Learning Support

Chauncy strives to be an inclusive school offering a broad and balanced curriculum for all our students from our local community. During their school career, some students may require additional provision to achieve their potential and the SEN team work alongside our teaching staff to offer some students appropriate support – guided by our transition process, professional advice, observations or diagnostic assessment. Parents are informed of the provision in place for their child and have opportunities to discuss this with the SENCo or the most appropriate member of the SEN team throughout the year. Information on each child’s specific needs, and appropriate strategies to support their learning, is shared with all teaching staff to ensure a co-ordinated approach.

Our statement of SEN support is below and further information is available in the school SEN Information Report/SEN Policy, which can be accessed via the website.

SEND Provision at Chauncy – a guide for schools and parents

Chauncy is a mainstream secondary school aiming to serve the communities of Ware and the surrounding villages. We endeavour to welcome and teach all local children who can access the secondary curriculum.

Chauncy is a government designated centre for Gifted and Talented Education and we welcome students of all abilities, including those with additional needs. SEN provision is underfunded and we try our best to meet the needs of students who require additional support in school. We have great successes but the lack of resources will determine some outcomes.

Lack of funding may lead to some restrictions:

• There is no 1-1 provision unless specifically outlined in Section F of an EHCP and funded by Higher Needs Funding.   

• We have exactly 1500 students and transition between lessons is busy.

• Children move around the school every hour, unaccompanied by adults.

• We set by ability from September 1st.

• We aim to offer some whole class support available for lower ability groups.

• There is no nurture provision.

• All students are required and expected to follow our behaviour policy.

• Students who swear at adults are excluded.

• Every student who has ever assaulted an adult has been permanently excluded.

• We do not accept SEND as an excuse for violence.

• We have a counsellor 1 day a week to support our 1500 students.

All Hertfordshire mainstream secondary schools have the same funding formula for their Notional SEN Budget and are obliged by law to welcome children with special educational needs. Our SEND funding is EXACTLY the same as Presdales, Simon Balle and Richard Hale schools.