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Special Educational Needs

Thurston Community College has a specialist Academic Support Team, which is led by Mrs Sue Carr, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Miss Claire Blanchford, Second in Academic Support. They are supported by a team of Teaching Assistants.

  • Provision for students on the SEND register can take several forms. At Key Stage 3 students may receive 1:1 interventions or small group interventions whilst at Key Stage 4 they may be invited to join a Study Skills group.
  • Quality First Teaching is central to the provision afforded to all students at Thurston Community College and in the care of students with SEND needs. The Academic Support team liaises with teaching staff and makes them aware of the most appropriate strategies to employ
  • Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will receive a personalised support plan which will be reviewed twice during the academic year.
  • Termly meetings are offered to all parents or students with SEND and these are in addition to the calendared Parent and Student Evenings.

In addition the Academic Support Team will also:

  • Play a key role in the transition of SEND students from primary schools and to post-16 education
  • Liaise with external agencies including educational psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and specialist advisory teachers
  • Liaise with the Governor responsible for monitoring the provision of SEND
  • Students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs may also be supported by Student Support Officers and the Inclusive Learning Room staff.

We believe all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they: 

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals leading fulfilling lives
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood.

 The following four documents provide information on Thurston Community College’s approach to SEND:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

SEND Information Report July 2019

SEND Accessibility Plan 2016-2019

Accessibility Audits

If you are concerned about your child’s progress or wellbeing, please contact your child’s tutor. If you feel that additional support is needed, please speak to Miss Claire Blanchford (Years 7 and 8) or Mrs Sue Carr (Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form) by telephone: 01359 230885 or email:



If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s current SEND provision please contact Mrs Sue Carr or Miss Blanchford as above depending on the year group of your child.