SEND - Special Education Needs and Disabilities

Here at Barnhill, student support, progress and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.  The SEND department works tirelessly to ensure that any child with an additional need has a smooth, positive and empowering transition from KS2 to KS3 and beyond. We appreciate you might be feeling anxious about the new routines and challenges that come with moving school but we can assure you our experienced and professional team are here to support you and your child every step of the way.

Transition – What you can expect from us:

Our team will make it our business to get to know every student and understand more about them as a learner.  Mrs Gibbons, our SENDCo and Mrs Martincevic, our Assistant SENDCo, along with our SEND and EAL teams will liaise closely with Primary settings and families to ensure they have a complete picture of every child.  We will gather relevant information, liaise with outside agencies and, if necessary, provide a bespoke curriculum that ensures academic progression and supports a sense of achievement.

Speech and Language Therapy/Communication (SaLT)

Speech, language and communication are closely linked to behaviour, attainment, how young people interact with their peers and how they feel about themselves.  At Barnhill we recognise the importance of this as a daily need.   When a student is identified with this need we work closely with the student in small groups to overcome these difficulties, which will enable them to fully engage in all aspects of school life.

Thinking Reading

Thinking Reading is a whole-school strategy with an intensive, one-to-one intervention to ensure that all pupils leave secondary school reading well.

Students are identified by completing reading tests at the beginning of each academic year and from this we can identify students who would benefit from this invention, with the aim of each student reaching their reading age before completing the intervention.  Thus ensuring that these students can fully engage in all classroom learning, have improved confidence and are able to reach their full potential.

Outside Agencies

We also employ the skills and services of a number of outside agencies to work closely with students who have additional needs.  These services and varied and non exhaustive and include:

  • Hearing Impairment specialists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Play therapists
  • ASD Specialists
  • Physical Therapists

We have attached a booklet of activities below for your child to complete before they start here at Barnhill. This will help us get to know them a little better.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer them.  We very much look forward to meeting you and your child and welcoming you to the Barnhill community.

Deputy SENDCo – Mrs Gibbons

Assistant SENDCo – Mrs Martincevic