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Special Educational Needs


My name is Sarah Baxter and I am the school’s Inclusion Leader and SENCo.  I am available to speak with you about any aspect of your child’s special educational needs. Please contact me at school on 01778 347450 or email


What does the SENCo do?

In conjunction with the Head Teacher and the governing body, I support staff in developing high quality teaching and the effective use of resources to bring about improved standards of achievement for pupils with special educational needs.


I am responsible for ensuring that pupils with special or additional needs receive their full educational entitlement and have access to the whole curriculum.


I am supported in my role by Maria Williams.


My other responsibilities include:


  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy.
  • Acting as a role model for quality first teaching for all pupils and disseminating good practice in SEN across the school.
  • Supporting teachers and teaching staff in the identification and implementation of the most effective teaching approaches for pupils with SEN.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEN and those who have education, health and care (EHC) plans.
  • Advising on a graduated approach to providing additional SEN support
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEN and listening to their views.
  • Developing links with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies.
  • Building links with other schools to ensure a young person with SEN and his/her parents are informed about options and a smooth transition to secondary education is planned.
  • Working with the Head Teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.
  • Working alongside our designated SEND Governor, Mr Mark Gregson and reporting on the effectiveness of SEN provision.
  • Devising and monitoring Health Care Plans in conjunction with the class teacher and parents.
  • Providing support and training for all staff in areas of SEN.
  • Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all children with SEN up to date.