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Stoke Studio College

At Stoke Studio College we welcome everyone into our community. Stoke Studio College endeavours to make available inclusive provision to ensure that all students, including those identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education with access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, so that they may achieve their full potential.

Who to contact

01782 603777

Where to go

Chelson Street
Stoke on Trent
Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
11-16 years
16+ years

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Students’ additional learning needs are assessed when they start with us using a wide range of assessments that all students undertake. The Studio College monitors progress data of our students and puts appropriate interventions and support in place.

How will the setting support my child/young person?

Stoke Studio College has a team of Personal Coaches where pastoral care is placed at the heart of our students’ learning. Personal coaches are crucial to the successful delivery of the Studio Schools curriculum model. They act as a key link point between all aspects of the curriculum, working with students and teaching staff to ensure that the curriculum is holistic, personalised and fully compliant will all relevant National Curriculum requirements.

How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?

The Studio Schools curriculum framework allows for a high degree of personalisation. This ensures that individual students are able to follow the learning programme that best suits their strengths, interests and needs. The personal coach will play a key role in this, working with students to develop their personal learning plans. This will take place in one-to-one coaching sessions on a fortnightly basis and will provide students with the opportunity to set and reflect upon their progress towards their own personal goals. Coaching sessions will focus on a wide range of topics including key qualifications, work placements and the CREATE skills framework. We offer a broad curriculum where students can choose Construction or Engineering as their chosen career path, alongside their GCSE core subjects and option choices.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

Progress tracking through personal coaching and students are assessed and kept on track. Personal Coaches negotiate core project delivery by working with students at the beginning of projects and tailor them to meet their goals and training requirements. Personal Coaches plan and coordinate personalised learning plans and routes for each of their students. The personal coach also supports students to reflect on and evaluate their progress, setting personalised targets. They liaise with teaching and other Studio College staff and local businesses to monitor and observe students’ progress. Working with learning coaches (class teachers) to provide support for core projects and single lesson sessions, helping to ensure that all National Curriculum requirements are delivered. The personal coach makes students aware of the progression routes available to them and how their learning relates to them. Personal Coaches act as the primary link with parents; building relationships with parents to ensure that they are aware of the progress that their child is making.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

At Stoke Studio College, we embrace Personal Coaching as a Powerful route to growing the capability and independence of our learners and staff, enabling them to achieve their full potential. We foster in learners the ability to solve their own problems and generate their own opportunities, equipping them to thrive in their future lives and careers. Coaching at Stoke Studio College is an holistic approach at the centre of everything we do Every student at the Studio College has Personal Coaching everyone is offered a 1:1 Personal Coaching session, for up to an hour, at least every fortnight and without fail at least once a month. The majority of coaching conversations are learner-originated, often proceeding from medium to long-term SMART objectives they set for themselves at the start of the year and these targets are documented and amended as necessary on a termly basis in their Personalised Learning Plan. Learners are made aware that they will be shared amongst staff to help us ensure our teaching and learning practice and pastoral support is as bespoke and effective as possible. We also have offer teaching assistant support to our students should they require additional support and personalised, small class sizes to ensure that all our students achieve their full potential.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

Personal Coaching is unique to the Studio College and pastoral support is at the centre of everything that we do. Personal Coaches build unique relationships with students and their parents. The Personal Coaches communicate with and act as a link between the Studio College and the families of our students. Personal coaches will play a key role in initiating and building relationships with parents to ensure that parents are fully aware of the Studio College’s offer, how their Child is progressing and any issues or concerns that need to be addressed. We have strong links with external agencies when our students require extra pastoral support, information, advice and guidance. We liaise with the careers service to ensure that our students get the best independent careers advice and support.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

All of our staff receive in house and external training from the Studio Schools trust around SEND and other areas and we run a comprehensive Continuous Professional Development programme for all our staff. Our Teaching Assistants are trained up to Level 3.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

All of our students access regular school trips and reward trips based on attendance and behaviour and attitude for learning.

How accessible is the environment?

Completely accessible

How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?

To give our students a first-hand insight into the working world, the Studio College offers our students time to participate in real work placements. The personal coach will support students through these, providing them with personalised support, training and tracking on a frequent and regular basis. They will also actively guide and advise students on the progression routes available to them. This will require them to have a sound knowledge of apprenticeships, paid work, further and higher education.

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Our resources are allocated and matched to all of our students and those with SEND requirements on an individual basis to meet the needs of our students to ensure that they meet their full potential.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

All of our students are assessed when they start with the Studio College and support and intervention are given on an individual basis to meet the personalised needs of our students.

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

Regular phone contact Parent’s evenings Presentation/celebration ceremonies Parents invited in for meetings with Personal Coach if any issues are present Parent feedback questionnaires


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