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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

SEND

Hello Everyone! We have designed this area as a place for you all, where you can find resources and contacts to help you.

Do check in regularly for messages from the team, important news, updated information and any important dates that you and/or your parents/carers may need to make a note of.

We hope you find this page fun and informative.If you need to contact us please see our email addresses below. 

Miss McDonagh and Mr Tillier

McDonagh.k@aylesfordschool.org.uk

Tillier.t@aylesfordschool.org.uk

Updates 

The Local Authority are going to be having a SEND and Inclusion inspection next week and are giving parents and carers an option to feedback to the inspection teams.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WarwickshireCountyCouncilLASENDInspection/?fbclid=IwAR3Bczo9j_i84WR5r3mPZ4md-ij-ypDW4ClCyTeOTO_NzDsOy3g0PU2CUEM 

Or the inspectors can be emailed directly on: LASEND.support@ofsted.gov.uk

There will also be an open Teams meeting during the inspection week on Thursday 15th July at 12.15-13.00 for the Parent Carer Forum (links to follow).

September 2021 Arrivals

We are now offering tours after school for students joining us in September who are on the SEND register at their primary school.  The booking link can be found at Aylesford School and Sixth Form College - September 2021 Intake Tours - SEND 

Free online workshops

Click on the link below for some free workshops that are currently being offered to parents in Warwickshire - be sure to check back as new workshops come up and more dates come up too.

Warwickshire Children and Families Events | Eventbrite

 

Meet The Team 

Miss McDonagh - Director of Learning Support and Inclusive Practice

  • I have the National SEND Qualification
  • I’ve been at Aylesford 15 years, SENCo for 4 years
  • I am an Assistant Headteacher, also in charge of Behaviour (Inclusion) and Careers
  • I also teach Physical Education
  • I play netball and am a sports enthusiast

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Mr Tillier – Assistant SENCo

  • I’ve been at Aylesford 5 years now.
  • I’m a qualified Maths teacher
  • I like climbing mountains
  • I play darts (nice maths link!)
  • I also enjoy strange coffee flavours

Miss McGreavy – Literacy and EAL Co-ordinator

  • I have been at Aylesford for 4 years
  • I love Christmas and cows!
  • I have a cat called Missi (short for Mischievous!!)
  • I enjoy long, muddy walks
  • My favourite quote:

“If plan A doesn’t work, don’t worry…the alphabet has 25 more letters!”

Mrs Mottet - Mental Health Co-Ordinator

  • I have been at Aylesford for three years
  • I am a qualified first aider for Mental Health
  • I love reading historical fiction
  • I can speak French
  • I have a Springer Spaniel dog called Kiki

Mrs Till – Sixth Form Learning Mentor

  • I have been at Aylesford for nearly 20 years
  • I enjoy crosswords and jigsaw puzzles
  • I like watching Investigation Discovery
  • I have 2 cats named Paddy and Max
  • Zumba is my favourite form of exercise
  • One of my son’s is a media platform entertainer- aka Youtuber

Mrs McCarthy – Inclusion Coordinator

  • I am responsible for coordinating and managing the daily support in the Inclusion Centre
  • We also provide an emotionally safe place for students to access, learn and succeed in all aspects of the curriculum
  • I enjoy long walks with my little dog
  • I enjoy going on holiday to a hot and sunny destination
  • I also enjoy thinking about gardening

Mrs Dubrava  – TA3 Inclusion and behaviour support

  • I’ve worked at Aylesford for 22 years
  • I love walking my dogs
  • I enjoy spending time by the sea
  • I also enjoy travelling
  • I love spending time with my family

MRG – TA3 Inclusion and Pastoral

  • I’ve been at Aylesford just over a year
  • I've worked with young people with behavioural needs for 10 years
  • ​I'm a keen windsurfer; especially on the sea  
  • I love camping and exploring different places 

Miss Kiernan – TA3 Maths

  • I have worked at Aylesford for 7 years
  • I am a qualified teacher having specialised in languages but a recent math’s convert!
  • I love running and yoga
  • I am obsessed with peanut butter
  • I have a Jack Russell and a bearded dragon

Mrs Fryer

  • I’ve been at Aylesford 16 years now as a member of staff and went to school here too!
  • I like STEM and I am often found helping in science lessons.
  • I love freshly ground and brewed coffee.

Mrs Harrison

  • I have worked at Aylesford for 13 years following year groups and I was in the Ethics department for a while.
  • I love cooking, baking cakes and walking my dog Poppy.
  • I joined an Adult Tap Classes and took some exams.
  • I enjoy holidaying in England and abroad and go away as much as I can.
  • I have a northern accent which I love.

Miss Mushtaq

  • I’ve been at Aylesford for 4 years
  • I’m learning British Sign Language and I am also bilingual
  • I love reading, travelling and trying new food. I am RIDDIKULUS-LY mad about Harry Potter.
  • I am also very competitive and enjoy learning weird facts.
  • Did you know that an Ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain!

Mrs Foulkes

  • I love walking barefoot on sandy beaches.
  • I drink funny teas.
  • I am learning Spanish and plan to be fluent by the end of lockdown.
  • I lived in France for 25 years and my son was born there.
  • I love cooking and make mean profiteroles.

Mrs Davies

  • I've been at Aylesford for 2 years
  • I like yoga and running
  • During lockdown I've taken up walking too
  • I like trying out new cooking recipes
  • I enjoy collecting old photographs and making photo books out of them

 

Miss Hodgetts

  • This is my first year at Aylesford
  • I enjoy walking and exploring new places
  • I have a Psychology degree
  • I enjoy baking sweet treats
  • I have a cat called Lexi (she’s very cute!)

Mrs Miller

  • I have been a teaching assistant for 16 years.
  • I love listening to music and attending concerts and music festivals.
  • I love travelling. My favourite place is New York. I have been 6 times.
  • I have two sons. Amazing young men who started their journey and their success at Aylesford. 
  • I enjoy gardening.

Mr Croft

  • I recently joined Aylesford in September 2020.
  • BA and MA graduate in Film Studies.
  • I’m a qualified History tutor.
  • Author of various chapters in film magazines and journals.
  • I became a Newcastle United fan after pulling Alan Shearer out of a Sugar Puffs packet.

Mrs Brown

  • I’m from Yorkshire.
  • I have a dog called George and I love to take him out for walks.
  • I like ‘odd’ creatures like rats and frogs. I used to have 2 pet rats called Billy and Gordon.
  • I used to dance at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom (the same one as strictly 😀).
  • I like answering questions and love a quiz!

 

 

Miss Loveridge

  • I was Head Girl at Aylesford when I was a Student here. 
  • I bake personalised cakes for family and friends! 
  • I love going to the theatre and seeing lots of musicals! 
  • I have 2 black cats called Theo and Oreo (they are brothers and very loving!!) 
  • I have been to Uganda for fieldwork. 

 

What we do

 During Lessons:

  • Support in a variety lessons in school.
  • We Support classes by helicoptering around the room helping a variety of students and needs as we increase their independence.
  • We support the teaching staff during input by encouraging listening skills.
  • We might take groups out for varying interventions, e.g. small group work, additional reading, life skills, etc.
  • We support the teaching staff with differentiation as we get to know the students.
  • We support with exam access which is informal in Years 7-9 and has to be formal and screened by an outside agency for GCSE (Year 10 and 11) and Sixth Form (Year 12 and 13)
  • We have literacy lessons where we take a small group out of another subject to catch up with their literacy and English core skills.

Outside of Lessons:

  • We offer lunchtime clubs – please see in the attachments the current list.
  • TAs also mentor a number of students who they see regularly during a part of the school day and more formally during one tutor time a week, if need be this can be more regular depending on the need and demand of the student.
  • We also support a peer mentoring programme where members of the sixth form buddy up with a student in KS3 – this is supervised by a member of staff.
  • Staff also provide some small group interventions – these change regularly depending on demand and need – these include Handwriting, Life Skills, Maths Mentoring, Primary Readers, Reading Groups and SULP.

Helpful Tips

  • Try to keep your morning routine the same as you would for school
  • Don’t work too late into the evening! 
  • Reach out to people – maybe arrange a call with a friend after school
  • Remember to eat and drink properly during the day 
  • This is a difficult time for most of us at the moment, so try to remember that you are not alone in how you are feeling. 
  • Speak to someone if you’re struggling or worried about anything.

 

 

 

Parent support and links

 These websites may be of use as well as the downloads below.  Also please contact Miss McDonagh or Mr Tillier if we can be of assistance.

http://www.addiss.co.uk -  The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.  They provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx - The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.

www.cerebra.org.uk - help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.

This is an online guide for pupils, parents and professionals to support mental health and wellbeing http://combinedwellbeing.org.uk/

https://www.covkidsot.co.uk - Occupational Therapist Service with support links

www.cwrise.com/parent-and-carer-resources - resources for ADHD support.

http://www.dyslexiamidlands.com

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk - offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.

www.family-action.org.uk/wias - SENDIAS link for Warwickshire.

http://familylives.org.uk- A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting,including challenging behaviour , emotional wellbeing ,teenagers etc, details about specialist advice, parenting groups in your area.

www.kids.org.uk - Young Peoples Inclusion Network – YP -in provides online guidance about both strategy and putting Inclusion into Practice covering issues such as Leisure and Sports Services , Youth Provision, Transport and Independent Living.

http://www.livingwithadhd.co.uk - Advice for teenagers and parents relating to ADHD.

www.masteringmemory.co.uk - Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult.

http://www.minded.org.uk - Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself. MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents, working together.

www.mylifemychoice.org.uk - My life my choice - helping people speak up and develop their skills

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions - find information about ASD, SPLD and other medical conditions.

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/send - Warwickshire’s SEND local offer brings together information about the local services and support available across education, health and social care for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25, who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

www.talkingpoint.org.uk - Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.  

www.youngminds.org.uk - Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details.