Melbourne Avenue, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2EG
Learning to believe, learning to succeed.
Special Educational Needs:

At Dover Christ Church Academy we embrace the ethos of inclusion. We believe that every child in our academy should be encouraged, supported and challenged to reach their full potential. We strive to create a community where students feel safe, valued and respected.

We are fully committed to providing the most appropriate support and intervention for each student with SEND and we work collaboratively with parents and a range of external partners in order to ensure students with SEND are identified, supported and included in all aspects of academy life which is outlined in our Graduated Approach.

In our Graduated Approach we focus on delivering high quality teaching, enabling all learners to achieve in the classroom through differentiation and utilising the guidance set out in the Kent Mainstream Core Standards. Learners with SEND are fully included in the Academy’s improvement cycle of analysis, action, evaluation and review in order to build sustainable progress. Within this context, students with special educational needs will:

  • Be set suitable learning challenges with access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum and Key Stage 4 options.
  • Be seen as the responsibility of all staff who will respond to students’ diverse learning needs and help students overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • Be given help and guidance to prepare for adulthood, including independent and life skills.

It is not assumed that a student has special educational needs just because they have fallen behind with their learning. For any learner who does fall behind, the appropriate provision and interventions are put in place to reduce gaps in their learning. Targeted intervention is available for groups of students with emotional, social or mental health issues. We also provide supervised provision during breaks and lunchtimes for pupils who require support during unstructured periods.

The Academy recognises the importance of positive relationships with parents / carers of all students with additional needs. The revised SEN Code of Practice emphasises the importance of positive, supportive attitudes to parents / carers and user-friendly information and procedures. All professionals working in the Academy will make every effort to ensure effective communication with parents.

All staff within the Academy are expected to help parents / carers understand how to contribute effectively to their child’s education and will make every effort to ensure that parents / carers understand their rights and responsibilities. All relevant information will be provided in a way for all to understand and respond to.

Assistant Vice Principal: SEN - Mr D Hunt

Downloads & Links

DCCA Provision Map Summary 2019 - 20 [PDF - 65Kb]
Our Graduated Approach 2019 - 20 [PDF - 195Kb]
SEN Information Report 2020 - 21 [PDF - 590Kb]

Kent Local Authority’s Local Offer can be accessed here:

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Learning to believe, learning to succeed.