Sir Thomas Fremantle School is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential and to helping them to develop into well rounded, confident individuals who are able to fulfil their role as positive members of their local community and the wider society. The school aims to be inclusive and provide an equality of opportunity for all students, irrespective of ability or disability.
At STFS, our SEND department consists of one SENDCO (Mrs Leah Martindale, Senior Assistant Head - firstname.lastname@example.org) and six teaching assistants, one of whom is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA - Ms Joanne Featonby). Our other teaching assistants are Michele Hopkins, Harriet Bartley, Sylvie Lemaitre, Suzy Peace and Sian Edgell. As a team, we work together to identify and respond to the needs of our students, with classroom support being given as a priority to students with EHCPs. Students identified as requiring SEND support may have access to teaching assistants and other agencies as appropriate/necessary, but it is expected that the majority of needs that do not require an EHCP will be met and addressed through a broad, differentiated curriculum. Our teaching assistants run catch-up literacy and numeracy interventions, the students for which are identified through the transition process (liaison with parents and primary schools), initial secondary assessment data (CATS tests and other baseline assessments in year 7) and teacher identification of need. Our fundamental provision for students with SEND is the provision of high-quality, differentiated teaching in small classes, allowing better access to 1-1 specialist teacher input.
A link to our local offer can be found here which also contains our Annual SEN report, also linked on this page.
Our SEND policy can be found in our policies page.