Based on its strong Christian ethos, the school is a welcoming and inclusive community, where all pupils are equally valued and free from any form of discrimination. The provision for the care and well-being of all groups of pupils demonstrates the school’s good commitment to ensuring that all pupils have an equal opportunity to achieve, especially those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Consequently, they make good progress across the school in line with the very large majority of other pupils. Ofsted September 2011
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
St James is an inclusive school. Our aim for pupils who have been identified as having SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) is to ensure that they are supported whilst also making sure they are fully included in the life of the school. We offer additional help, support and guidance to pupils with a wide range of barriers to learning, including physical, emotional and medical factors, so that they can learn and make good progress in school.
Early identification of SEND is vital to ensuring positive outcomes for pupils. We follow guidance from the Oxfordshire County Council publication, Identifying and Supporting Special Educational Needs in Oxfordshire Schools and Settings and the 2015, Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0- 25 Years, when identifying and supporting pupils with SEND.
Through quality first teaching and effective differentiation, we do our utmost to ensure pupil’s needs are met in the mainstream classroom wherever possible. Staff are given strategies to support each individual student, including access to specific resources and extra training when needed.
We also have excellent links with outside agencies to support our work with our pupil’s progress. These include the: Educational Psychology Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service, Autism Support Service, Parent Partnership, Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (PCAMHS), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, SENSS Hearing Impairment Team, SENSS Visual Impairment Team, MBox, and the Advisory Team for Inclusion.
Our Special Needs Co-ordinator who leads inclusion at St James, is Laura Quinton Maryon. Our school governor with responsibility for Special Needs is Gillian Thompson.
‘Low social mobility and lack of educational opportunity is arguably the biggest social challenge of our times: the income gap between the richest and poorest in society continue to widen, while education opportunities remain overwhelmingly dominated by children from the most privileged homes’
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students who have ever been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM). The Pupil Premium Grant is to be used to address the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
The Pupil Premium Grant also includes funding for all current looked after children (LAC) and for those who have been looked after for one day or more previously, as well as children who have been adopted from care or have left care under a special guardianship order or a residency order since 30th December 2005.
The Pupil Premium Grant also includes funding for children of current service personal or ex-service personal who have served within the last four years. This is called the Service Premium.
At St James’ we are committed to closing any attainment gap that may exist between students eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers by encouraging students to have high aspirations and by doing everything possible to help all students reach their academic and social potential.
If you believe your child may be eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant please complete the application form below and return it to the school office. Please be assured that any applications or enquiries are treated entirely confidentially.
Please find below the Pupil Premium spending and impact report for previous years, and a summary of our proposed funding and spending for the current academic year (2016/ 2017).