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Vulnerable Groups

In our specialist and special educational needs schools, there are groups with particular needs and vulnerabilities that we seek to track, monitor, review and analyse their progress, wellbeing and support.

These groups include:

Complex Medical Needs

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment

Learning Disabilities

  • MLD
  • SLD
  • ODD
  • PDA
  • Down Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome

Circumstantial Vulnerabilities

  • Children with persistent absence (more than 10% absences)
  • Free School Meals
  • Free School Meals over the past 6 years
  • BAME
  • Children of serving members of HM Forces
  • Looked After Children
  • Previously Looked After Children

General Data about Pupil Groups in our Schools

The Collett School (funding and capacity number: 128)

  R Y1 Y2   Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6   Y7 Y8 Y9   Y10 Y11   Total
2019-20 1 4 6   6 8 10 10   17 22 14   12 16   128
2020 -21 0 4 9   7 7 11 9   18 22 14   13 16   130


St Luke's School (funding and capacity number: 160)

  R Y1 Y2   Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6   Y7 Y8 Y9   Y10 Y11   Total
2019-20 x x x                           160
2020 -21 x x 1                           160


FHEC (age groups of students who attended FHEC over the course of the academic year)

  R Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6   Y7 Y8 Y9   Y10 Y11   Y12 Y13   Total
2019-20 x x x x x x x   1 2 2   10 12   8 6   41


Roles Associated with Supporting Vulnerable Groups of Children in Our Schools

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • High Level Teaching Assistants
  • Receptionists/Administrators
  • Heads of Departments
  • Heads of Schools
  • Safeguarding Governors
  • Executive Headteacher
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Designated Teacher (Children Looked After)
  • CLA Governor
  • Mental Health Lead
  • Mental Health Governor
  • Mental Health Education Psychologist (MHEP)
  • Counsellor
  • Art Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Sensory Integration Occupational Therapist
  • Educational Psychologist

Free School Meals - Government Changes from Christmas 2020

DfE: New winter package to provide further support for children and families

The Government announced a new £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme (8/11/20).  This funding will be ring-fenced, with at least 80% earmarked to support with food and bills and will cover the period to the end of March 2021.

Local authorities will receive the funding at the beginning of December 2020.

This scheme will allow local authorities to support the hardest-hit families and individuals, as well as provide food for children who need it over the holidays. Local authorities understand which groups need support, and are best placed to ensure appropriate holiday support is provided, which is why they will distribute the funds, rather than schools, who will continue providing meals for disadvantaged children during term-time.

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018, will also be expanded across England next year. This programme will cover Easter, Summer and Christmas in 2021, and will be available to children in every local authority in England

Supporting the Individual Child