My name is Mrs Hyde, and I am the SENDCO here at Stretford Grammar School.
A young person has special educational needs if they find it harder to learn than most young people of the same age or if they have a disability that stops them from making use of the same facilities as their peers.
Stretford Grammar School SEND department is where students and their families can access help and advice regarding special educational needs and disability (SEND). As the SENDCO, I am responsible for helping to ensure that the school meets the needs of children with SEND and that SEND provisions are co-ordinated successfully.
I work alongside four Learning Support Workers who hold a wealth of experience supporting students with SEND. Mrs Ghaffur, Ms Wilson, Mrs McDonald and Mr Pelgrave have backgrounds within the fields of; Supporting students with SEND, SEMH and wellbeing, psychology, English Literature, nutrition and sociology. The Learning support team have also undertaken numerous training courses linked to SEND during their careers.
At Stretford Grammar School, each child with SEND has an individual learning ‘passport’ and is supported through a cycle of Assess, Plan, Do and Review. If needed, students can be supported by a key worker during lessons alongside quality first differentiated teaching where subject teachers set high expectations for every pupil and use a variety of strategies to overcome any potential barriers to each student’s learning.
The SEND department itself is based within the Learning Support Centre which is a warm and welcoming environment which provides both a safe haven and a quiet zone for undertaking work. Here, students will also be offered support and advice and the opportunity to undertake extra -curricular activities.
I hold a Parent SEND Forum each term to discuss the individual support that children with special educational needs are currently being offered but in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or queries.