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Our SEND Team have a wealth of experience.

Becky French is the SENCO and is currently completing her SENCO qualification. She is able to deal with parent's queries regarding SEND provision in the school.


Heather Rigaut is a Designated Safeguarding Officer. She deals with referrals to Social Care. She also liaises with outside agencies to ensure the correct provision is in place for all of our children as well as supporting Ms French  with writing & implementing EHC plans and other SEND provision.


Karen Keohane works with individual pupils who are identified as needing support with speech, language or reading.


Mike Davey, Chair of Governors, oversees this area of school life. If you would like to contact him directly, this can be done via the Governors page.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: for 0 – 25 years (2014):  states that:

A child or young person has Special Educational Needs (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:


a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them 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.

At Abbey Meadows we believe that:

  • all children should be valued regardless of their abilities or difficulties
  • all children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet individual needs
  • all teachers are teachers of children with SEN
  • all children can be enabled to fulfil their potential through effective teaching and learning, supporting and encouraging
  • effective assessment and provision for children with SEN will be secured with partnership with parents/carers, children, the Local Education Authority and any relevant outside agencies


Our policies reflect our commitment to fulfil our responsibilities to those children who may need support during their time with us.

The role of the SENCO: what do you need to know?


The SENCO has a critical role and ensures that children with special educational needs and disabilities within Abbey Meadows receive the support they need.


The SENDCO oversees the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy by;

  • Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEN.
  • Liaising with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies.
  • Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date.

Contact SEND Team

If your child has a special educational need, the school’s SENDCO is likely to play a big part in thier day-to-day life and learning. Contact Becky French or Alison Rowbotham- Deputy Head Teacher (Inclusion) to discuss how the school can help your child.