Goodrich has a diverse pupil population which includes a proportion of children with identified Special Educational Needs. These needs are themselves diverse; 16 of our pupils currently have statements for SEN and 1:1 supporting adult, 75 pupils are at School Action Plus. Goodrich also supports a wider number of children at School Action through booster groups and in class support. We have robust links with outside agencies: specialist autism advice, speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, play therapy, advice from Summer House Pupil Referral Unit, Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services and community paediatricians.
Our school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Anna Olds, she works alongside Susanne Gosney who is assistant SENCo and SEN teacher, specialising in provision for pupils on the Autistic spectrum. We also have a phonographix tutor on site, Humera Abidi who enables dyslexic pupils to work independently and realise their potential. Our Learning mentors and Learning Support Assistants all work from Individual Education Plans which are written and reviewed annually for all pupils with statements or at School Action Plus. They work as part of the inclusion team with Italia Simeone, Assistant Head for Inclusion.
Goodrich School is committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their educational, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
The school recognises that many of its students, visitors and staff, whether disabled or otherwise, have individual needs when using school facilities. We recognise that for all pupils, the nature of their disabilities may mean that they experience specific difficulties related to accessing education, and the physical environment. As part of the ongoing commitment to the delivery of an inclusive educational service, we will endeavour to ensure that all our pupils receive a high standard of education.