Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At John Smeaton Academy, we believe that all young people, regardless of ability or need, can flourish in our outstanding environment. We are extremely proud of our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision. The SENDCo, Mr Stuart, is responsible for the coordination of the offer we provide for our young people.

The department is keen to ensure that every young person makes outstanding progress, through a careful journey of support and personalisation. We aim to develop independent learners who are able to aspire beyond any limitations.

Where needed students are able to attend individual and small group programmes in the academy’s Personalised Support Centre which focus on the essentials of literacy, reading and social skills. Students are also able to socialise here during break and lunch, where they are supervised by members of staff.  Students may access the Personalised Support Centre for plethora of reasons; our aim is to remove barriers to learning so access to lessons is re-established.

Partnership work with external agencies and Primary schools enables us to work closely with you as parents/carers, strengthening the support we can offer to young people.




Mrs L O’Connor

Mrs L O’Connor

Vice Principal - SEND Line Manager

Ms T Warne

Ms T Warne

Acting SENDCo

What kind of help can be offered to pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability?
How are children and young people included in the planning for their support and provision?
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/young people’s special educational needs?
How will the school prepare and support my child/young person to join the academy, transfer to a new academy or the next stage of education and life?
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the academy?
What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall well-being?
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s/young person’s needs?
How will academy staff support my child/young person?
How does the academy know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
How will we assess how your child/young person is doing and how will we help you to support my child’s/young person’s learning?
What kinds of Special Educational Needs does John Smeaton Academy cater for?
How can I contact the SENDCo?