Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)


We take a whole school inclusive approach to students with special educational needs, and believe that every student has the right to a broad and balanced curriculum recognising the aims of the school are the same for all students whatever their abilities.

We have an experienced and caring team of Learning Support Assistants, who strike the correct balance between support and independent learning. The way we Support individual students is flexible depending on their needs, and a range of strategies are used to enable students to achieve their full potential.


Identifying Children’s Additional Needs

How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?

The school uses end of KS2 results from primary schools, as well as a range of other assessments (e.g. numeracy, reading and spelling), to identify any student who may require additional support. The Learning Support Department ensures that teachers are aware of these needs and offers advice regarding strategies which will enable students to have maximum access to the curriculum. We have a database of all the pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education and Healthcare plan detailing their specific needs and strategies on how best to support these needs. During their time at Roding Valley staff will raise any concerns they may have about a pupil to the SENDCo. These concerns are assessed and the correct course of action to ensure the pupil has the provision in place to access the curriculum and make progress decided.



You can find out more about our special educational needs and disabilities provision in our SEND report. (Updated June 2018)

Contacts at the school

Who should I contact at the school?

Mrs Roma Lafferty is a teacher of English and SENDCo.  Miss Anabel Smith, supports the Learning Support Department and can also be contacted with any queries.  Please find below a list of emails for all the key people who support the various strategies in the school.

SENDCO: Mrs R Lafferty – rlafferty@rodingvalley.net

Lead SEND Practitioner: Miss A Smith – asmith@rodingvalley.net

SEND Administrator: Ms D French – dfrench@rodingvalley.net

PAL Behaviour Co-ordinator: Mrs S King –  sking@rodingvalley.net

Hub Manager: Mrs L Dyson – ldyson@rodingvalley.net