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Special Educational Needs

The SEND Department

The School of Individual Development includes provisions 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 Department consists of a large number of Learning Support Assistants who provide in class support and on occasions also provide support to small groups/individuals outside of a classroom situation..

A Sensory Impaired Resource Base for students with Visual and/or Hearing Impairments is also based at Fairfield. This base has skilled and dedicated LSAs and access to Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Teachers of the Deaf.

The SEND Department has excellent links with external agencies to support students at Fairfield. We regularly liaise with local Educational Psychology Services, Sensory Support Services, Communication and Social Interaction service, Occupational Therapist services, Speech and Language Services and Health Services.

We are aware of student's needs through close links with primary schools on student's transition to FHS and through the strong and regular links that we try and build with a student's home. The SEND Department is also part of the School of Individual Development’s regular referral process, which allows FHS staff; students or parents/carers to refer students for further support. . 

Relevant policies can be found here.

The SEND Department regularly meets and exceeds targets set for pupil cohorts as shown in our 2017 GCSE results:

2017 GCSE Headline Results for SEND cohorts

·                  SEND cohorts achieved significantly above National Average for Progress 8 measures (+0.12)

·                  SEND cohorts achieved 51% 9-4 English + Maths GCSE qualifications


For more information please contact the Director of our SEND Faculty, Mr Barnes -

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