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SEND Information Report

Who are we?
Joseph Paxton Campus is a small school setting for children and young people who are unable to attend mainstream school and have been referred through medical services. The nominal roll caters for 80 students at KS3 and KS4. All students have medical needs, which often involve aspects of mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, self- harming, eating disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and personality disorders. These are often combined with developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Condition. Provision at JPC is available for young people up to full time education. Where full time provision is not appropriate for a student, however, the provision can be directly tailored to the health and wellbeing of the young person, in consultation with health and other professionals.

In 2017 Wirral Hospitals' School was awarded NASEN's prestigious Autism Accreditation Status, and was advised to apply for a commendation, due to the outstanding provision we are able to offer for students on the autism spectrum.

In addition, in 2017 we were identified as an Accelerator Site for championing mental health awareness in schools and have been working on the pilot project for improving the mental health of children across the Wirral ever since. 

Who is the school’s Special Education Coordinator (SENCO)?
The school’s SENCO is Mrs Owen-Petkova and she can be contacted on the school’s main number (0151 488 7680)

The Assistant SENCO is Ms Hoey who can also be contacted on the school’s main number.

What curriculum do we offer?
The curriculum broadly reflects the National Curriculum at KS3 and KS4, allowing opportunities for student transition back into mainstream schools and further education. Again though, the curriculum and the choices of accreditation are adapted to the specific needs of each student. Students are encouraged to develop existing areas of strength and try new activities through a number of extra-curricular and enrichment programmes which take place during the school day and after school.

How are referrals made to the school?
Students are admitted via a referral system which considers medical evidence of needs. Referrals are usually initiated by schools, ESW Service, Educational Psychologists, CAMHS and Community Paediatricians, often following an informal preliminary discussion with the Headteacher.

A multidisciplinary panel meets every half term to consider whether or not the school is the most appropriate provision for the young person at that time. Key to this decision is whether the young person's existing school and parents/carers have worked together, along with other professionals, in an attempt to overcome the current barriers to education.

What SEN provision do we offer?
Students participate in a range of assessments during their 6 week induction period in order to ensure that appropriate support is provided to meet the complexities of their individual needs. These assessments include (where appropriate): Speech and Language Assessments, Social Thinking Assessments and a student/family-led survey of sensory needs. Only a small number of students arrive at the school with an EHCP. During their time at JPC, we regularly review each student’s progress and will, along with the student’s mainstream school make a referral for an EHCP assessment, if it is deemed appropriate. Students are encouraged to express their needs, priorities and aspirations through Person-Centred Plans and Person-Centred meetings.

The assessments and observations are discussed as part of the 6 week review, when Individual Support Plans will be discussed with parents and students. These plans will specify the support and interventions that will be put in place for the students, along with their aspirations, as expressed through their Person-Centred Plans. These plans for support may include 1-1, small group or in class support as well as specifying the focus and type of specific intervention (e.g. sensory needs; sensory integration; Literacy, Numeracy and Social skills; ‘Social Thinking’ programmes).

The effectiveness of the provision is monitored by the whole-school tracking and monitoring system, as well as individual intervention monitoring and reporting.

There is an open door policy with regard to communication, support and progress.

What additional and wider support is offered by the school?
Wirral Hospitals' Schools works closely with students and their families in identifying the wider support necessary to aid families in understanding and meeting the needs of our young people, who often have very complex difficulties. This involves close communication and consultation with parents and carers and appropriate outside agencies. The SENCO works closely with the Safeguarding Lead in supporting emotional needs and wider engagement. This wider engagement includes access to activities alongside young people who do not have Special Educational Needs. The Safeguarding Lead, Attendance Officer, Head of House and SENCO work closely with students and families during times of transition to ensure educational, emotional, social, communication and practical needs are considered carefully to ensure success.

Parents are encouraged to build good relationships with the school and become involved in activities and facilities available to them. There is a parent room available to parents during the school day.

Students are encouraged to express their views about wider aspects of the school, its pastoral care and provision, and includes consultation over the measures taken to prevent bullying. All students are encouraged to take part in anti-bullying week, where students take part in awareness raising activities organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The outcomes of these activities are reinforced throughout the year. In addition, the school has a student-led ASC focus group, who continually advocate for the needs of students with Autism in all areas of the school. The school is supported by ongoing involvement from the strong Governing Body. Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school and ensuring students make progress, as well as monitoring the areas of leadership and management, behaviour and safety, Quality of teaching and SMSC through an evaluation cycle.

What specialist Services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

·        School employs an independent Speech and Language Therapist.

·        Access to Local Authority and Health Services (e.g. Educational Psychology, CAMHS, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ASC team, Wirral Autistic Society)

·        SENAAT

·        Career Connect

·        School Counsellor

·        School Nurse

What training and experience have the staff supporting young people with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities had or are having?
The school has been awarded National Autistic Society Accreditation status.

All staff are involved in ongoing CPD aimed at meeting the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, with particular emphasis given to the impact of mental health on students’ well-being and readiness to learn. Staff are highly experienced in engaging and motivating students who are anxious and/or avoidant.

Ongoing CPD is given to meet individual needs of students (e.g. Autism, Speech and Language, Social Thinking, Sensory Integration, Safeguarding, Young People and Mental Health).

CAMHS provide regular input and support for whole school and individual needs around various aspects of supporting mental health needs.

We have a fully qualified English teacher to manage our Literacy Intervention Programmes.


  • Our school building is fully accessible for wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilets
  • Our work for Autism Accreditation Status has ensured that both the curriculum and physical environment are fully accessible for all students
  • Individualised learning plans ensure that all lessons are fully accessible for all students

Who can I contact if I have any queries about my child?
General School Contact Details

Address: Wirral Hospitals' School
Joseph Paxton Campus
157 Park Road North
CH41 0DD

Phone:  0151 488 7680
Email: schooloffice@wirralhs.co.uk
School Website:

The Local Offer
The local offer website sets out what services, support and advice are available for children in Wirral if they have special educational needs or a disability. You can visit the website by clicking 

For all queries relating to Special Educational Needs you can contact either:

·         Mrs Owen-Petkova (SENCO) or Ms Hoey (Assistant SENCO) on the main school number 0151 488 7680.

·         For all other Pastoral concerns you should contact the school office who will put you in touch with your child’s Head of House.

·         If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your concern then you can follow the complaints procedure outlined in our complaints policy. This can be found under the policies section on the Homepage.