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The SEND Department


The SEND department is the largest department in the School and is led by Rebecca Sharples, the Special Needs Coordinator and Assistant Principal.  The team is made up of 17 Learning Support Assistants with many years of experience and specialisms in different subjects, a Teacher of the Deaf, 3 Specialist teachers, a part time SPLD specialist teacher and a SEN Administrator. 


Aim of the SEND Department


The aim of the department and of the whole school is to help remove barriers to learning and to enable students to access the curriculum. We aim "to create a place of learning where every young person can be happy, successful, healthy and safe and contribute to the communities in which they live, learn and play".


Learning Support Assistants


The Learning Support Assistants provide in-class support for pupils with Special educational needs.  In addition they also deliver workshops to those that need additional intervention.  Students are screened when they start school and then appropriate support can be put in place to address any needs.




There is an "Access" class in year 7, 8 and 9.  These classes are taught by a specialist teacher and have LSA support in class.  These rooms are extremely well furnished and resourced, providing students with a comfortable and appropriate learning environment.  In addition there are two further class rooms for withdrawal lessons and workshops.  A homework workshop also runs after school on Thursday’s and are staffed by Learning Support Assistants.   There is also a Hearing Impaired Resource managed by Ms Wong, Teacher of the Deaf.  All Hearing Impaired students are fully integrated into mainstream lessons.




SEN Team


Rebecca Sharples SENCO


Maggie Wong - Teacher of the Deaf


Lyn Smith SEN Adminstrator


Vicky Smith - Access Teacher


Karen Doyle - Access Teacher


Rebecca Roscoe - Access Teacher




Access Arrangements can be provided for external examinations as long as there is a history of need and provision or evidence is provided to substantiate the need.



 External Agencies.


The department works closely with the Inclusion Support Service and the Educational Psychology Service who provide support, advice, assessment and training on all matters relating to the special educational needs of individual students.




You can download the IDL program from the following link and use the login below to access it.


Username: (pupils login details)

Password: (pupils login details)



- Accessibility Plan

- SEN Policy

- SEN Local Offer

- SEND Report

- ASDAN Newsletter

- SEN web site guidance for parents

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