Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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

The SEND team is keen to ensure that every young person makes excellent levels of progress, through a careful journey of bespoke support and personalisation. We aim to develop independent learners who secure the gift of choice and are able to aspire beyond any limitations.

The SEND team is centralised from our support centre, the Beacon. It is here that students can receive additional support with their learning and where they can attend 1:1 or small group interventions which focus on the essentials of literacy, reading and social skills. The Beacon ‘social times pass’ is available to those students who may benefit from a quiet, serene environment in order to eat their lunch. This pass is also available to those young people who may require additional support with developing their social skills and peer relationships. The Beacon is staffed by a member of the SEND team throughout the school day. Students may access the Beacon for a plethora of reasons – our aim is to remove barriers to learning so access to learning is re-established.

We pride ourselves on well-established links and close co-operation with external agencies and our feeder primary schools. This enables us to work closely with you as parents/carers to ensure your child received the additional support they may need from both within the academy and also via appropriate external agencies. It is this strong partnership that strengthens the holistic support we aim to offer our young people.

Meet The SEND Team

Mr Moncur

Mr Moncur

Principal - SLT Line Manager

Miss Hanif

Miss Hanif

Assistant Principal i/c of SEND

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones

Assistant SEND Coordinator

John Mark Derbyshire

John Mark Derbyshire

SEND Manager

Dina Riane

Dina Riane

Teaching Assistant

Parents/carers support

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?