Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Information and Local Offer
Windmill Hill Values:
“Bringing Life to Learning and Learning to Life”
The Windmill Hill School core values define the culture of our school community, characterising the ethos that informs collaboration, and binds our effective learning community together.
These core values embody what it means to be a member of the Windmill Hill School community, and therefore underpin all aspects of school life.
The core values define how we expect all staff and students to conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis, and act as a guide to promote safe and positive behaviour.
Learning is life long and that all our young people are able to learn.
Families need our support if young people are to meet their potential.
All young people are of equal worth.
Windmill Hill School is a learning community, with our students and their families at the heart of everything we do. Our community is very important to us, and we value, respect and celebrate each other within a safe, supportive, nurturing environment. Together, we strive to ensure that our school is positive, happy and an enjoyable learning community that provide all of us with the confidence and opportunity to be the best we can be.
At Windmill Hill School we believe that all staff, class and non-class based alike, along with the school’s governors play a vital role in creating a supportive and nurturing environment, fostering relationships with students and families. Underpinning everything we do, ensuring the focus is on our students and their families, are the following four principles:
- Choose your attitude – how we approach our ‘work’ and everything we do.
- Make a difference –our focus is on the impact on day-to-day lives.
- Be present –relationships are important, if we are not present in the moment, we are not there for each other.
- Have fun – fun underpins everything!
Windmill Hill School is a special school with an intake of young people with PMLD, SLD, ASD and MLD, which is part of the Creating Tomorrow Academies Trust. The law is clear that special academies have to work with the Local Authority (LA) in meeting the needs of students with SEND, and in turn the LA retains some statutory duties such as admissions and transport; whilst also ensuring that there are enough quality places for students with SEND. As such we are supported by the LA to ensure that all students, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of students with SEND being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible; however there are some children whose needs are best met within a specialist setting such as ours.
The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
What is the Local Offer?
- The Children and Families Bill became law from September 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
- The Local Offer is available at https://directory.luton.gov.uk/kb5/luton/directory/localoffer.page