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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We believe that every child at our Academy is unique and special, so we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all. We are committed to developing cultures, policies and practices that are inclusive. Systems are in place to identify when children have barriers affecting their learning, followed by specific interventions to help children overcome these barriers. This practice of personalising learning applies to all children. For academically more able children this means provision of appropriate challenge to develop their particular talents. Where children are identified as needing additional support in any aspect, the academy follows the Code of Practice. This ensures that each child’s needs are individually and appropriately catered for, and that any outside agencies are involved in providing guidance and support. The key principles of the code of practice are:

  • The participation of children, their parents and young people in decision making

    ·   The early identification of children and young people’s need and early intervention to support

    ·   Greater choice and control for young people and parents over support

    ·   Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support

  • High quality provision to meet the needs of children with SEN


The school's Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Angela Parsons, oversees the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy and co-ordinates provision for children with SEND. 


Local Authorities are required to publish information on all of the provision that they expect to be available across available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.  This information is available on the local authority websites here:

Warwickshire’s SEND local offer:

This NHS ran page provides information on the different SEN conditions. There are also links to other relevant and useful pages:


The academies SEND offer and SEND policies are available on our policies page here.



Glossary of Terms

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

ASC – Autism Spectrum Condition
CAF - Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CLA - Child Looked After
COP – Code of Practice

CP – Child Protection
EAL - English as an Additional Language
EHCP – Educational Health and Care Plan

EP – Educational Psychologist

FSM - Free School Meals

ISP – individual Support Plan
KS – Key Stage
LA – Local Authority
MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulty
NC – National Curriculum
OT – Occupational Therapist
SALT – Speech and Language Therapy

SEN – Special Educational Needs
SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
SENDCO – Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator

SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health

SCL - Social, Communication and Language
VI – Visual Impairment