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Special Educational Needs

We are an inclusive school where we focus on the wellbeing and progress of every student and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We value diversity and seek to give everyone in the school an equal chance to learn. Our guiding principle is to identify and break down possible barriers to learning and for all students to ‘achieve their very best’. 

Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

A student has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for Special Educational provision to be made for them. The government's code of practice states that a young person has a learning difficulty if they:

  • have a greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age or

  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in mainstream school.

The code of practice describes four areas of difficulty. We recognise that some students will experience difficulties in more than one area:

  • learning

  • social, emotional and mental health

  • language, speech and communication (including students with autistic spectrum condition)

  • physical and medical needs (including sensory difficulties – sight and hearing) 

The aim of our SEND policy

The aim of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy is to communicate what support is available for students with special educational needs to ensure they make the greatest possible progress. This is based on whole school systems of identifying, assessing, monitoring and intervention. 

Our special educational needs policy can be found here, along with information about the local offer and our latest report on special educational needs.