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Special Educational Needs

The SEND Department

NEW: See below Bristol City Council's Written Statement of Action (WSOA) plus the Ofsted/CQC approval letter

Please note that Miss Williams is now on Maternity Leave; in her absence please contact Mr Lee Mead:

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 Co-ordinator (SENCO). Our SENCO is Ms Jasmine Williams.

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.

Relevant policies can be found here.

For more information please contact the acting Director of our SEND Faculty, Mr Mead:

Bristol’s Local Offer website contains information about SEND provision across the city. It has information for parents and families about a wide range of services that can provide valuable information and support on a range of subjects, from short breaks to accessing additional funding. It also lists a range of agencies and services which may be able to provide parents with additional advice and support.

Supportive Parents ( provide Bristol’s Independent Advice and Support Service.

They can be contacted directly by parents from 9:30-4:30 every day, including holidays and provide face to face and helpline service.

SEND: Bristol's Written Statement of Action (WSOA) and the Ofsted/CQC approval letter

Message from Bristol City Council: Please find attached the final version of Bristol’s Written Statement of Action (WSOA), and the Ofsted/CQC approval letter for your information. The Written Statement of Action is our response to the Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inspection which took place in our local area at the end of last year. It is a transparent, formal framework for improving SEND provision which has been developed with a number of partners and incorporates the views of parents and carers.

Ofsted require that the Written Statement of Action must be published on local websites, so that parents, carers, children and young people can understand the actions we are taking to improve the effectiveness of the local area in identifying and meeting needs, and improving outcomes for children and young people who have SEND.  See: 

  1. SEN Information 2019 2020

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