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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Provision is made for those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to ensure that they have equality of opportunity and aim to fulfil their potential.

Who Do I Go To If I Want To Talk About SEND Support?

The SEND Department is managed on a day to day basis by Mrs Heather Smith (SENCO). She can be contacted on 01767 680598 or at

The following staff members work within the SEND Department: Mrs Cheryl Anderson (Learning Support Assistant - LSA), Mrs Lesley Fage (LSA), Mrs Alison Hawkins (LSA), Mrs Natasha Hetherington (LSA), Mrs Jill Wallace (LSA) and Miss Sabina Nessa (LSA)

The LSAs have received the following training: - Effective questioning within the classroom to support those with SEND - Effectively supporting learners within the classroom to ensure good teaching and learning - Behaviour management training delivered by the Deputy Head at Oak Bank School - Access arrangements for examinations

Two members of our department are trained in the teaching of the ‘Sounds-Write’ program – a synthetic phonics program to support spelling.

The SENCO holds the following qualifications: BA Hons (Hertfordshire), Dip. RSA (Northampton), SpLD APC (Patoss).

Miss Karen Hayward is the Principal and Line Manager to the Department and has overall responsibility for the SEND Department.

How Can My Child Be Helped?

Students' needs are met using a graduated approach; students are identified (by teachers/Learning Support Assistants, parents/guardians or the students themselves, then assessed). If students require additional support, a plan is put in place and carried through within the timescale set. The student’s progress is then reviewed. The support can be provided in a number of ways such as:

  • Differentiation of work (such as by task, time scale, outcome, presentation, output) and/or questions by the teacher in the classroom
  • Learning Support Assistant presence in the classroom
  • Time in the SEND Department (such as lunchtime, after school, during registration, or a modified or reduced timetable)
  • Personal Achievement Plan (PAP) drawn up by staff, students and parents/guardians and reviewed every six months
  • Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) followed and reviewed annually
  • Examination support and access arrangements
  • Mentor or Key Worker regular meetings
  • Specialist programmes (such as, the reading scheme, a phonics program, handwriting scheme, touch typing program or social studies)
  • Pastoral Support Plan
  • Meetings with the School Nurse
  • Visual or Hearing Impairment Service involvement
  • Support from the Medical Needs Team

Sessions with outside agencies (such as CHUMS, CAMHS, Educational Psychologist or the ASD Outreach Worker). There may be occasions where students access some of the support above without being identified on the SEND profile.

Further information on SEND support in the School can be found in the School’s SEN policy.

What Else Is Available?

  • Pupil premium and free school meals: for further information please visit Information can be found on free school meals in the ‘Parents’ tab at the top of the webpage. Alternatively, email the School on or ring us on 01767 680598
  • School transport: for further information, please visit Information can be found on transport in the ‘Parents’ tab at the top of the webpage. Alternatively, email the School on or ring us on 01767 680598

Transition: The admission arrangements for students with SEN are set out in the School’s Admissions Policy. To support those with SEN, the SENCO meets with the middle school SENCOs prior to transition to ensure effective information sharing and a smooth transition. Advice and guidance can be given on transition post 16 and those with an EHCP are closely supported through this stage.

What Other Agencies Can Offer Help?

The School works in partnership with parents/guardians and with other outside agencies to identify the needs, provide support and monitor the progress of all students.

Further support can be sought from the following places:

  • This website gives links to pages and information on support that is offered locally through the Central Bedfordshire Authority.
  • This webpage hosts a number of links to information on thirteen different areas of need along with useful contact information and other sources of need and support.
  • Central Bedfordshire Parent Partnership Service – this is a free confidential support service for parents and guardians of children with SEN. They can be contacted on 0300 300 8088. Their website is
  • Autism Beds: Free drop in sessions for parents/guardians who have just received a diagnosis that their child has Autism. Their contact number is 01234 214871
  • The Avenue: This is a support group run by families for families with parents/guardians that understand the highs and lows of living with autism. Their website is and their phone number is 07425 551110
  • Carers in Bedfordshire: this offers parent/guardian drop in groups. They can be contacted at 0300 111 1919
  • Kids in Action...: This is a local charity supporting children with SEN and their parents/guardians. Their website is and their number is 01582 477762
  • Outside-In is a local group that can offer support and information on ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Conditions. They can be contacted at or on 01462 813282
  • The ADHD Support Group: Support group based at the Child Development Centre in Kempston. They can be contacted on 01234 857678 or
  • CHUMS is the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing service and offers support to children and their parents/guardians. They can be contacted on or on 01525 863924
  • British Dyslexia Association: This is a dyslexia friendly organisation and local groups can be found at this

Please do not hesitate to contact the School’s SENCO, Mrs H Smith, if you would like to talk through any of this in more detail.

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