Learning Support (SEND)

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


The Learning Support Team

The SEND team at Hugh Christie is led by Paul Bargery, Deputy 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 Conditions (ASC).
Within the SEND team, there is a range of expertise and specialisms:
  • Rosamund Maxwell is the ASC Skills Centre Manager and is responsible for ASC students within the Skills Centre. She is also responsible for the organisation of the Access Arrangements for all public examinations.
  • Angie Firkins is the Learning Support Intervention Team Leader and she is responsible for the delivery of our differentiated curriculum at Key Stage 4 and the day to day management of our team of Learning Support Assistants, She is supported by Theresa Clement (Higher Level Teaching Assistant).
  • Liz Harris is the Counselor and is available to talk with students regarding any problems or issues they may have.

Key Information

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.
2016 SEND report to parents available here
The SEN report on the school's policy for pupils with SEN is currently being updated and will appear here when agreed by the Governing Body.


  • 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 school 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 school.


  • 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

Learning Support:


About 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.