Maiden Erlegh is committed to a policy of inclusion and our aim is to overcome barriers to learning and make sure that the needs of all students are met.  At Maiden Erlegh the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all students matters and we believe that all young people regardless of ability, need and behaviour are valued equally.

As a school, our priority is to provide high quality teaching and pastoral care and effective interventions.  The overwhelming majority of the school budget funds staff (Teaching Assistants, HLTAs, Senior Specialist Teaching Assistants and specialist administrative support for Inclusion) and staff training for teachers and support staff to ensure this happens.  In addition, the school funds SENCO costs and provides additional resources as appropriate e.g. specialist IT and software, enlarged resources for visually impaired students.

The Inclusion team is here to provide help, encouragement and additional teaching to students who have been identified as having special educational needs or disabilities.  Inclusion staff provide appropriate support for students with special educational needs across the curriculum.  We take a whole school approach in our provision for students with special educational needs, with all staff sharing in the support of their disabilities, difficulties, learning and welfare.

We aim:-

  • To help every young person reach their full potential and optimise their self-esteem
  • To encourage the whole community to develop and demonstrate a positive attitude towards special educational needs and disabilities
  • To encourage and support young people to participate in all decision making processes in relation to their education and take their views are taken into account
  • To follow a graduated approach to Special Educational Needs where appropriate actions are matched to the needs and wishes of each young person
  • To support the students in building the skills and attributes to develop their independence
  • To promote equality and consideration for others
  • To celebrate student achievement
  • To develop social skills

In all of this work we aim to work as closely as possible with parents to complement the work they do in supporting their child towards these goals.

Position Contact
SENCo Miss C Nimmo
Assistant SENCo Mrs S Bendall
SEND Managers

Mrs S Macro

Mrs S Stacey

Higher Level Teaching Assistants Mrs J Goodwin (Dyslexia)

Mrs A Wicks

  Mrs R Malik
  Mr O Batten
  Miss F Barton
Inclusion Administrators Mrs M Stacey
  Mrs R Skitt

If you wish to contact a member of this team, please email


The school is unable to diagnose any Special Educational Need, we will work with partner agencies and practitioners if a student is undergoing diagnosis and provide the required supporting information.  Where parents and students have a concern that an alternative examination arrangements may be required, we follow the guidelines set out by the Joint Qualification Council (JCQ).  Further information can be found here:

Examination Access Arrangements 2023 /24 can be found here.


We provide:-

  • Information to teachers on all students who are on the SEN Register (R) or have an Educational Health Care Plan (E).
  • Classroom Support Plans for students
  • In Classroom Support across the curriculum, where appropriate
  • Annual reviews for students with an Educational Health Care Plan
  • A calm, supportive environment in the Inclusion SEN area for those needing support during unstructured times
  • Two supervisors in the Inclusion SEN area for students to go to if they have any concerns or worries, before, during or after the school day
  • An enhanced transition programme for those needing additional support with the move to secondary school or between key stages
  • A quiet room
  • An enclosed garden, which students can work/sit in and can provide a calming environment

Extra-curricular Opportunities

Students can access additional Reading/Literacy Programmes in the form of Rapid Plus and Reading Plus from home.  These support students who require additional intervention for Reading, Spelling and Comprehension.

The Inclusion staff encourage our students to attend extra-curricular activities.  We also liaise and support the Activity Leaders, departments and pastoral teams, where we can, in support of our students accessing their activities.  The PE Department offer a multi skills club one day after school, this is by invitation only.

The SEND Information Report and Policy can be found on our Key Policies page.

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