School Life


SEND Information Report 2022-2023

SEND Policy

“…Student Support became a safe haven where he could be himself and take time out. He could speak with you and laugh or rant. He felt you understood him and he holds you in such high regard. This care was exceptional … and the school needs people like you who will fight the corner of those who appear to outwardly have no difficulties in school, but struggle every day even to turn up.”

Year 11 Parent


The Student Support Department is located opposite the 6th Form Study Centre and is staffed daily between 08.00-17.00. The Department supports all students presenting with SEND and this includes those on an EHC Plan, those formally diagnosed with no plan as well as those who present with traits of ASD, ADHD, etc but do not have a formal diagnosis.

The Department is led by Mrs Richards (SENDCo), supported by Mrs Emily Millar (Additional Student Support Lead), Dr Catherine Garot (Student Support Officer), Miss Macy Brooks (Student Support Assistant), Miss Rebekah McLaren (Student Support Assistant), Rebecca Hogan (Full-time School Counsellor) and Gemma Adania (Specialist Assessor for Specific Learning Difficulties).

The Student Support Team

Rebecca Hogan is an experienced full-time counsellor who works 1-1 with students across all year groups. These are students who require a higher level of support than that offered by the Form Tutor, Head of Year or Student Support.

Gemma Adania provides the school, student and parents with a Specialist Assessor Report detailing the outcomes of her assessment(s) and recommendations for support. Gemma Adania confirms Specific Learning Difficulties and is qualified to make recommendations for Exam Access Arrangements such as Extra Time.

Student Support is an area frequently accessed by students needing a quiet and calm place away from the noisy school environment. This is often a crucial decompression time for some students. In addition to the main area of the Department, there is a ‘chill room’ where students meet at break and lunch to eat and socialise. Some of these students are on reduced timetables to help manage the fatigue they experience from the sensory overload of school and a five-period school day. Some have Time Out Cards which allow them to leave the classroom when they are experiencing high levels of anxiety and/or sensory overload.


Our Aims

The aims of the Student Support Department are to:
  • promote a whole school approach to supporting and understanding all categories of SEND
  • create an environment where vulnerable students feel welcome, safe and confident that they will be listened to and supported
  • equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to provide High Quality Inclusive Teaching and learning opportunities for all students
  • ensure students with SEND (including those with medical needs) can access as full a curriculum as possible, and achieve the best possible outcomes
  • ensure an effective transition from Year 6 into Year 7 for those students already identified with SEND, and to support students with SEND into their next phase of education (or employment) and ultimately adulthood
  • identify, in partnership with teachers and carers/parents, students with SEND and follow the graduated approach of Assess-Plan-Do-Review.
  • establish positive collaboration with parents/carers of students with SEND, with the Local Authority and with other outside agencies, keeping the needs of the student at the centre of all planning
  • keep up to date records of action, support and outcomes for students with SEND
  • ensure students with SEND are represented proportionately in terms of academic progress and participation in inter-house and extra-curricular activities
  • ensure that the statutory requirements of students with a Statement or Education and Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are met

We want to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes for our students with SEND. We want them to become confident individuals making a successful transition into adulthood living.