Who’s Who within the Department

SENCO Mrs J Tomlinson

SENSO Ms E Marshall

At St Wilfrid’s Academy we value and support all our students and ensure that we work with all of their abilities and individual needs. We take our duty to provide equal opportunities for every person in our care very seriously and with this in mind we offer a safe and fully equipped learning environment which caters to the needs of every student.

We are committed to inclusion and demonstrate this through our curriculum and our efforts to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life.

 At St Wilfrid’s Academy we take a 'whole school approach' to Special Education Needs and Disabilities. All staff work together to ensure that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities can fulfil their academic potential as well as achieving physically, creatively, emotionally and socially.

We hope you find the following pages informative and useful. If you have any questions relating to SEND please do not hesitate to contact me on 01302 562540.

Jane Tomlinson


You can also read our SEN Report in full on our Statutory Information page here.

Further Information

What are the types of special needs children may have? 

At St Wilfrid’s Academy we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs. 

The Code of Practice 2014 states that:

‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’ 

The Four broad areas of need identified within the SEN Code of Practice 2014 are:

  • Communication and Interaction - e.g. speech articulation, stammering, speech and language delay, autism 
  • Cognition and Learning - e.g. global learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties - e.g. anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive, compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Sensory and Physical Needs (Visual impairment, hearing impairment, sensory needs) - e.g. autism, dyspraxia, toileting issues, physical disability  

As part of their programme of support for SEN your child may get:

  • a special learning programme
  • extra help from a teacher or assistant
  • to work in a smaller group
  • observation in class or at break     
  • help taking part in class activities
  • extra encouragement in their learning, for example to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
  • help communicating with other children
  • support with physical or personal care difficulties, for example eating, getting around school safely or using the toilet

SEND Interventions

Power of 2

The Power of 2 maths intervention is so called because of the proven success of 2 people working together. It aims to allow students more reinforcement and practice in basic number. The Power of 2 intervention provides students with their very own text book  which they  work through enabling them to quickly find their own level and gain a sense of confidence.

Rainbow Reading

The Rainbow Reading Programme is designed to improve reading skills by presenting students with a variety of topics, authors, styles and illustrations which make reading interesting. Each story or article has been carefully selected because of its educational value and attraction to a wide range of students with varying needs and interests. Built in assessment allows support staff to monitor progress. Text related activities include Cloze (Text Completion), Text Sequencing, Word Search, Writing and Dice Game sheets.

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader program is a computerised program that develops reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take a comprehension test. The program tracks their progress over the course of the school year.