Our ‘Access and Achievement’ team ensure that all students’ individual learning needs are catered for. The specialist, knowledgeable, passionate and experienced team work alongside students, parents, carers, staff and other stakeholders to ensure that all students can access all they need to achieve their potential.

The team is comprised of specialist teaching staff and up to 20 Teaching Assistants who work with students who need additional help accessing
the curriculum in lessons and throughout the school day. The Access and Achievement team work to identify individual student needs and to provide specialised and targeted support to ensure that all students fulfil their potential. Whether a student has a Special Educational Need or Disability, English as an Additional Language or struggle to access the curriculum in any way the team endeavour to ensure that appropriate support and provision is in place to ensure that they can access the curriculum and achieve their very best. This support can take many forms: Literacy & Numeracy tuition; in-class support; small group work; one to one sessions for Dyslexia with a specialist teacher; one to one support for other learning difficulties;
access to specialist equipment or programmes or time in our THINC room.

Students working with the Access and Achievement Team will be provided with clear targets for progress which will be regularly reviewed and shared with all stakeholders. Specific interventions and bespoke programmes are carefully orchestrated and closely monitored to meet the individual needs of each student ensuring that there are no barriers to success. The department also offers an invite only break, lunchtime and homework club, which are all places that students identified can meet, study, complete homework and socialise.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Leader, the SENDCO or the Access and Achievement Coordinators to discuss any concerns regarding specialist provision for your child. Please find our SEN Policy below, this contains information about our provision, resources and making complaints.

SENDCO, Assistant Headteacher / Director of Access & Achievement - Ms. S Wickstead

Curriculum Leader - Access & Achievement: Mrs. S Stapley

Assistant Curriculum Leader - Access & Achievement - Mrs. A. Dawson

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