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Bradfields Academy

Blue Zone

Primary Blue Zone 

ColourPrimary Blue Zone

Primary Blue Zone is located in the Lower site. 

Students in Primary Blue Zone have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is also their primary learning need.

Students are assigned a Class Teacher and at least 2 Teaching Assistants per class. There are a maximum of 9 students per class which are grouped according to need, or by year group, depending on the cohort.  Classes can therefore have a mixture of year groups within them.

Primary Blue Zone students have access to the rest of the academy.  When students reach the end of Year 6, the intention is that they will move through into Blue Zone Year 7.

Opportunities can be created for students in Year 6 to integrate into lessons in other areas of the academy if it is felt to be of benefit to individual students.  Students also have the opportunity to take part in whole academy events and activities.

Students can choose to bring a packed lunch or have a cooked dinner.  Students either eat together in their classrooms at lunch time or there is an opportunity to access the main hall for lunch.  This can be created if it is felt to be of benefit to individual students. 

At break and lunch time, Primary Blue Zone students have access to their own playground, adventure area and large grass area.  In Year 6, opportunities can be created for students to integrate into playgrounds in other areas of the school if it is felt to be of benefit to individual pupils. 

Unique to Primary Blue Zone is ‘Golden Time’ on a Friday afternoon which rewards pupils for their achievements during the week.  Other celebrations include a weekly Achievement Award Assembly in recognition of progress made by students. 

Primary Blue Zone students have the chance to celebrate their achievements when Parents and Carers are invited in during the year, including showcasing their talents during a Christmas production.

To contact a member of staff in Blue Zone please send your message to the address below, making sure that you state the member of staff you wish the message to be passed to.

bluezone@bradfieldsacademy.co.uk

Secondary Blue Zone 

Secondary Blue ZoneRounded Rectangle: Board game club; Uno club; A jewellery making club; Chess ClubSing with the school choir; ‘DS corner’ club; Yu-Gi-Oh! Club

Students in Blue Zone have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is also their primary learning need.

On entry into Blue Zone, students will be assigned a Tutor, a Teaching Assistant and a Tutor Group and in the main this is the group that they will remain in for lessons.  Groups are small and constructed either by need, or by year group, depending on the cohort.  Some Tutor Groups therefore, may have a mixture of year groups within them.

Students start and end the day with their form tutors.  In the morning sessions they follow a scheme of work based around appropriate Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and Character Strengths.  On a Friday students have an achievement assembly where staff  nominate students for an award in several different categories.

Opportunities can be created for students in Blue Zone to integrate into lessons in other areas of the school if it is felt to be of benefit to individual students. 

Curriculum

All students in the Blue Zone access the full National Curriculum and (in Years 10-14) accredited courses (see the Curriculum page on the Website).  These subjects are taught at an appropriate level for each student's ability.  Opportunities for students to access the Yellow, Red and Green Zones are available if it is felt to be of benefit.

Reports and Reviews

Throughout the academic year each student will: 

  1. Receive a full report on his/her progress in each subject and current level of attainment.
  2. Engage in a full review of his/her progress at the academy and review his/her current special educational needs. This is known as an Annual Review of their Statement of SEN / Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to attend an evening session where they can meet with all their child's teachers following receipt of their report.  Known as a Parent & Carer Information Evening.  Please see the Calendar for the dates.

Parents and Carers are invited to attend the Annual Review which is a private meeting for them with the Transitional Co-Ordinator and any other involved agencies.

Planning for the Future

In March each year the Year 9 students have the opportunity to choose the exam courses they would like to follow in Years 10 and 11.  This is a special evening event where Year 9 students can join their Parents and Carers in a meeting with Subject Teachers and receive advice on the most appropriate courses to pursue at Entry Level, BTEC, GCSE etc. 

Also in March, the Year 11 students have the opportunity to choose if they want to continue to Year 12 or move to college.  This is a special evening event where Year 11 students can join their Parents and Carers in a meeting with Subject Teachers and receive advice on the most appropriate courses to pursue. 

At this time the Year 13 students have the opportunity to choose if they want to continue to Year 14 or move to college.  This is a special evening event where Year 13 students can join their Parents and Carers in a meeting with Subject Teachers and receive advice on the most appropriate courses to pursue. 

Lead Students

In Blue Zone we have Lead Students and Deputy Students.  Their roles involve helping the staff on duty in Blue Zone and there is an opportunity for them to help support staff with Open Evenings etc.

Work Experience

In Key Stage 4 and 5 Blue Zone students have the opportunity to access Work Experience and college taster courses.

Clubs and Activities

Please see Clubs for an extended list.

Dinner Arrangements

Students can choose to bring a packed lunch or have a cooked dinner.  Each of the Blue Zone tutor groups eat together in their classrooms at lunchtime although opportunities for students to access the Main Hall for lunch can also be created if it is felt to be of benefit.

Fundraising

Please see our Fundraising Page with up-to-date news on our latest fundraising events and guidance on how you can donate to the Academy.

Open Sessions

We value the opportunity to have Parents & Carers and family friends in the Blue Zone each term for an informal morning coffee / afternoon tea event.

This is an opportunity to look at students work, talk to staff as well as other Parents/Carers at the academy.  The Food Technology department provide delicious cakes and there are a range of stalls to gather information about outside clubs and opportunities.  Senior Students help to lead the event.  Please see the Calendar for the next date.

Blue Zone students have the chance to come together during the year to showcase their talents in an afternoon production put on for family and friends.  The productions include ‘Blue Zone's Got Talent’.

To contact a member of staff in Blue Zone please send your message to the address below, making sure that you state the member of staff you wish the message to be passed to.

bluezone@bradfieldsacademy.co.uk