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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • We have a large Special Educational Needs (SEN) department which offers a wide variety of support techniques, specialist programmes, knowledge and expertise to ensure that our pupils with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities receive the highest quality interventions and support so they are able to achieve their full potential.We vigorously test students, liaise with primary schools and outside agencies to ensure that the needs of our leaners are identified and met via the delivery of personalised packages of support which are regularly reviewed to ensure progress is made and sustained.Below are links to two documents that outline in greater detail the support that we offer here at Ormiston Horizon Academy :
  • Information for parents 
  • This SEN Information Report needs to be read alongside our Local Offer 
  • Stoke Local Offer
  • Parent View


We take attendance and its link to attainment very seriously at Ormiston Horizon Community Academy and expect all students to be reaching an attendance target of at least 95%.

It is a Parents/Carers responsibility to ensure their child attends the Academy regularly and on time.  Whilst we appreciate that sometimes absence is unavoidable, due to illness, any medical appointments or holidays taken during term time will impact on your child’s attendance and in turn their attainment.

It is proven that attainment is connected to good attendance, missing crucial time at the Academy could have an impact on any exams that your child may be taking, remember that one day’s absence is 5 lessons missed, one week’s absence is 25 lessons missed.  This is valuable learning time that cannot be given back.  Your child misses out every time they are absent from the Academy, so consider this and make medical or dental appointments outside of Academy hours where possible.

A change to regulations effective from 1st September 2013 means that students cannot be granted leave of absence during term time.

Please see our Absence Information  for more details.


The Academy day starts at 8.35am for Personal Tutor registration and students are expected to attend everyday on time.

Any amount of minutes late to the Academy add up to learning time lost and therefore students are issued with a detention EVERY TIME they arrive late to the Academy.

Educational Welfare – Attendance Service

The Academy works in partnership with the EWO to ensure regular attendance from all of its students and to assist and support students and their families.  If your child is not attending the Academy regularly, the absence has not been authorised by the Academy and there has been no improvement following the Academy’s attempts to get an improvement, an EWO may visit you.  This may result in legal action being taken.


In snowy weather the academy will make a decision in relation to the health and safety of the students and staff on site. A decision is always made as early as possible and will be placed on the website, text message, twitter and local radio.