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Special Education Needs

The school has a well-established and effective system for meeting the Special Educational Needs of its students.

  • The Head of Learning Support is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and for coordinating educational provision for those students with SEN.
  • A number of trained Teaching Assistants work with highlighted students in a variety of ways.
  • Wherever possible, Teaching Assistants support students within the classroom to assist them with their Individual Education Plans.
  • Teaching Assistants also give additional support in literacy and numeracy.
  • The Learning Support Team prides itself in having excellent relationships with students and parents/carers.

The majority of support for students with special educational needs is delivered by teaching assistants within the mainstream classroom. However, some students have significant needs which means they benefit from being in one of our support classes. These classes have a maximum of 12 students, with a high level of additional adult support.

In addition to our support classes and teaching assistant support, we deliver the following interventions where appropriate:-

The Dockside Reading Scheme – designed for KS3 struggling readers

Corrective Reading – designed for students who have difficulties with decoding and/or comprehension of text

IDL – a computer program designed for students with dyslexia

Expert support:

Some students have specific needs which cannot be met by our teachers or teaching assistants. Therefore, we have the following professionals in school who may work with students with SEN:

  • Dr Bernice George - Educational Psychologist
  • Caroline Ritson - Specific Learning Difficulties Teacher
  • Clare Vaughan - Speech Therapist
  • Lianne Hey - Occupational Therapist


The SEN Faculty:

Mrs Farr - Head of Special Educational Needs and SENCO

Ms K Horne - SENCO

Ms Angela Lord - SEN Administrator



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