SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) at Coombswood School

Coombswood School values the abilities and achievements of all its learners and is committed to providing every one of them with the best possible environment for learning, enabling them to thrive. We value the contribution that every learner makes and welcome a diversity of culture, religion and intellect. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our learners whatever their needs and abilities.

Coombswood School seeks to raise the levels of attainment, remove barriers to learning, and increase physical and curricular access to all. All learners are valued, respected and treated as equal members of the school. As such, provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the school as a whole. Regular communication takes place between staff and our SENDCo, to identify young people who might need further assessment.

All learners have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which outlines their specific challenges and how staff at Coombswood School can support them to achieve these goals. Learners are involved in creating these plans and in reviewing and updating them on a termly basis, as they progress through the school. We work closely and collaboratively with parents and carers, ensuring consistent and ongoing discussions take place, as we understand the essential role this plays in every aspect of our special educational needs provision.

We provide support and advice to parents on initiating or making applications for Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), and provide necessary reports and documentation to support these applications. We can also arrange for assessments and/or intervention from outside agencies, and liaise and meet with external agencies who are involved in supporting our learners and their families.

Differentiated subject work, support programmes and assignments are implemented according to each learner’s needs and are delivered in the context of Quality First Teaching (QFT), by our committed team of teachers, teaching assistants and 1:1 teaching assistants.

We work with a number of professionals including Speech and Language Therapists, CAMHS, Educational psychologists, and provide in-class support targeted at enabling learners to have access to the whole curriculum.

Our SENDCo leads on, and completes the necessary paperwork for the annual review cycle for EHCP’s and learners are involved in the Annual SEND Review meeting, so they can provide feedback on their education and progress.

SEND Newsletters

March 2024 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter

October 2023 Newsletter