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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

Welcome to our SEND page, full of information about our offer for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We have a dedicated team of Teaching Assistants who work with our students to help them enjoy learning and succeed in their studies.

Whilst no two students are the same, our support often involves:

  • helping teachers to offer their students a choice of tasks (so that lessons are suitable for the range of abilities in their class)
  • providing in-class support to students
  • individual or group interventions to support students with a specific topic

For each student with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, we pair them with a key staff member who can act as the main link for that student and their parents/carers. We listen to the student’s and parent’s wishes when planning support.


Are you a parent or carer of a SEND student?

Have a look at these key resources


Our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) from September 2020 is Ms J Russell and she can be contacted at the academy through main reception.

Download our SEND Report – this is our key document explaining what support for SEND students looks like in our academy, who to contact, how we monitor progress and more.

Visit the Manchester Local Offer website, which helps children, young people and their parents and carers to understand what services and support they can expect from a range of local agencies – including their statutory entitlements.


Other useful resources and links

Key academy policies relating to SEND:

SEND and inclusion policy

Disability and accessibility policy

Medical treatment policy

Downloadable guides to our support

SEND provisions – an overview of the kinds of strategies we use for different kinds of needs.

Waves of interventions – an overview of the different levels of support available for the students who need them.

Graduated response flowchart – a diagram which explains how we ensure students get the right level of support for their needs.

Access arrangements – a diagram showing how we embed Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) from Year 7 onwards, so that we ensure students get the right support in their final exams.

Accessibility plan – sets out the proposals of the Proprietor/Governing Body of the school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Example of a pupil passport – these are the handy one-page summaries of students’ needs for academy staff.

Alternative curriculum – an overview of a special curriculum for some SEND students, studied in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Useful links

Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester on Manchester City Council’s website, including advice, information and individual support about the special educational needs system including Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Talbot House ( – supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.

IDL dyslexia intervention (