There are two SENCOs at St John Fisher Catholic school responsible for AEN provision and direction within the school.
The Operational SENCO, Mr. D. Bridges, is the first point of call for all SEN concerns and/or questions.
The Strategic SENCO, Mr Halligan, has a focus on ensuring the vision and direction of the school continues to meet the needs to students
with SEN. He has completed the National Qualification for Special Educational Needs Coordination at Canterbury Christchurch University
A variety of CPD opportunities are available to both teaching and support staff including:
- Awareness in Autism
- Supporting students with ASD
- Teaching students with Dyslexia
- Level 2 Certificate in Working with Individuals with Learning Difficulties
Local SEND seminars are used to keep up to date on new legislation and support available
Miss Chapman, Mrs Lennon, Mr Stock and Mr Halligan have had full Designated Safeguarding Lead training
Miss Chapman has had full PREVENT training.
All staff have annual safeguarding training.
Mr. D. Bridges Email: email@example.com
Strategic SENCO and Designated Looked After Children Coordinator:
Mr. S. Halligan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. J. Gillespie Email: email@example.com
Click here to see the school’s SEN policy and SEND Information Report.
There are a wide range of additional needs that prevent some children being able to learn at the same speed as their peers. This can also impact on their ability to interact socially and cope with the changes that the transition to secondary school can bring. These needs will impact different children in different ways. The level and style of support will differ for each child depending on the impact that their need has on their learning.
Our support for transition into secondary school for our new students begins as soon as individuals are offered a place. For those with significant needs, we will attend any annual reviews as required to begin to get a clear picture of their individual needs and how best to support their learning.
- Additional transition visits for students who are nervous about starting secondary school (particularly ASD students) take place in May and June prior to the main induction day in early July. Students who would benefit from this are identified in conjunction with the relevant primary schools.
- Summer School. This takes place for two days in the last week of the summer holidays. This is a great way to make new friends in a relaxed setting completing creative activities before the new school term begins.
- Social Use of Language Program (SULP). This will help those who require additional support in being able to engage more positively in social situations
- Homework club—3:05—4:00pm Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri.
- Health care plans as needed
- Lunch club
- Marlborough Outreach support
- After school subject support for those needing extra help in key subjects
- Speech and Language Therapy Assessments where identified as appropriate
- Educational Psychologist Assessments
- After school reading intervention groups
- Exam Access Arrangements testing in Yr 9 & 10 for GCSE and A-Level courses
- Accelerated Reader program
- Literacy and numeracy intervention for targeted students where appropriate
- Bradfields Outreach Services
- Sensory Impairment team accessed via the Local Authority
- Rivermead referrals for medical needs
- EHCP applications for those with persistent significant need
- CAMHs referrals
Medway Education Authority Local Offer can be found at: