Special Educational Needs Information
Wallington County Grammar School provides expert, personalised support to enable all students with special educational needs to reach the heights and access world class universities when they leave us. We want our students to be happy, healthy, ambitious, resilient and to have a high awareness of their diagnosis and how best to manage it.
The SENCo at WCGS is Mrs Duvessa Owen (Deputy Headteacher/ DSL), who can be contacted via email at email@example.com
SENCo Assistant Mrs Asma Farshori
Learning Support Assistant Mrs Marianne Osbourne
The SEN Governor is Mr Wayne Newall
The WCGS Special Educational Needs Information and Parent Report can be found here
Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special considerations guidance can be found here https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-
The SEND code of practice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/
The London Borough of Sutton’s Local Offer can be found here https://www.sutton.gov.uk/
A glossary of SEND terms can be found here https://www.sutton.gov.uk/-/
SIASS provides free impartial, confidential and accurate information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents/ carers. https://www.siass.co.uk/
Monitoring of SEN at WCGS
The Local advisory board is responsible for ensuring high quality policy and provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs. The SEN local advisory board member meets the SENCo regularly to support the evaluation of SEN provision in the school. He also observes lessons, and attends CPD to further upskill his knowledge on SEN. Responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the progress of all pupils and for making strategic decisions which will maximise their opportunity to learn lies with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. The SENCo is the Deputy Headteacher. The role of the SENCo is to have overall responsibility for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (as defined in the 2015 SEN Code of Practice), including identification and coordination of provision. The SENCo will liaise with, advise and manage training for teaching staff relating to pupils with SEN and their needs, ensuring that individual plans written for pupils are put into practice. The SENCo is responsible for annual reviews and other key meetings about pupils with SEN. The SENCo manages the referral procedures to the Local Authority to request High Needs funding and/or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) when it is suspected that a pupil may have SEN which will require significant support. The SENCo is responsible for the evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of all additional interventions for pupils with SEN. The SENCo is responsible for liaising with other agencies and professions when necessary to support a pupil with SEN. The progress of the SEN students will be monitored by the class teacher, Subject Leader, Year Leader and Key Stage leader.
Applications for places at the school are welcomed from all children and we are committed to ensuring fair access to the school for pupils of suitable ability with SEN and disabilities. We will make appropriate adjustments for the entrance tests for any candidate with a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, all regulations governing school admissions and with reference to JCQ Guidelines for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments. There is a process for this and more information can be found on the Admissions pages of this website. Please ensure that you declare any disability your child has when completing the online registration form to sit the Selective Eligibility Test. If a student is successful in gaining a place at WCGS, a pre meeting will occur with the primary school SENCo, in which all supporting documentation is shared. Parents and the student also get a 1:1 tour around the school with the SENCo, and they get to meet key staff who will be supporting their son/ daughter. An individual education plan (IEP) will also be created, by parents, student and SENCo pre joining WCGS.
WCGS School Life
The vision for SEN students whilst at WCGS is “WCGS provides expert, personalised support to enable all students with special educational needs to reach the heights and access world class universities when they leave us. We want our students to be happy, healthy, ambitious, resilient and to have a high awareness of their diagnosis and how best to manage it”. Throughout a SEN student's time at WCGS they will receive social, emotional, mental and academic support to fulfill their potential.
Please read the the WCGS Special Educational Needs Information and Parent Report which outlines more information.