Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Amanda Houghton

Meadowhead Engagement and Welfare Team

Based in a specially designed student support area (the Bridge), the Engagement and WelfareTeam brings together any support that pupils may need.  Established to remove barriers to learning, the team consists of the Learning Support Team led by the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and other experts including an Education Welfare Officer (EWO), a Home & School Liaison Teacher, a Counsellor, Heads of Year, and the Pastoral Managers.

The Bridge itself provides a short-term sanctuary for those who require support through periods of personal/social difficulties.  Programmes are offered to support behaviour modification, relationship building, raising esteem and finding ways through the myriad of problems presented or perceived by today's young people.

The team has close links with outside agencies and has regular meetings with many of their representatives.  Often working in tandem with them, it is the team's aim to provide or have access to 'wrap around care' for the whole child.

Support in lessons and in small withdrawal groups is provided when needed for those students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health & Care Plan or those having particular learning difficulties.  Lessons are differentiated to support all students in mainstream lessons.

Setting in Mathematics enables small groups to be constructed, which provides appropriate support in numeracy across both KS3 and KS4.  A similar approach for supporting students encountering difficulties in foreign languages is also provided in Year 7 and Year 8.

Provision at KS4 is made through appropriate courses offering personalised learning through a clear and focused pathway.  A work-related course for those students who it is deemed appropriate will be offered an alternative curriculum.  This may consist of a combination of the core curriculum, appropriate subject options and a work-related experience.

Meadowhead Student Mentors

Volunteer students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are trained as mentors to assist with the Year 7 transition process and continue support into Year 8.  These students wear a different coloured sweatshirt for identification during their period of support.  These mentors also provide help and guidance to parents during Parents' Evenings and to visitors to the school - particularly when on interview. 

The mentors are an asset to the school and a valuable resource to Year 7 and Year 8 students.  Many of them are also trained as Reading Partners and foster a 1:1 mentoring relationship as they read with a Year 7 partner half an hour each week up until Christmas in Year 8.

  1. SEN Information Report Sept 2018 (includes SEN Policy)