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Special Education Needs


At Abbeywood Community School, we believe passionately that each student has personal and unique needs. We work hard to ensure that all students with additional needs are identified quickly and support put in place so that they make the very best progress that they can.

Definition of SEN:

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need.

The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEN as:

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

There are four main areas of SEN:

1. Communication and interaction

2. Cognition and learning

3. Social, mental and emotional health

4. Sensory and/or physical

We have a specialist Resource Base on site, commissioned by the Local Authority for 25 students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

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Useful Links and support

National Association of Special Education:

Supportive parents:

South Glos Parents and Carers:


The National Autistic Society:

Autism Services Directory:

Parent to Parent: 0808 800 4106

Education Rights: 0800 800 4102

Autism Helpline: 0808 800 4104

South Gloucestershire NAS Branch

Branch Officers Joanne Osborne and Maria Watkins: 07917 085132


British Dyslexia Association:

National Helpline: 0333 405 4567


Speech Language and Communication Needs:

Tourettes Action Group 


Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND)?


Summary of Responsibilities

The strategic SENCo and Line manager for SEND Erica Wolstenholme and The Deputy Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Judith Waring supported by a team of a specialist team of teaching assistants

The SEN Team is responsible for:

  • co-ordinating provision for students with special educational needs
  • identifying a teaching assistant to act as a key worker for your child
  • liaising with and advising teachers
  • managing other classroom staff involved in supporting vulnerable learners
  • overseeing the records on all students with Special Educational Needs
  • working closely with parents ensuring you are:
  • - involved in supporting your child’s learning
  • involved in reviewing how they are doing
  • part of the process of planning ahead for them
  • contributing to the in-service training of staff so that teachers and support staff can help your child so that they make good progress
  • Meet with you 3 times a year – listening to your views and together with your child planning and reviewing targets that will support their learning
  • implementing a programme of Annual Reviews for all students with an Educational Health and Care Plan
  • overseeing the smooth running of transition arrangements and transfer of information for Year 6, Yr 11 and Yr 13 students
  • liaising sensitively with parents and families of pupils on the SEN register, keeping them informed of progress and listening to their views
  • liaising with the school’s Inclusion Governor, keeping them informed of current issues regarding provision for students with SEN
  • liaising closely with other professionals to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Educational Pyschologist



Teachers will work hard to:

  • check the progress of your child and identify, plan and deliver additional support as necessary working closely with the SEN team
  • provide feedback to your child on what they have achieved and how they can progress
  • know the needs of the students (student passports) and plan their lessons accordingly to meet these needs

Tutors, Head of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and Raising Standard Leaders

  • Closely track progress and liaise with teachers and the SEN team if a student is not making expected progress

SEN Governor

  • Liaising closely with the SENCo and Lead for Inclusion to ensure there are clear processes and procedures in place for students with SEN 

Head Teacher Dave Howe

Mr.Howe is responsible for:

  • Overall responsibility for your child’s provision