Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The school's SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) is Mr Graham Simpson.
From time to time, some children will plateau with their progress and require intervention to narrow the gap or boost achievement. This will be carried out as part of class teaching. However, sometimes when children make are still making limited progress after inventions have been implemented, the advice of the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator or SENCo may be sought by the classteacher. If achievement does not improve, the SENCo can engage outside agencies, i.e. an education psychologist or the speech and language service to carry out assessments of the child's needs and draw up personalised learning plans if appropriate. The personalised learning plan can be carried out by an adult outside of the class lessons or alongside the child in the classroom.
All children on the SEN Code of Practice have a Support Plan which should be shared with parents regularly. Please refer to the school's special educational needs policy for more information.
Having a child with special educational needs can be daunting for some parents who may feel unequipped to deal with the difficulties their child faces. There are support services available to give advice and help if needed.
New SEND reforms came in during August 2014. This will change the way children and young people with SEND are supported from 0-25 years. Please refer to this guidance for Parents and Carers from the DFE for more information.
Local Special Needs Support Groups
Bridport ASD and ADHD Support Group
Every other Wednesday 6.30-8.30 Bridport Children’s Centre
Contact Emma 01308 458554 /Tasha 07969608268
Yeovil Parent Support Group
3rd Wednesday of each month Fairmead School, Mudford Road, Yeovil BA21 4NZ
Contact Steve Coles 01935 421295
Gillingham Parent Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month 1.30-3pm Gillingham Children’s Centre
Contact Kirsty 01747 823562 email@example.com
Blandford ASD and ADHD Support Group
4th Monday of each month 10-11.30 Blandford Children’s Centre
Contact Kevin Anthony 07776472746 /Caroline Anthony 07717361356
More Able Children
All pupils in our school are taught to their ability within the remit of the new National Curriculum. Our most able children are idenitifed by the school quickly and we are proud of the fact that we encourage every individual to reach their potential. These pupils are challenged within the classroom through higher order questioning and differentiated activities. There are also opportunities to extend learning through activities at other local independent schools, i.e. art enrichment at the Sherborne Boys' School or Leeson House.