Special Educational Needs & Disability

Learning Support

Ethos and Overview

The college welcomes all children who would cope with and benefit from a mainstream secondary curriculum. Students with particular special educational needs are supported as appropriate, by high quality teaching in the classroom, extra help in lessons, by having some tuition in small groups, and in some cases by personal tuition. Students with physical disabilities are given every possible support and encouragement to achieve access to the mainstream curriculum. All students with special educational needs participate fully and we believe successfully, in the College community throughout their time here.

Learning Support Department Staff Structure

  • Mr M Watson - Assistant Principal holds National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Mrs S Fuller - SEN Year Manager and Dyslexia Programme Manager
  • Mrs M Greene - SEN Year Manager and Curriculum LSA Manager
  • Mrs K Hawthorne - SEN Year Manager
  • Mrs J Shiell - SEN Year Manager and Student Specific LSA Manager
  • Mrs A Tedford - SEN Year Manager and Dyslexia Programme Manager

The SEN Year Manager stays with their year group while at each campus.

Mrs Hawthorne and Mrs Tedford are based at Frinton Campus.

Mrs Fuller, Mrs Greene and Mrs Shiell are based at Thorpe Campus.

Mr M Watson

Assistant Principal

Special Needs Facilities:

  • Both campuses have disabled toilet facilities.
  • Both campuses have a hygiene room that provides facilities for showering and changing. This room also contains a hoist.
  • Both campuses are fully accessible due to a lift system and overall changes to the sites.
  • Columns and poles are colour coded in yellow/black to aid identification for Visually Impaired students.
  • Stair treads are regularly checked and colour coded if needed.
  • Personal Evacuations Plans are written up for every student with a disability, in the event of a fire.
  • Learning Support Assistance will accompany identified students on trips, visits etc. where necessary.
  • Annual Reviews are conducted to check on the progression and entitlement of students.

The Autisum Support Centre

The Autisum Support Centre is an enhanced provision and part of the Essex County Council Autism Hub. The Hub provision is for children with high functioning autism and comprises of 8 centres, four based in primary schools and four based in secondary schools. Our Centre serves the North East region of Essex

Staff Structure:

Mrs Maria Martin - Lead Teacher who holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators.

Miss K Virgo - Autism Spectrum Learning Support Assistant

Mrs M Richardson - Autism Spectrum Learning Support Assistant

Mrs H Badham - Autism Spectrum Learning Support Assistant

SEND Policy 2016.pdf
SEN Information Report 2016 -2017.pdf