The School's Learning Development department works closely with students' previous schools to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Warlingham School 

SENCO - Mrs T Needs, Assistant Headteacher

During the lockdown, much of the support has been through phone calls, some home visits and team meetings.  As well as working closely with subject departments to help make the work accessible. The department has been updating resources and completing training courses in a wide range of special needs to further develop our knowledge and understanding of how we can better support our young people. We have also bought Wordshark and enrolled a number of students onto this, alongside Lexia.  We have updated Read and Write gold so that this can be more widely used at home. These 3 programmes support the teaching of Literacy.

When we return to school, it is likely that due to Covid-19 restrictions, support will look very different in the first instance. In-class support will be very restricted, so we will be working more on a one-to-one or small group bubbles outside of the classroom. We are hoping to offer more on line support with programmes such as Cogmed, Wordshark and Lexia.  The work of the Bridge will need to be reduced to take into account the year group bubbles and to limit the contact outside of this. 

As the government guidelines change we will adapt with this.  However, the welfare of our students is paramount at all times and we will continue to do what we can, given the limitations being set.

The School's Learning Development department works closely with students' previous schools to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Warlingham School, wherever possible.

We collect SEND information, attend annual reviews where appropriate and visit students in their primary schools.  Normally we also offer extra transition sessions before the induction days for more vulnerable students.

During the lockdown we have held team and zoom meetings with schools to collate information.  We have attempted to contact all of the families of every student that has been identified as having SEN to gain further insight into the nature of their difficulties.  We have had some individual on line meetings for students with more complex needs.  We also held a socially distanced picnic and an external tour of the school.  We have provided an extra pack of information to be referred to over the summer holiday period.  There are virtual tours of the school and a video message from every year 7 form tutor.

In Key Stage 3 we support pupils in a variety of ways.  We use Cogmed to help students develop their memory skills and introduce Read and Write Gold to aid the majority of Year 7 students.  We also have Lexia and Wordshark which supports literacy development. This usually takes place during registration for identified students and should be supported at home.  We offer literacy support to small groups of students, reducing time in Modern Foreign Language lessons.  We have transition and social skills groups during Year 7, as well as identify pupils who need a higher level of support to develop their reading and spelling skills.  These pupils will be withdrawn in a small group once a week over an agreed period of time (usually six weeks).  A handwriting programme is available for home use, supported by the department. 

In Key Stage 3 it is the class teacher’s responsibility during assessments to ensure that extra time is arranged where agreed, either during the following lesson, or adapt the marks to take their needs into account.

Setting in Maths and English means that students are taught in smaller groups, with extra support available. We run an after school homework club where adult support is available. This takes place in the Learning Resource Centre.  A lunchtime club is available for identified students.  Students who are anxious have access to the Bridge before school and at break and lunchtimes as agreed with their Head of House.

We offer some learning mentoring, listening and counselling (via Learning Space) where appropriate.  Again referrals for this are through the Head of House.

In Key Stage 4, we have the option of extra lessons in Learning Development.  Pupils will have up to three hours per fortnight and during this time they have the opportunity to develop study skills, do extra work for English and Maths, as well as completing a level 1 and 2 Health and Safety in the Workplace qualification (through the British Safety Council).  Some of the work is based on the Princes Trust Achieve Award. We continue to support in the classroom as well as offering 1-1 support where necessary.  Students are regularly assessed for exam concessions and these are put into place by the Learning Development team in Key Stage 4. 

In Key Stage 5 we offer a small amount of in class support and some 1-1 work.  This can be for learning or for emotional needs.

We have very limited access to an Educational Psychologist, whose main work is with students who have an EHCP.  We do employ a Behaviour Management specialist who works with students who are referred by the Heads of House.  All other external agencies e.g. speech and language will be agreed on an individual basis.


SEND Publications:

To read or download our SEND Policy COVID-19 update click here 

To read or download our SEND Information Report please click here

To read or download our SEND Support Provision Map please click here

To read or download our Accessibility Plan please click here

Our SEND Policy can be found on the Policies webpage

SEND local offer frequently asked questions (FAQs) click here