Patcham High School
Who we are
Patcham High School is a mainstream secondary school. We believe inclusive practice is central to developing quality-first teaching, with teachers holding responsibility for meeting the needs of all students within their class through classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style and differentiation. At Patcham High School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum which ensures the best progress for all our students, while recognising their particular needs and abilities. We offer a wide range of support in order to break down barriers to learning and to reflect the needs of pupils with particular needs, for example: communication and interaction concerns, cognition and learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health and physical or sensory needs.
We value knowing our students well and treating them as individuals. Relationships between students and staff are strong and there is a vibrancy and energy to our school community.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
- BHISS - Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service, which includes:
educational psychologists; family support workers; primary mental health workers; specialist SEN teachers and specialist SEN practitioners
- Counselling services
- EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service)
- Integrated Team for Families (ITF)
- Occupational Therapy
- Right Here
- RU OK?
- Social Services
- Speech and Language
What training and experience have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities had or having?
Our Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is a qualified teacher and teacher of the Deaf. She has completed the NASENCO (National Award for SEN Coordination) training and is formally qualified to assess for examination access arrangements. Our SENCO and Assistant SENCO have all had specialist training in areas of SEN and many years’ experience between them of working with students with a wide variety of SEN.
Our school building has been adapted to cater for students with physical disabilities as follows:
- Accessible toilet
- Accessible changing facilities