Due to positive Covid-19 cases in the school community, some pupils need to self-isolate. All pupils who have been sent home to isolate must get a PCR test. Pupils must continue to isolate, even if the PCR test is negative.

  • Some Y7 and Y9 pupils return on 21st June 2021
  • Some Y7 / Y8 / Y10 pupils return on 22nd June 2021
  • Some Y7 pupils must isolate until 25th June.
  • Some Y9 pupils to return on 28th June

All lessons for pupils in self-isolation will be on MS Teams from 15th June.

Special Education Needs & Inclusion


The SEN faculty supports students who have additional needs to achieve their full potential – by removing barriers, and making learning accessible for all. The team seeks to promote independence and resilience in all pupils with additional learning needs and shows great care.

The key staff are:

  • Ms A Pearson - SENCO a.pearson@burnage.manchester.sch.uk 
  • Ms Angela Lord – SEN Administrator
  • Mr A Mitchell – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • A team of Teaching Assistants who are deployed based on student need

The team is committed to quality first teaching and to this end the majority of support for students with special educational needs is delivered through differentiation by teaching staff and/or teaching assistants supporting pupils within the mainstream classrooms. However, some students have significant needs which means they may be withdrawn for some extra intervention or placed in a temporary support class to aid their transition into year 7 from primary school.

During KS4, students can carry out qualifications at Entry Level and GSCE, where appropriate, in English, Maths and Science. ASDAN and BTEC level courses are also offered, suited to student interest and to promote independent living skills. This ensures the transition to FE colleges is as successful and meaningful as possible.

In addition to our intervention classes and teaching assistant support, we deliver a range of literacy interventions to boost students’ progress where appropriate.

Specialist and Targeted Support:

We have a clear SEN referral system, working through the principles of the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ SEN strategy. Teachers are encouraged to refer pupils for further support if needed to a faculty SEN/Inclusion link, where additional teaching strategies can be trialled and monitored as part of a team approach to meeting need. To support this work we also have the following professionals in school who may work with students at any time in a more specialist or targeted capacity. Parents will always be a key partner in this process. The team are:

  • Dr Bernice George – Educational Psychologist
  • Sofia Bhutawala – Speech and Language Therapist
  • Anna Ryder – School Counsellor – Specialist in Childhood Trauma and ACES

For more SEN information and our SEN Policy / Information Report 2020-2021 please see our School Policies page.


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