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Special Educational Needs

The SEND Department

The School of Individual Development includes provision for students with SEND.

The SEND Department has extensive experience and expertise in supporting children who may face barriers to their learning through difficulties in:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

The faculty consists of a number of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) who provide support in class, and to small groups or individuals outside the classroom.

The faculty is overseen by a Special Educational Needs Director (SENCO), Miss Williams (contact details below).

A Resource Base for students with Sensory Impairments is also based at FHS. This base has skilled and dedicated LSAs and regular access to Teacher of the Deaf and Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired.

The SEND Department has excellent links with external agencies to support students at FHS. We liaise closely with local services providing Educational Psychology, Sensory Support, Communication and Social Interaction support, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language teams and Health professionals.

We are made aware of students’ needs through close links with Primary schools on students’ transition to FHS and through the strong links we build with families and carers. The School of Individual Development also operates a referral process, which allows FHS staff, students or parents and carers to refer students for further support.

Students supported by the School of Individual Development regularly meet and exceed targets set for student achievement as shown in our 2018 GCSE results:

2018 GCSE Headline Results for SEND cohorts

SEND cohorts achieved significantly above National Average for Progress 8 measures (+0.258)

SEND cohorts achieved 43.2% 9-4 English + Maths GCSE qualifications

Relevant policies can be found here.

For more information please contact the Director of our SEND Faculty, Miss Williams -

Link to Bristol LA’s Local Offer:

  1. SEN Information

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge