Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Provision 

The SEND team at Hugh Christie is led by Paul Bargery, Deputy Principal (Safeguarding) 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 - ASC Skills Centre Manager 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 - Learning Support Intervention Team Leader. Angie is responsible for the oversight of the Learning Support Assistants, ensuring that support is in place in lessons. She is also responsible for organisation of the Annual Review process for students with EHCPs. She is supported by Theresa Clement (Higher Level Teaching Assistant / Lead First Aider).

  • Liz Harris - School Counsellor Available to talk with students regarding any problems or issues they may have.



  • 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 all 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.

Specialised Resource Provision

The school has a small Specialised Resource Provision (SRP) for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 

We offer a provision that enables children to access a main stream education whilst receiving the benefit of a supportive school and well qualified staff.  

If you are interested in more information about the SRP, please download the prospectus by clicking here.

Important links:

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:

Learning Support:




About the Autistic Spectrum:




Please click on the following link to access The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website page on how to support children and families with their mental health during these current uncertain times:


Contact us to enquire about SEND provision at Hugh Christie