Aspire Academy Trust
Posted on: 24/07/2019

CDA awarded SEN GOLD Charter

The Aspire Academy Trust is delighted to announce that Connor Downs Academy has recently been awarded the Gold Charter for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. CDA is the first Aspire academy to meet the criteria for the gold standard and it's a truly outstanding achievement. 
Inclusion Advisors and assessors for the SEN Charter, Sarah Hamshaw and Evelyn Kyne, met with SENCo Hilary Palmer and Head of School Janice Eddy to look at the charter standards and study in-depth the accompanying evidence and were both hugely impressed with the impeccable organisation of the paperwork which comprised the CDA portfolio. 
A wide range of data, lesson observations, student voice, liaison with external agencies/provision, student progress meetings, attendance, case studies, interventions and the TIS Accreditation report were all examples of strengths and were evidenced comprehensively against the charter standards. 
The journey from bronze to gold SEN charter was fully embraced by the whole school and the culture of inclusion is clearly apparent throughout the academy.  The journey doesn't end there and Connor Downs remains committed to reflecting upon, and building upon, what is already excellent practice.
CDA gold charter (1)
One final note of thanks must go to SENDCo Hilary Palmer (pictured above) who is retiring at the end of this summer term.  Hilary played a crucial role in the SEN charter success and on behalf of the Trust we wish Hilary a very happy and active retirement.
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