St Stephen Churchtown Academy is a mainstream school. We believe that children have a right to a safe, happy, varied and challenging learning experience. Every individual child matters and all children have talents and potential which must be realised. Within this context, respect, cooperation, responsibility and perseverance are the key personal qualities which we value from all members of our school community and that we feel are essential to success in later life.
Gifted and Talented
We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, the children with exceptional gifts and talents are identified by members of staff as well as their families. We particularly ask for parental information about talents that may not have been picked up within school, such as sporting talent, artistic talent, cooking or other abilities. It is these skills that make our pupils individuals and we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to shine and also to further develop their skills. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children.
Special Educational Needs
Children with additional needs are identified through a combination of observations of the children as individuals within their classes by our experienced staff, tracking the outcomes of assessments and through discussions with parents. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Joanne Ellis. She works with the class teachers and teaching assistants to create programmes of support that meet the needs of the child. If you wish to discuss your child's learning programme, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher in the first instance and then should you require further information please contact Mrs Ellis.
We work with a range of external agencies to provide the best support for all our children. There are too many to list, but they include:
Speech and Language Therapy
Cognition and Learning
Hearing Support Service