Special Education Needs

The Ripley Academy aims to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mr Tom Reid and the rest of the Learning Support Department work closely with the Pastoral Team and Curriculum Areas to ensure that the individual needs of students are met.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are:

  1. Communication and Interaction
  2. Cognition and Learning
  3. Social, Mental and Emotional Health
  4. Sensory and/or Physical

Within this range of needs there is a graduated response within the academy.


The Learning Support Department

Mr Tom Reid – SENCO

Mrs Denice Maycock - Head of SEN (dmaycock@ripleyacademy.org)

Mrs Clark Hallam – Higher Level Teaching Assistant responsible for social skills and autism

Mrs Buxton – Higher Level Teaching Assistant responsible for post 16 students, COPE and buddy systems

Ms Bartlam, Mrs Bosworth, Ms Day, Mr Elliott, Mrs Newson, Ms Parr and Mrs Wiltshire – Learning Support Assistants that support in lessons, key work students and provide interventions



Where students who have a need in one or more areas that could impact upon their progress teachers will be notified of this and will adapt their lessons to meet their needs.

Curriculum areas or the SENCO may implement additional intervention in a small group or individually to address any more significant issues. Parents and carers will be informed of these interventions and receive feedback upon their impact.


Special Educational Needs Support

Students that have been provided will high quality differentiated teaching and short term support, who’s needs prove to be more significant and sustained, may be offered Special Educational Provision (SEP) in lessons or in small groups.

SEP is organised through a process of planning, implementation and review with the SENCO and parents or carers.

Once begun at the academy or in a feeder school SEP does not automatically continue, but is reviewed regularly with the student and parents and carers at least 3 times per year.

Click here to view Higher Attaining Special Educational Needs Students Document


Statement or Education Health and Care Plan

Students who have a significant and sustained need in one or more areas may have an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement agreed by the Local Authority. In which case regular in class support will be organised along with any additional interventions.

The SENCO will offer 3 opportunities each year to meet with the student and parents or carers to discuss progress and ensure that the student’s needs are met, including an annual review of provision with the Local Authority.


Further Information

If you have questions about SEND, your child has identified SEND or you think they may need support please read our SEND Information Report in the first instance or visit http://www.derbyshiresendlocaloffer.org/.

Useful SEND Links

SEND Information Report 2018

Provision Map 2018