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Learning Support

Learning Support               


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The SEND team at Hugh Christie is led by Paul Bargery, Assistant Principal and SENCO.  Paul has responsibility for ensuring those students with additional educational needs at Hugh Christie get the support and guidance they need in order to access the curriculum. His specialism is working with those students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders(ASD)

Within the SEND team, there is a wide range of expertise and specialisms:

  • Mrs Rosamund Maxwell is responsible for ASD students within the Skills Centre. Rosamund is also responsible for the organisation of the Access Arrangements for all public examinations.

  • Mrs Crystal Barnes is a Dyslexia Specialist Tutor and is responsible for the organisation and delivery of a range of specific literacy based interventions.

  • Matt Heather is the  Lead SEND Teacher at Key Stage 3. His role includes the teaching of our specialised differentiated curriculum at Key Stage 3 and the monitoring of provision mapping at Key Stage 3.

  • Mrs Angie Firkins is the Learning Support Intervention Team Leader, she is responsible for the delivery of our differentiated curriculum at Key Stage 4 and the day to day management of our team of fifteen Learning Support Assistants, where she is supported by Mrs Jo Adrados (Higher Level Teaching Assistant for Key Stage 3) and Mrs Kathy Mills who also co-ordinates the delivery of intervention programmes in the Hugh Christie Skills Centre. 

  • Mrs Christiane Beauville is responsible for delivery of the English as an Additional Language programme.

  • Mrs Julia Souter is the Learning Support Department PA

Key Information

There is a new SEND Code of Practice which comes into effect on the 1st September 2014.  We will be updating our policies and procedures in line with the new code.

If  you click here, you will be able to read the latest SEND policy and information document. If there are any questions or comments regarding this document, please contact Paul Bargery at the College.

If you are interested in our ASD provision through The Skills Centre, please download the prospectus by clicking here.


  • To identify at the earliest opportunity all children who need special consideration to support their physical, sensory, social, emotional, communication or cognitive development.

  • To ensure that these children are given appropriate support to allow every child full access to the National Curriculum in a positive framework

  • To ensure that these children are fully included in all activities of the College in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.

  • To involve parents, pupils and others in developing a partnership of support, enabling them full confidence in the strategy as adopted by the College.


  • To provide a broad, balanced and suitably differentiated curriculum relevant to pupil needs, through all staff sharing responsibility for SEND.

  • To demonstrate that meeting the needs of children's learning and/or behaviour is part of high quality mainstream education.

  • To plan for any pupil who may at some time in their education have special educational needs.

  • To promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independent learning at al age levels.

  • To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.

  • To identify, monitor and support pupils who will need extra resources and/or teaching help as early as possible.

  • To work in partnership with the child's parents and other external agencies to provide for the child's special educational needs.

  • To regularly review the policy and practical arrangements to achieve best value.


Key links:

Key links if your child is on the Autistic Spectrum:


Local Offer

Local offer will make it easier for you to find information about services for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities. Click on the link below to go to the Local offer site.