Welcome to the Cedars Academy! We are part of the Lionheart Academies Trust, a Leicestershire-based Multi Academies Trust steeped in traditions of academic excellence and holistic development. We are extremely proud of the high standards and aspirations of our young people which, coupled with inspirational teaching, means pupils show a positive attitude to their learning. Through working hard and aspiring to excellence, we achieve the best possible outcomes for our pupils. It is these high standards that have placed the Cedars Academy in the top third of schools in Leicestershire for Progress 8.
We want every pupil to aspire to excellence. We recognise that our aspirational learners need opportunities to progress. Whether this be through inspirational teaching of the GCSE and A-level curriculum, or through working closely with our STEM partners on programmes which place a strong emphasis on exploring STEM career routes. We also work with the Brilliant Club, offering our most able pupils the opportunity to study with a University to complete a thesis, designed to inspire and prepare pupils to apply for prestigious universities. It is these high standards which lead to attainment in all areas.
At the Cedars Academy, we seek to remove any barriers to attainment. Inspirational teaching allows students to make progress in their learning, whilst our high standards ensure pupils achieve the best possible outcomes and success. We are ambitious and aspirational for our staff and pupils; we believe that by working hard and aspiring to excellence in all that we do, each and every pupil will succeed
We are committed to exacting high standards, raising attainment and demanding creative excellence from our staff and pupils. At the Cedars Academy we are driven to ensure pupil success is at the core of all our work. We provide a vibrant and engaging curriculum which promotes the love of learning, and prepares young people for the next steps in their lives. We are a driven institution where pupils’ success lies at the core of all planning. We are aspirational, bold and ambitious for pupils’ futures.
At the Cedars Academy, our mission is for pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, to make outstanding progress. We are committed to exacting high standards, raising attainment and demanding creative excellence. Moreover, inspirational teaching, coupled with vibrant and exciting extra-curricular opportunities, ensures our pupils aspire to excellence in all that they do. These key values put pupil success at the core of our work.
Our Centre is a provision for children and young people with a Statement of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) whose primary needs lie in the area of speech, language and communication.
Children and young people are allocated places in the Speech and Language Centre by the Local Authority Special Educational Needs Assessment service.
The Centre is an integral part of The Cedars Academy with staff and pupils fully involved in the academic and social life of the school. Our philosophy is to provide an inclusive environment for the pupils so that they benefit from a range of learning opportunities and quality first teaching. All pupils are taught by subject specialists, who have received training in best practice, and provided with a carefully structured programme to meet his or her individual needs. This may include one to one work, small group work and the support of specialist staff.
The Speech and Language team consists of Kathryn Bunny as SENCO/SALCO, 1 Speech and Language Therapist, 2 Specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistants and 11 Learning Support Assistants. Our specialist staff provide a language-adapted curriculum with appropriate differentiation to aid learning. The team works collaboratively with teaching staff: training staff about speech, language and communication impairments, sharing information about pupils’ strengths and areas of need and providing strategies to enable pupils to access the curriculum.
Our Speech and Language Therapists works collaboratively with staff to offer pupils appropriate support. There are weekly language groups led by the therapists and they are also involved with assessment, monitoring pupil progress, planning interventions for pupils and target setting. We have a suite of classrooms and work areas within the Centre to provide pupils with a stimulating and exciting work environment. We are keen for parents and carers to visit our Centre and meet with our staff.