off time. Concerns should be raised with the Local Authority.

The Transport providers used trained guides and drivers who are experience in working with the pupils in our school. All providers use staff who have enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificates.

If parents or carers are unable to be at home when their child is picked up each morning, or to receive him/her when he/she returns home at the end of the day, they must nominate a responsible adult to take their place. The name of this adult must be notified to Local Authority and School as having parental permission with at least one day’s notice where possible.

If parents or carers wish to request any change to the agreed arrangements for transport to and from school each day, we would ask them please to notify the school in writing, giving as much notice as possible.

Managing Behaviour

Autistic pupils can exhibit challenging behaviour from time to time. This can be distressing for the pupil and for any visitor to the school. The school will operate a Team Teach behaviour policy, in line with the other schools within Forward Education Trust, whereby all staff are trained annually in all aspects of Team Teach. This will include training in all of the de-escalation techniques of distraction, humour, deflection, change of face and environment through to the use of legal restraint techniques that will only be used when a pupil is at risk of harm to self or others.

The Trust does not advocate the use of restraint except in the most significant of situations and all restraints reports are scrutinised by the trust on a regular basis. Forward Education Trust believes that restraint should only be used as a last resort.

The School Day

Leycroft Academy operates an extended day, open from 08:50 with registration until 9.10 for all pupils then at 09:10 timetabled lessons start. The day ends at 15.20.

This extended day allows the Academy to have a rich curriculum, life skills lessons and enrichment activities.  Forward Education Trust believes an extended academy day is particularly important for SEND pupils to provide a curriculum that will give pupils opportunities to enjoy friendship groups wider than their year peer groups.

A breakfast of toast or cereal will be available at registration time for those pupils who were unable to eat before leaving home or for those who prefer eating at the Academy.  Staff will support pupils during breakfast to support the development of life skills.

At 9:00, all pupils will begin the day.

Pupils will remain in their class groups throughout the day unless they need access to specialist activities or assemblies etc.

Generally, English and Mathematics is taught in the morning with STEM and Creative subjects taught through a skills curriculum in the afternoon.

Assemblies take place in Key Stages and for the whole Academy.  These assemblies will be timetabled and regular to provide routine; this allows pupils to experience situations with different pupils, many of whom will be outside of their normal academy day experiences.

Lunch is in the Academy dining room between 12:10 and 13:10 and again offers valuable curriculum learning and life skills experiences.

There is a 15 minute break time in the morning and this allows pupils to get some fresh air and interact socially with support with other pupils.

Staff plan and involve themselves with these break and lunch time activities in order to engage pupils and develop their social skills.

Enrichment Activities take place each day for those that have parental consent and pupils will be allowed to self-select activities or they may be encouraged to attend by a member of staff.

Managing Behaviour

Autistic pupils can exhibit challenging behaviour from time to time. This can be distressing for the pupil and for any visitor to the school. The school will operate a Team Teach behaviour policy, in line with the other schools within Forward Education Trust, whereby all staff are trained annually in all aspects of Team Teach. This will include training in all of the de-escalation techniques of distraction, humour, deflection, change of face and environment through to the use of legal restraint techniques that will only be used when a pupil is at risk of harm to self or others.

The Trust does not advocate the use of restraint except in the most significant of situations and all restraints reports are scrutinised by the trust on a regular basis. Forward Education Trust believes that restraint should only be used as a last resort.