SEND

At Tewkesbury Academy, we pride ourselves on knowing and understanding the individual special educational needs and disabilities of our young people, striving to offer the right support, in the right place at the right time. Regardless of ability, our mission is to ensure all students leave school well-rounded, confident citizens who have the skills to contribute to their communities. 

SEND and Learning Support

Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), from Year 7 to Year 13, will find support available from teachers and teaching assistants. Support is fully inclusive and takes place within classrooms to exemplify the Quality First Teaching staff provide.

Our Learning Support area provides bespoke interventions for those students who require additional support for; Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotion & Mental Health (SEMH) needs, Communication & Interaction and Physical & Sensory Needs. In addition, our Learning Support area is available to SEND students during social times.

Our Learning Support Team support students with a range of learning needs including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) including medical needs, Young Carers, Children in Care (CiC) or Previously Looked After Children (PLAC)

In meeting these needs, the academy seeks to ensure the curriculum is accessible, relevant, engaging, enjoyable, progressive and capable of leading to achievement for all students.

What is SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

A child has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision, in addition to what is provided for their other peers, to be made for him or her. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child’s ability to learn. They can broadly affect their:

  • Ability to understand/process information socially and in learning
  • Reading, writing, numeracy
  • Ability to concentrate and focus on a task
  • Emotional or mental health – maintaining a positive self-esteem and feelings, leading to anxiety or low mood
  • Behaviour – learning to regulate their emotions; and social interaction – the way they talk to adults and other children
  • Sensory/physical ability, including visual, hearing, motor coordination, spatial awareness or medical.

What happens if your child is struggling to access learning at TA?

If you have concerns about your child’s progress, you can initially speak to your child’s subject teacher, tutor or Head of Year. If you are concerned your child is still not making progress, you can speak to Ms Hawtree, the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (NASENCO) who has responsibility for SEND, or another member of the SEND team. Or click on the link below to see our Graduated Response.

Who can I talk to find out more?

Rachel Hawtree: Associate Assistant Pricipal, SENCO, Designated Teacher for Looked After Children (LAC) – [email protected] 
Jen Green: Parent Liaison, Interventions and EHCPs  – [email protected] 
Tracy Byrne: Transition and Provision Plans – [email protected] 
Trish Donneley: Exams and Access Arrangements – [email protected] 
Kirsty Vallender: Medical Needs  – [email protected] 

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Tewkesbury Academy
Ashchurch Road
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
GL20 8DF
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Tewkesbury Academy is proud to be part of the Cabot Learning Federation. 
Registered Company: Cabot Learning Federation
Company No: 06207590