We have an SEND team with a wealth of experience. Our Deputy Head for Inclusion, Alison Rowbotham, who has her SENCO qualification, oversees this area of school life.
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 & Mrs Rowbotham with writing & implementing EHC plans and other SEND provision.
Catherine Betts coordinates the work of our TA team and ensures that all requirements of EHC plans are met. She is a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
Abigail Martin is our Pastoral Care Mentor. She is a key point of contact for parents and deals with parent queries in the first instance. She is also responsible for attendance and is training to be a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
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:
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;
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.