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, with a modified timetable to focus on skills for life and preparing for the next step after leaving us at the end of Year 11. These classes have a maximum of 12 students, with a high level of additional adult support with a wide range of interventions to support learning and tailored lesson content.


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

  • The Dockside Reading Scheme – designed for KS3 students who have difficulty with their reading skills.
  • 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.
Courses offered:
  • ASDAN – students in KS4 support classes follow a specifically-designed course with the intention of developing independent living skills and preparation for transition to further study at college or work/training.
  • Alternative courses – for some students, GCSE qualifications are not appropriate and alternatives are offered. For more information, please refer to the individual subject pages.
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
SEN Teaching Assistants:
  • Ms N Watt
  • Ms M Varachia
  • Ms E McIntosh
  • Mr A Mitchell
  • Ms P Pugh
  • Ms M Chesters
  • Ms J McDermott
  • Mr N Parry
  • Mr D Hussein
  • Ms S Woodward
  • Ms M Lowe
  • Ms S Fenn
  • Ms A Davies
  • Mr F Valey

SEN Policy And Information Report (Draft)