The School's SENCo is Mrs C Gibbons

The School's Governor for SEND is Mrs J Smith

You can reach both using the school's enquires email

The Special Educational Needs Policy of the school takes careful account of the Code of Practice (January 2015) and the Special Needs and Disability Act 2001. It reflects the school’s belief that all students have skills, talents and abilities and recognises that the school has a responsibility to develop these to the full. The aims of the policy are:

  • To give all students access to a broad and balanced curriculum suitably differentiated to meet their needs
  • To provide additional support including skilled staff, specialist equipment and resources wherever necessary to students who have special educational needs
  • To offer special programmes designed to maximise opportunities when students leave the school including preparation for work or continuing education
  • To encourage awareness that the learning needs of all students are of equal value
  • To give all students the opportunity to gain a sense of achievement and self-worth from their educational experience at school
  • The school maintains a SEND Register and record individual needs and strategies for additional support.
  • The designated SENCO liaises with the curriculum and pastoral staff to monitor pupil progress and plan further intervention where progress is lower than expected.

Here at Barnhill we believe that every student deserves to receive a broad and balanced curriculum.  We lead this through quality first teaching, ensuring that any barriers to learning are removed through careful planning, delivery and review of practice.  We are proud of our alternative curriculum that allow learners to access a wide range of learning opportunities.

The SEND department is forward facing and at the heart of the school.  We work tirelessly to ensure our students are able to thrive within the learning environment, that they feel well supported by reasonable adjustments to support their special educational needs.  Most importantly, that students leave Barnhill happy, with excellent outcomes and are able to contribute to the wider community.

Transition from Primary to Secondary can also be a stressful time for the parents and carers of children and young people with SEND. We ensure we work closely with parents, Primary Schools and students to help all involved feel confident that they have the right information and are well prepared for the process. We strive to ensure good communication and a consistent approach between home and school to help support children and young people through transition.

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