Specialisms & Inclusion

Specialisms

The specialisms of the St Leonards Academy are Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and these will underpin all aspects of the academy’s work.

Students will benefit from learning in an environment that emphasises the importance of thinking in new ways and finding innovative solutions to complex problems – skills that are highly valued in today’s global economy.

These core skills build on existing strengths in business and computing science and tap into opportunities in the emerging economies of Hastings and St Leonards and beyond, including recent local investments in engineering, construction and the financial sector.

ICT will be a core subject in its own right as well as featuring in the teaching of other subjects. It will be used by teachers to make lessons more stimulating, engaging and innovative for students.

Inclusion

Support for special educational needs

The Academy will adopt the levels of intervention as described in the SEN Code of Practice which advocates a graduated response to meeting students' needs: Awareness, School Action, School Action Plus and Statements.

If your child has a learning difficulty they will have the opportunity to access a range of specialist provisions including multi sensory Literacy and Numeracy support in small groups, individual or group sessions for Speech and Language skill development, participation in Occupational Therapy and physiotherapy programmes and small group experiences to develop social communication and important life skills.

In addition a highly skilled team of Teaching Assistants will support your child in lessons with the aim of building their confidence as learners, promoting their independence and raising their self esteem.

Special facility placements

As part of the provision for SEN the St Leonards Academy will provide additional expertise in helping to successfully include students who have significant difficulties identified on the Autistic Spectrum, or have physical and /or sensory needs. Students attending the Facility will have full access to the mainstream learning environment alongside their peers.

Building on Gifts & Talents

The Academy will ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the More Able Students.

We aim to make provision for those students who demonstrate a talent or ability in a specific subject or discipline (academic or non academic). We aim to provide learning which is appropriately challenging and opportunities for enrichment including university visits, in- school workshops and extra curriculum activities.

Through a system of mentoring and engaging with parents and carers the Academy will tailor a programme which allows students' particular talents to grow and confidence to flourish.