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SENDCo - Mr Justin Derby

Email Learning Support -

We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to develop and progress at school.

We also recognise that a considerable number of students will, from time to time, need extra support and encouragement to make the most of their opportunities at The Corsham School.

The Learning Support Team works with students who have a wide variety of needs, and we aim to offer a high standard of support to those with individual needs.

Students with difficulties include specific learning difficulties (dyslexia), significant learning difficulties, social & communication difficulties, sensory impairment and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

The provision in place is organised on a continuum that enables students to take their place fully within the school and community.

In order for students to gain their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, there is full integration into the school pastoral system and close cooperation with all subject teams.


During the two years before transfer to Secondary School, we work closely with our feeder Primary Schools to ensure that a smooth transition process can occur. We attend meetings to discuss individual needs and meet Year 5 and 6 students to help allay their fears about their move to us. We ensure that information and student files are transferred between us and Primary Schools and that relevant information is shared widely amongst staff within our school. We can provide additional transition visits for students who require a more personalised transition process.


SENDCo Justin Derby
Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) Chris Smith
Inclusion Co-ordinator/Learning Support Team Manager Lydia Smith
Student Behaviour Support Lauren Waller
Parent Support Advisor Sue Wort
Teaching Assistant Amanda Beck
Teaching Assistant Paul Watts
Teaching Assistant Clare Evans
Teaching Assistant Nicola Evans
Teaching Assistant Mandy Guy
Teaching Assistant Melissa Hogger
Teaching Assistant Emma Blackmore
Teaching Assistant Laura Wheeler
Teaching Assistant Simon Williams
Teaching Assistant Sarah Lewis
Teaching Assistant Martina Elter
Teaching Assistant Jade Hayward
Teaching Assistant Jennie Cracknell
Teaching Assistant Rebecca Hanney
Teaching Assistant Cheryl Devaney
Teaching Assistant Harry Neeves
Teaching Assistant Lisa Andrews-Heyde
Teaching Assistant Leighton Andrews

The Learning Support Team offers support in a variety of ways, which include:

  • In-class support for mainstream classes
  • Small literacy intervention classes at KS3 including Literacy Progress Units, support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • 1:1 literacy intervention sessions with Teaching Assistants focusing on developing reading, spelling & handwriting skills
  • Year 12 & 13 mentoring programmes
  • Social skills groups at KS3 & KS4
  • Support for KS4 students who take part in the Alternative Curriculum
  • Counselling, care & guidance is an integral part of daily routine
  • Advice, training and/or assistance with appropriate teaching methods
  • Provide suitable resources for use with students at all ability levels
  • Provide information on individual students and monitor student’s Individual Education Plans
  • Liaise with outside services and agencies e.g. Educational Psychologist, Educational Welfare Officers, Child & Family Therapy Services, Ethnic Minority & Achievement Service

The Learning Support Department has a suite of rooms used for 1:1, small group work and classes.

This includes a classroom that is used for students who have Access Arrangements in examinations.