At Swanwick Hall School we ensure that all students have full access to all educational provision, opportunities and experiences. In order to provide all young people with the same chance of success, we deploy strategies to enhance equitable access and opportunity. This is underpinned by our value of inclusivity:  

We value the diversity within our school and provide opportunities for all to flourish and achieve their potential in a safe and happy environment. 

We have an experienced Inclusion Team, led by Shane Worrall, Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead: 

Helen Vladimirovs Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Kate Parkin Attendance Officer 

Rachel Christian Family Support Worker 

The school is committed to delivering an inclusive, wide ranging education for all students. Our own principles and practice are underpinned by the SEND Code of Practice, 2014 and we aim to make all possible ‘reasonable adjustments’ in order to meet the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Our team is committed to supporting all individual needs and in line with the graduated response to SEND, we have a tiered approach to our support. Teaching Assistants give support in lessons and also deliver intervention packages based around identified needs of individuals and small groups. Some students are offered a range of interventions to help meet their needs, and the effectiveness and suitability of these interventions will be reviewed at least once a term.

To view our SEND Policy and SEN report, please see our policies and documents page here.

Each year team is led by a Progress and Achievement Leader, a teacher who ensures that the ethos, behaviours and engagement with learning meet our expected standards and who oversees student progress towards ambitious targets. The PAL is supported by a Progress and Achievement Manager, a member of support staff who manages the year group on a day-to-day basis and is often the first point of contact for home. Each year team also has a group of tutors who oversee the learning and wellbeing of approximately 25-30 students in each tutor group. 

Lucy Owen: Assistant Headteacher

Jonathan Cox: Assistant Progress and Achievement Leader KS3

Connor Sanderson: Progress and Achievement Manager Year 7

Angela Millington: Progress and Achievement Manager Year 8

Grace Grundy: Progress and Achievement Manager Year 9

Rob Warren: Assistant Headteacher

Steven Greatorex: Assistant Progress and Achievement Leader KS4

Kerry Watson: Progress and Achievement Manager Year 10

Lorraine Grimmer: Progress and Achievement Manager Year 11

Ben Deaville: Progress and Achievement Leader Sixth Form

Matthew Lamb: Learning Mentor Sixth Form

The SEN Team:

  • Louise Gregory (SENDCo)
  • Kayleigh Barnett (ASPL)

We also have a team of highly trained and qualified Teaching Assistants who help the students in a variety of learning situations, provide in-class support and act as key-workers. 

All young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.

When students arrive at Swanwick Hall School, they are initially tested to give us their base or starting level.  This assessment along with transition information enables us to identify students who may need extra input or support to access the curriculum. 

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential in learning. Students with special educational needs (SEN) are fully included in all aspects of school life.

​Students with identified difficulties receive extra help which can be: 

  • “In-class” support, allowing students to access the curriculum alongside their peers.
  • Individual withdrawal, working on a one-to-one basis.
  • In small groups, for catch-up work in literacy, social behaviour etc…

Progress is continually monitored and appropriate individual development goals are set. 

Swanwick Hall School is fully committed to the inclusion of students with SEND providing that the School is compatible for the child’s age, ability and aptitude and that their attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other students in the School and is an efficient use of the Local Authority’s resources.

All students have different strengths and needs. At the Swanwick Hall School, we ensure that support is tailored so that everyone can succeed. We recognise that people, situations and circumstances often need to be treated individually ensuring that all students are ready to learn, can access the curriculum and can make outstanding progress.  

 The essence of equity versus equality is highlighted in the picture below. 

Please click here for our policies