Special Educational Needs

John Spence Community High School is committed to ensuring that students with special educational needs are fully supported in order for them to gain full access to the curriculum.

Teaching in school is of a high standard and is appropriate and beneficial for most students. However, we all know that for some youngsters, special attention is essential. This may be because:

  • a student has difficulty with basic skills like reading, writing and/or mathematics
  • English is not a student’s first language
  • a physical disability is affecting a student’s learning
  • some gifted and talented students require extra support to fulfil their potential

John Spence Community High School prides itself on being an inclusive school and works very closely with the Learning Support Unit and the Learning Mentors in providing a personalised curriculum for those students with special needs. This can include in-class support from a team of specially trained Special Support Assistants, withdrawal groups for literacy and numeracy, personalised one-to-one sessions, and communication groups for all year groups.

The Special Needs Department works closely with all mainstream teachers to ensure there is continuity of the curriculum if a student is withdrawn or in order to prepare them for future lessons. Where students are withdrawn from subjects, extra literacy and numeracy groups are put in place to ensure these skills are reinforced.

The Special Educational Needs Department also works very closely with parents, especially those whose children have statements, and appreciates their input in all aspects of the child’s life in school. Parents whose child is on the register of special needs at ‘School Action Plus’ can be assured that their child will also benefit from specialist support from within the department as well as from Local Authority support staff. Parents whose child is on the special needs register at ‘School Action’ can be assured that, in the majority of cases, this involves alerting teachers of short term concerns and putting some extra support in place to remedy the problem.

Teenage years can be an emotionally difficult time for many youngsters. When problems exist and we are unable to resolve these issues ourselves, we can call on the support of allied agencies in the psychological, social and medical fields.

My son struggles with his lessons but staff make him feel so comfortable that he really enjoys going to school.

Parent quoted in Ofsted Report

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me  using the details below.

Mr A Purvis Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO)

Tel: 0191 2961432