SEND Identification

Early identification of pupils who may have Special Educational Needs is essential. 

We do this through:

  • Close liaison with Primary School SENCOs during transition from Year 6
  • Visits to feeder primaries
  • Form Tutor
  • Assessment of all new arrivals; those that join the school at a different time form the rest of their cohort
  • School Nurse
  • Subject Teacher
  • Parents
  • Any member of staff
  • The individual pupil
  • Outside agencies
  • Regular weekly meetings with teaching staff and teaching assistants to discuss pupil needs. 


Assessment may be through an outside agency such as:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapy Team
  • Sensory Impairment Team
  • Social Services


In-house assessment:

  • Cognitive Abilities Testing (CATs) early on arrival in Year 7
  • Suite of access assessments from Year 7.
  • Access Arrangements


From the Summer Term of Year 9, pupils are assessed for special arrangements for GCSE exams. Examples of the type of Access Arrangements may include:

  • Additional Time
  • Word Processing
  • Voice Recognition
  • Reader
  • Prompt
  • Rest Breaks
  • Scribe
  • Transcript