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 is the Skills Centre Manager. She is responsible for ASC students within the Skills Centre and oversees the organisation of the Access Arrangements for all public examinations.

  • Angie Firkins is the 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.

  • Liz Harris is the  School Counsellor. She is 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.

SEND Annual Report to Governors here

SEND Policy here

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Important Links:

SEND Strategy - Kent County Council

Wellbeing Toolkit for Parents and Carers from The Education People and HeadStart Kent

Supporting Children with Transition to Secondary School

Main Stream Core Standards 

Please click here (parent version)

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:



If you wish to make a complaint about SEND provision at the school:

  1. Talk to the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO).

  2. Follow the school’s complaints procedure.

  3. Complain to your local authority.

Further information from the Department for Education is available here

Contact us...

SENCO - Paul Bargery 

ASD Provision - Rosamund Maxwell

Questions related to SEND exams and assessment - Jane Davies  JDavies@tonbridgefederation.co.uk

Questions related to SEND support - Angie Firkins afirkins@tonbridgefederation.co.uk