Access and Inclusion
Oasis Academy Wintringham has resources for students with physical disabilities which include dedicated parking drop-off points, toilets with wheelchair access, ramps and 2 lifts suitable for a wheelchair. Oasis Academy Wintringham encourages and includes all students with physical and other disabilities throughout the curriculum. There are sporting competitions held in NE Lincs for children with a range of disabilities; Oasis Academy Wintringham enters all of these and has been extremely successful.
Parental engagement is seen to be a crucial factor in enabling students with Special Educational Needs to achieve their potential and parents are actively encouraged to be involved with their child’s school and home learning.
The Blue Unit
We have a specialist provision at the Academy for students on the Autistic Spectrum, known as the Blue Unit.
This is managed full-time by an experienced manager, although the aim of the unit is to integrate students full-time into mainstream lessons.
The unit provides specialist emotional and social support for those children on the spectrum whose additional needs can pose difficulties in larger, more complex environments such as the classroom. This support can include bespoke programmes, individual and group activities.
The Bridge works with students who need extra support whilst at the Academy. This could be for a number of reasons, including social, emotional and behavioural issues. The staff in the Unit have a wide range of experience in working with children with additional needs and support these students to ensure that they achieve their potential whilst at Oasis Academy Wintringham.
When a student is referred to The Bridge, their needs are assessed and any issues are raised. Once the needs of the student are identified The Bridge team will endeavour to solve any issues using a variety of methods, including working with outside agencies.
Students are then given an ILP (Individual Learning Programme). The ILP will have details of any interventions that have been made to the student’s timetable, including any contracts of behaviour raised.
The ultimate aim of intervention is to:
- Identify issues
- Draw up an ILP
- Support the student concerned
- Liaise with both internal staff and outside agencies as necessary, to provide support.
Self-esteem and behaviour programmes are available to provide opportunities to develop the social, emotional and behavioural skills that young people will need, to re-enforce the possibility of change, creating a more positive set of responses and behaviours and to realise how breaking out of the cycle of low self-esteem is an option for each individual.
The ultimate goal of The Bridge is for the students to reach a stage where re‐integration into mainstream school is achieved. If this is not possible, measures are put into place to further support the student’s learning.
Students who spend time in The Bridge follow the Academy curriculum pathways and are set work by their subject teachers. A range of specialist teaching staff work within The Bridge unit to further aid progression.
The ultimate aim of the Unit is to support students through difficult times and encourage them to reintegrate back into mainstream school. This process can sometimes be a very short one; at other times it can be a lengthy process. Each student's reintegration is individually designed and reflects their specific needs.