Thank you for your interest in The Fusion Academy. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Who is The Fusion Academy for?
The Fusion Academy is for young people with autism and/ or communication and interaction needs.
To come to The Fusion Academy, students must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that states communication and interaction and/ or autism as their primary area of need.
The Fusion Academy is not set up for young people with cognition and learning needs. It is designed for young people who, despite their difficulties around communication and interaction, are ‘higher functioning’ and will be looking to access qualifications and potential employment in the future.
What do you do at The Fusion Academy?
The Fusion Academy merges the skills, expertise and understanding of a highly specialist provision with the breadth and opportunities available in a mainstream school. This union will allow our students to have the best possible chance at reaching their academic goals in an environment where they feel safe, understood and listened to, in addition to having their wider needs met.
Class sizes will be small (no more than 8-10 in a class). This will allow students to get the focussed attention they need.
Student wellbeing will be of paramount importance at The Fusion Academy. Our school environment will be accommodating for young people with autism and/ or sensory needs and a multi-disciplinary team, including a range of therapy professionals, will work together to support all areas of student need.
Young people will also be taught strategies to help manage their emotions (such as anxiety and anger) and will develop their independence skills.
Everyone around each young person will work collaboratively to ensure they have every opportunity to meet their full potential.
Do your students take exams?
Each student has their own curriculum path, encompassing the academic curriculum, the personal curriculum and curriculum choices. At key stage 4 onwards students will have access to a range of qualifications, to suit their needs. It is expected that the majority of our students will sit GCSEs in a small number of subjects but lower level qualifications will also be available.
Do you have spaces for this academic year (2020-2021)?
No. We are full for this year. We cannot take on any more students until September 2021.
Do you have spaces for next academic year? (2021-2022)?
Yes. We are a growing school and will have plenty of spaces next academic year. These spaces will be in key stages 2, 3 and 4 (ages 7-16).
In the future, we will also offer places in key stage 5 (ages 16-19).
Can I visit to look around?
Due to Covid-19 our new school building was not quite ready for the start of term. We are currently based in a temporary site and plan to move over after October half term. We are not seeing visitors at the temporary site but would be happy to show you around once we have moved and are settled.
If you would like to make an appointment to look around our new site, please let us know and we will get in touch when this is possible: email@example.com
How do I apply for my child to go to The Fusion Academy?
If you would like your child to come to The Fusion Academy next year, you will need to speak to the SEN Assessment Service (SENA).
How do I find out further information?
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, leaving your name and phone number, and someone will get back to you.
You can also call us on 01455 616 795. This may take you through to the school office for Dorothy Goodman School (we are having a few phone issues currently) but they will be able to put you through to The Fusion Academy team.