Special Educational Needs and Disability

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Welcome to The Blandford School Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) webpage. We hope you find the following information informative and reassuring as to the variety of ways we can support our young people with SEND to reach their full potential.


A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.”  SEND Code of Practice, 6.1


  • Penny White is our Assistant Head for Progress, Guidance and Welfare
  • Kirsty Cowley is our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo)
  • The Governor with responsibility for SEND is Mr J. Seal.


The Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is responsible for overseeing and planning the educational programme for all SEND students in the school. Different levels of support can be implemented dependent upon the needs of the student.


Should a young person be identified as requiring support to enable them to access the curriculum we have different support options available.


Support can include:

  • Learning Support lessons
  • 1:1 interventions
  • Small group work
  • TA mentoring
  • In class support.
  • In class differentiation


Any intervention is communicated with parents/carers and the opportunity to discuss this with the SENCo is available. Parents are kept informed of progress. We pride ourselves on good communication and links with home. We regularly contact parents to discuss a variety of issues beyond just those academic concerns to develop a joint approach from both home and school to ensure the young person is well supported and happy.


In school we are able to provide daily support via our Lunch Lounge (safe haven), Year Teaching Assistant (TA) nurture groups, TA mentoring and Homework Club.


If necessary outside agencies would be called in to further support students:

  • Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS)
  • Ansbury Career Advisors
  • Educational Psychologist (EP) service
  • Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • School Nurse
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Hearing and Vision Support Service
  • Speech and Language Support Service
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Locality Social Worker/Social Care
  • Shadows

Where required we will request support from outside agencies as to how to best support our SEND students. Where appropriate audits, assessments and guidance can be sought and carried out to help us ensure the environment is appropriate to the needs we strive to support.

From a medical perspective we have fully trained first aiders in school. Our lead first aider is responsible for all medical information being disseminated and student medication being administered where appropriate. We have the support of our Community Paediatrician for referrals of a medical nature. We are also able to refer students to the school nurse or other health professionals.  Care plans are implemented where appropriate.

Where students need emotional and social support we are able to provide TA mentoring who work with students within school. We are able to provide package timetables with mentoring as part of this. We have a Student Support Worker who works directly with the students with regards to any emotional needs. Where students are experiencing emotional issues to the level where it is impacting upon their learning, the Head of Year can initiate a Pastoral Support Plan which involves both home and school support.

Communication with parents/carers is absolutely vital. We actively encourage parents to update us, where appropriate, on issues, concerns and general information that can help us help the young person in our care. Parental support is imperative as they are the experts on their children and the information they can give us will help us efficiently support the needs of their child.

An important part of a young person’s development is their preparation for adulthood. We need to work together with the young person, parents/carers and agencies (where necessary) to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for the young person. This outcome must include the academic, social, emotional angles and their self esteem.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us!


01258 451121 (ext 313)

The Blandford School SEN Information Report

For parental support please see the links below for SENDIASS . This group provides independent support across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.


Please find below some information and polices that may be of interest to you, you can find more information on both the Policies page and the Medical Information page of this website.

Inclusion Policy

Accessibility Plan

Blandford Equality Information

Appendix 1 Equality Information

TBS Equality Objectives

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions and Managing Medicines Policy

Admissions Statement

Individual Healthcare Plan

Medication Permission Form


Family Information Directory

Dorset For You SEND news

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

The latest Government advice is as follows:  where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should NOT be contacted.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

If a student tests positive up to and including Wednesday, 7th April you must contact the school’s emergency number

07857 113728

Please provide the following information:

Name and year group of the student who has tested positive

Date of positive test

Date symptoms developed

Date student was last in school

Names of friends/contacts during school break and lunchtimes

The school will identify and contact families of close contacts during any lessons and tutor periods, and also families of any known social contacts provided by you.

Please leave your own contact details, including email and telephone number.

You do not need to contact the school if a member of your household tests positive, but you should follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace in terms of isolation required within your household.

I would like to thank the entire school community for your support and co-operation during this unusual and difficult half-term.

With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


Updated 20/07/2020


Click Here For – Reopening Plans


  1. Messages for parents/carers Years 11 & 13
  1. Child Protection and Student Welfare Concerns
  1. Health and Wellbeing
  1. Contact details for Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year, Senior Leadership Team and IT Systems Manager

Thank you very much for your support

Sally Wilson