Special Education Needs

The SEN Faculty
Faculty Ethos:

The SEN faculty supports students who have additional needs to achieve their full potential – by removing barriers, and making learning accessible for all.

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. The support classes have a maximum of twelve students and benefit from a high level of additional adult support. Classes are delivered with high levels of differentiation, to match student needs and to ensure accessibility and success in education.

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 support classes and teaching assistant support, we deliver the following interventions where appropriate:

  • The Dockside Reading Scheme – designed for KS3 struggling readers.
  • Reading Intervention, Corrective Reading and Rapid 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 of our students have specific needs which cannot be met by a teacher or teaching assistant. 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
  • Sofia Bhutawala – Speech and Language Therapist
  • Ellie Bamber – Occupational Therapist
  • Anna Ryder – School Counsellor
The SEN Faculty:
  • Mrs Farr – Head of Special Educational Needs and SENDCO
  • Ms K Horne – SENDCO
  • Ms Angela Lord – SEN Administrator
SEN Teachers:
  • Ms N Watt
  • Ms M Varachia
  • Ms E McIntosh
  • Mr A Mitchell
  • Ms P Pugh

A team of teaching assistants work across all faculties to provide specialised support to students to achieve to their full potential.

SEN Policy And Information Report (Draft)