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Bader Academy is a special school in Doncaster

Bader Academy is a brand new special school, with our new building that opened in Edenthorpe, Doncaster in January 2021. The school opened on a temporary site (The Bridge), to a smaller number of pupils, in September 2020. Our academy meets the needs of children and young people, aged 5-19, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan with a primary diagnosis of Communication and Interaction Difficulties.

The school has been named after Sir Douglas Bader, a local war hero who lost both his legs whilst learning to fly. Through true grit and determination he overcame his condition to become a legendary fighter pilot, leader and pioneer in World War 2. He was famed for his story of overcoming adversity to achieve great things, and it is hoped this will inspire young people attending the school to reach for the sky and achieve their dreams.

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2020 - 2021 Prospectus

Bader Academy Prospectus

To view the 2020 - 2021 Bader Academy prospectus, please download our digital version below.


Bader Academy’s Vision

Vision, Values and Principles

Bader's Vision

Bader will not only provide a curriculum which will enrich the lives of those who attend, it will be an activist for positive change for all our pupils, our school and the global community.

The vision for Bader school was born out of research and ideologies and will underpin all that we do.

The 6 Change maker values and principles will support us to achieve our vision and will provide the bedrock for all our work.

Adaptable - We know that the world around us is changing. We will embrace this and support our young people to have the confidence to choose paths less trodden than before.

Brave - Growth does not happen in our comfort zone. At Bader we will stretch and challenge our learners and they will understand the importance of learning from failure and enjoy the learning that occurs this way.

Positivity - Life is not always easy. Wellbeing, healthy living and strategies to improve our outlook will play a huge a part in the Bader daily life and will support our young people to deal with issues in ways which promotes positivity.

Future - lifestyles, the world of work and society in general will be much different in years to come and we need to ensure our curriculum develops the life skills to ensure our young people are successful long after leaving Bader. We will do this by providing a real life, relevant, knowledge rich project-based approach.

Share - We cannot do this alone. Life is built on relationships and at Bader we know that to enrich the lives of the children we educate we need to share ourselves with the world. Bader will not be isolated and our learners will hold their rightful place in society.

Love - We love who we are, we love learning, we love our school.

Bader Academy’s Mission

Our learners and their families are at the centre of what we do; empowered to learn and achieve; valued within our and their communities as visible, resilient, active and responsible citizens.

Our employees and partners are passionate about being the best that they can be; providing opportunities for enriched learning and pathways to employment and independence.

Our school is relentlessly focused on improvement; it values and celebrates success and builds partnerships to develop personalised provision with and for those we serve.

Bader Academy's Ethos

"Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Ready"

This is shared with and emphasised to all learners and staff alike.

To treat others with kindness.

To keep ourselves and others safe - in school, at home, in the community.

To be ready for anything - for learning, for playing, for having fun, and to be ourselves!

Admissions / Statement of Provision

Bader Academy is a special school which provides 100 places for children in the age range 5 -19 with Communication and Interaction Difficulties (primarily high functioning autism spectrum disorder - ASD and Asperger’s), with related Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). Some children may also have specific learning difficulties (SPLD) as an additional need but will not have significant learning difficulties.

For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s education health and care plan (‘EHCP’).

Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.

A local authority can also refer a child to the school to be assessed for an EHCP plan or following a change in the child’s circumstances for his or her needs to be assessed or reassessed. Any assessment should be completed within the 20 weeks set out in the SEND Code.

Children being assessed for an EHCP will be dual registered and return, full time, to their mainstream school if the Local Authority decides not to issue an EHCP.

The school is not responsible for allocating school places as the above process must be followed.

For further information and advice for parents and carers living within the Doncaster area please contact Doncaster Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Support Service (SENDIASS) on the following: Telephone: 01302 736920, Email: sendias@doncaster.gov.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/DoncasterSENDIAS

Click here to see a full copy of the Admissions Policy and Statement of Provision

Download - Admissions Policy
Download - Statement of Provision

Nexus MAT

Nexus Multi-Academy Trust

Bader Academy is part of Nexus Multi-Academy Trust who have lots of expertise and experience running special schools across South Yorkshire Yorkshire.

Please visit their website to find out more http://nexusmat.org/

Curriculum Delivery

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Assessment, Recording and Progress

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Behaviour for Learning

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Organisation of Pupils

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Teaching Time

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English as an Additional Language, Gifted and Talented and LAC

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Provision for SEND

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Community/Local Businesses

At Bader Academy we encourage working in partnership with the community and local businesses particularly to develop opportunities for our young people. If you are interested in discussing this please get in touch with the school.

Equality Objectives

Public Sector Equality Duty

The public sector Equality Duty (PSED), part of the Equality Act, came into force in April 2011. It requires organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations.

The duty has a key role to play in making sure that fairness is at the heart of public bodies’ work and that public services meet the needs of different groups. It covers a range of public bodies, including academies, schools, NHS organisations, government departments, local authorities, and police authorities.

The duty replaces the three former duties that required government departments, local authorities and other public bodies to take into account gender, race and disability equality both as employers and when making policy decisions and delivering services. The duty standardises this requirement and also extends it to cover age, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.

The general equality duty

Section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 puts various requirements on academies when exercising their functions. The general duty requires academies to have due regard to:

eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act
advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Having ‘due regard’ means consciously thinking about the three aims of the PSED as part of the process of decision-making. This means that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by academies, such as:

  • how they act as employers
  • how they develop, evaluate and review policy
  • how they design, deliver and evaluate services
  • how they commission and procure from others

The Trusts Equality Act Duty information can be found here.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-22

Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-22 PDF


Sports Premium Strategy 2021-22

Sports Premium Strategy 2021-22 PDF


Bader Academy Location
Bader Academy Location

The Bader Academy

Visit our new amazing school in Doncaster

Come and visit our new school when its open at: Bader Academy, Chappell Avenue, Edenthorpe, Doncaster. DN3 2EW.

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