Nightingale Community Academy provides education for boys from the age of 5 to 19 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs as identified in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of SEN.

The school evaluates its effectiveness in accordance with its Assessment for Learning and SEN Policies, benchmarking itself against Ofsted Criteria with regards to Pupil Progress, Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management.

Students are assessed and reviewed on the basis of their attainment and achievement and against the objectives on the EHCP/Statement through the Annual Review process. We offer a differentiated curriculum through small class groups. Every student has an Individual Intervention Plan detailing the strategies and environmental accommodations that can be made to support their access to the curriculum.

Any additional equipment or facilities required to support young people with SEN are secured on a case-by-case basis when the need is identified e.g. through the Annual Review process.

All students at Nightingale Community Academy have a home-school book to support good communication between families and the school. Parents/carers are invited and encouraged to attend their child’s Annual Review, when we evaluate progress towards the objectives in the Statement or EHCP. Where appropriate, a multi-professional Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting is convened to look at ways to provide additional support for a child. Parents and carers are always welcome to speak with school staff about the progress their child is making and any concerns they may have.

Students are encouraged to participate in their Annual Review and are asked to give their views regarding their progress and plans for the future. They are also invited to contribute to their Individual Intervention Plans, particularly with regard to suggesting strategies that might help them to overcome their difficulties.

The Special Educational Needs Governor meets with the school’s senior leaders each term to look at how the governors support the school to meet students’ SEN, including the involvement of appropriate outside agencies, such as CAMHS, Social Services and the Family Recovery Project team.

From Year 9 upwards, students receive a transition plan and support from Connexions to prepare for transition out of school. Where appropriate, students benefit from travel planning and all receive support to apply for relevant college courses.

For details of details of support services available for parents and carers email

The local authority’s offer is published on their website at