Brookside Academy offers a 33 place Specialist Provision, which serves the Somerset area for children in the primary age range.
‘Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.’ Rita F Pierson.
Our specialist Provision starts with the learner. Placing each learner at the heart of the planning process, we design and tailor specific programmes with each individual in mind.
We offer personalised provision based on each individual’s needs and interests. We believe that learning should be personal to the learner, enthusing and developing their skills from their own individual starting points.
A unique setting
Our unique setting offers inclusion within a mainstream Academy. This allows opportunities for learners with complex needs to access learning experiences alongside mainstream peers. Specialist staff and mainstream staff work alongside each other in a single Academy community, sharing their expertise and experiences as a unified team.
We care deeply about our role and our experienced team are skilled at making positive relationships with learners and families.
We are highly trained and able to support learning across a wide range of complex needs including cognition and learning impairments, profound and multiple needs, physical and sensory needs, autism spectrum disorders and social and emotional mental health.
We are relentless in our reflective practice, unceasingly revisiting ideas and plans to develop and improve responses to learners needs, ensuring every child can realise their potential.
Groupings are designed to reflect needs and abilities of learners. All classes are small groups with high levels of adult support.
We use the whole school environment in a flexible way, providing indoor and outdoor learning spaces, to encourage both independence and a dynamic range of development opportunities.
We work alongside mainstream classes and we take opportunities to join together for particular experiences.
We adapt learning spaces and staffing to meet the changing needs of our learners.
As part of our personalised provision we carry out an annual learner centred review. This enables us to acknowledge and celebrate progress and refine our response to a learner’s changing development needs.
Welcome and visits
We welcome visitors to our provision and we are happy to talk about what we are doing and offer help and support where we can. We also provide outreach and support for colleagues in other local schools. Please contact the Academy Office if you have a query or would like to arrange to visit.
Visit our class pages (Woodpeckers, Parrots,Kingfishers,Hummingbirds and Toucans) to find out what we have been doing recently.
For more information about our Specialist Provision please see the SEND Information report 2017/18.
Please also see the other page links for sen.se, the Somerset Local Offer and other helpful websites.
To talk to someone direct please contact CHRIS LANE, Specialist Provision Team Leader and Senco across the Academy or Sarah Ashford, Deputy Headteacher.