Special Educational Needs & Disability

A graduated, inclusive, response to SEND

Special Educational Needs & Disability

Abbey Park School provides a graduated, inclusive, response to special educational needs and disability (SEND) tailored to individual need. We aim to develop independent learners who are resourceful, resilient, cooperative and reflective; students who are ready for their journey into further education and work.


What does being inclusive mean for students with special educational needs and disability (SEND)?

  • Students are taught in mainstream classes with their peers as much as possible and for the majority of their timetable.
  • The school ensures that students can join in all the activities such as educational trips and extra curricula activities.
  • The school works hard to foster emotional and social development of all students including measures to prevent bullying.
  • The views of all students are listened to through the tutoring and mentoring process and the school council. For those students who find it hard to express their views or need support, we provide specialist mentors, social skills groups and one to one counselling.
  • We welcome communication from parents / carers and encourage their involvement in their child’s education.
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants are consistently updated regarding the educational needs for students with SEND and receive regular professional development and support.

Who do I contact if I am concerned my child has special educational needs and disabilities?

  • Mr D Williams - Assistant Principal and Strategic SENDCO
  • Mrs D Ellis - Assistant SENDCO
  • Ms J Bisson - Additional Needs Administrator
  • Your child's Head of Keystage

Where can I find out more information?

  • To find out about Swindon Borough Council’s local offer for SEND please go to http://mycaremysupport.co.uk, their care and support information and advice website.
  • The national website ‘SEND Gateway’ powered by the National Association of Special Educational Needs will give you links to associations and charities.
  • If you need help getting the support your child needs SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service) can be contacted (Tel: 01793 463331| Email: customerservices@swindon.gov.uk).
  • SAM (Swindon Advocacy Movement) is a free statutory service for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities and their families (Tel: 01793 542575 | www.swindonadvocacy.org.uk).

For an overview and further detail of the additional support currently available at Abbey Park School in a clear format please see the document below.


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Last Updated: 16th October 2017