Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EHCP?

An EHCP is a legal document which replaces the old ‘statement’ of educational need. It can be in place for a student until they are 25 years old. 
Students are assessed by the local educational authority to decide if they qualify for an EHCP.

The EHCP will detail a student’s difficulties and support needs. Any support that is stated in the EHCP must be followed by the school. There may be funding from the local authority attached to the EHCP to meet the support needs of the student.  The school is responsible for the first £6k of support indicated in the EHCP.
The EHCP must be reviewed each year to evaluate student progress and continuing need.   

What should I do if I think my child has a special educational need or disability? Who do I contact?

Please contact: and address your concern to either the KS3 SENCO or KS4/5 SENCO or ring and ask for them to contact you.

How are adaptations made to the curriculum and learning environment for those students with physical or sensory needs?

  • Access to all buildings can be gained by wheelchair users
  • Specialist rooms are accessible by those with mobility difficulties either because they are situated on the ground floor or because lifts are available
  • Stairways and colour schemes are suitable for those with visual impairment
  • Sensory support is made available as and when needed and advice is taken from specialist professionals at the borough
  • There is a sensory room available in the SEN area with bean bags and soft lighting to support targeted students
  • Reasonable adjustments are made to support students e.g. a reduced timetable for those with medical needs as they recover


The school implements its duties under the Equality Act 2010.  

Can students with a special educational need engage in extra-curricular clubs and activities with those in the school who do not have a special educational need?


The school provides a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities open to all students, regardless of SEN

Homework Club takes place in the LRC and is available to all students of the school Monday to Friday from 2.50pm to 4.30pm. This is staffed by members of the Learning Support Team who are available to support students with their homework

Students are also encouraged to take part in school events, whether this be during Open Evenings, Peforming Arts events or Talent Shows – to name but a few.

My child has poor handwriting. Can they have extra time in their GCSE examinations?

No but handwriting intervention programmes are available.

My child has dyslexia. Can they have extra time in their GCSE examinations? 
Due to exam board restrictions the school needs to provide evidence that this concession is a daily method of working in school.

I want my child to see the EP. Can you make a referral?

Referrals will be made by the school where concerns meet the threshold for referral and where: the individual student has not responded to strategies put into place by the school; where further advice needs to be sought; where progress shows a widening gap between students and peers with progress below that expected given starting points.