Special Educational Needs

Visit the policies page to see the SEND policy

Thurston Community College has a specialist Academic Support Team, which is led by Mrs Sue Carr and Miss Claire Blanchford, Special Educational Needs Coordinators. They are supported by Mr Adam Scarfe, Specialist SEN Teacher and a team of Teaching Assistants, including Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

  • Provision for students on the SEND register can take several forms. At Key Stage 3 students may receive 1:1 interventions or small group interventions, in literacy, numeracy along with social, emotional and mental health wellbeing. Whilst at Key Stage 4 they may be invited to join a Study Skills group. We also offer 1:1 mentoring as appropriate.
  • Quality First Teaching is central to the provision afforded to all students at Thurston Community College. In the care of students with SEND needs. The Academic Support team liaises with teaching staff and makes them aware of the most appropriate strategies to employ
  • Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), will have an Annual Review and parents will be invited into school for this.
  • Termly meetings are offered to all parents or students with SEND and these are in addition to the calendared Parent and Student Evenings.

In addition the Academic Support Team will also:

  • Play a key role in the transition of SEND students from primary schools and to post-16 education
  • Liaise with external agencies including for example; educational psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and specialist advisory teachers
  • Liaise with the Governor responsible for monitoring the provision of SEND
  • Students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs may also be supported by Student Support Officers and the Inclusive Learning Room staff.

We believe all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they: 

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals leading fulfilling lives
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood.

 The following documents provide information on Thurston Community College’s approach to SEND:

SEND Information Report July 2021

SEND Accessibility Plan 2016-2019

Accessibility Audits

If you are concerned about your child’s progress or wellbeing, please contact your child’s tutor. If you feel that addition support is needed, or you wish to discuss the support further being offered please speak to a member of the Academic Support Team by telephone on 01359 230885 or by email.