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Specialist Provision

Specialist Provision

Brookside Academy offers a 35 place Specialist Provision, which serves the Somerset area for children in the primary age range.

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About us

‘Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.’ Rita F Pierson.

Our specialist Provision starts with the learner. Placing each learner at the heart of the planning process, we design and tailor specific programmes with each individual in mind.

Personalised provision

We offer personalised provision based on each individual’s needs and interests. We believe that learning should be personal to the learner, enthusing and developing their skills from their own individual starting points.

A unique setting

Our unique setting offers inclusion within a mainstream Academy. This allows opportunities for learners with complex needs to access learning experiences alongside mainstream peers.  Specialist staff and mainstream staff work alongside each other in a single Academy community, sharing their expertise and experiences as a unified team.

Dedicated staff

We care deeply about our role and our experienced team are skilled at making positive relationships with learners and families.

We are highly trained and able to support learning across a wide range of complex needs including cognition and learning impairments, profound and multiple needs, physical and sensory needs, autism spectrum disorders and social and emotional mental health.

We are relentless in our reflective practice, unceasingly revisiting ideas and plans to develop and improve responses to learners needs, ensuring every child can realise their potential.

Class Organisation

Groupings are designed to reflect needs and abilities of learners.  All classes are small groups with high levels of adult support. 

We use the whole school environment in a flexible way, providing indoor and outdoor learning spaces, to encourage both independence and a dynamic range of development opportunities.

We work alongside mainstream classes and we take opportunities to join together for particular experiences.

We adapt learning spaces and staffing to meet the changing needs of our learners.

Annual Review

As part of our personalised provision we carry out an annual learner centred review.  This enables us to acknowledge and celebrate progress and refine our response to a learner’s changing development needs.

Welcome and visits

We welcome visitors to our provision and we are happy to talk about what we are doing and offer help and support where we can. We also provide outreach and support for colleagues in other local schools. Please contact the Academy Office if you have a query or would like to arrange to visit.


Visit our class pages (Parrots,Kingfishers,Hummingbirds and Toucans) to find out what we have been doing recently.

Further information

For more information about our Specialist Provision please see the SEND Information report 2019/20.

SEND Information Report 2019/20

Please also see the other page links for, the Somerset Local Offer and other helpful websites. 

To talk to someone direct please contact CHRIS LANE, Specialist Provision Team Leader, Assistant Headteacher and Senco across the Academy or Sarah Ashford, Deputy Headteacher. 


Further Information

Useful Links

Somerset SENDIAS

Somerset SENDIAS provides information, advice and support about special educational needs and disability (SEND) for parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25).

The service is free, confidential and impartial. They encourage partnership working with schools, colleges, early years providers, the Local Authority and other statutory and voluntary services, so that parent carers children and young people can be part of decision making. 

Follow the link to their website -

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum began in October 2012 with an independent group of parent carers united by their experiences, passion and commitment to ensuring that parent carers are invited and empowered to participate in decision making in the Local Authority Health Service and ultimately Government.

They work with children, parents, families and SEND workers to offer advice, support and information in order to improve SEND outcomes for all stakeholders.


To get more information and get in touch with this valuable group then go to 

Somerset Local Offer

The Local Offer provides information on the services available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged between 0 to 25 and how to access them.

The Local Offer has been produced as a joint effort between Somerset County Council and Somerset Parent Carer Forum and young people's groups in schools and in colleges as well as though commissioned activity through Compass Disability.


The Local Offer includes information about the provision available in Somerset for children and young people with special educational needs, and those for whom the local authority is responsible, regardless of whether or not they have Education, Health and Care Plans.


The Local Offer covers:


  • education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disability;
  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN, including arrangements for requesting an EHC needs assessment;
  • other education provision (outside of schools or colleges such as sports or arts provision) training provision, including apprenticeships;
  • arrangements for travel to and from schools, post 16 institutions and early years providers;
  • support to help children and young people in moving between phases of education and to prepare for adulthood;
  • sources of information, advice and support in the area relating to SEN, parent carer forums, support groups, childcare and leisure activities;
  • arrangements for making complaints, for the resolution of disagreements, mediation and parents' and young people's right to appeal is a collaborative partnership between all of the special schools and specialist provision within Somerset. stands for Special Educational Needs Somerset Expertise. We have a wealth of experience within our schools and many outstanding practitioners support us in our work to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need more than what is offered in mainstream education.

Members of

Avalon School:

Brookside Academy:

Critchill School:

Elmwood School:

Fairmead School:

Fiveways School:

Mendip School:

Penrose School:

Selworthy School:

Sky College: