SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

We’re A’ Jock Tamson’s Bairns” (Old Scots saying which means ‘ we are all the same under the skin’)

This is the philosophy which underpins our attitude to anyone who may need some extra learning and emotional support regardless of ability, colour, creed and race.

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Here at Acle Academy we have a superb team of highly competent Teaching Assistants and HLTAs led by Miss L Frary our SENDCO and her ‘delightful’ assistant, Julie Swain. All of the team have developed specialisms in ADHD; Autistic Spectrum conditions; Dyslexia (and related specific learning difficulties) and hearing and visual impairment and are actively engaged in supporting teachers in teaching and learning in and out of the classroom.

Younger students being given guidance on how to cope with the stress of tests/exams


Our ‘mantra’ is to make our young people as independent and resilient as possible especially by the end of Year 11 thereby preparing them to cope with the demands of VIth Form, college and the outside world.

We have recently been presented with another ‘Excellent Practice Award’ for TITAN where our vulnerable students perform particularly well in the county wide travel independence scheme. 

Awarded at this year’s special ceremony. We are hoping to collect a ‘full set!’

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Our SEND students also perform particularly well against national benchmarks but they are more than academic statistics to us. We firmly believe in supporting the wellbeing of our youngsters holistically so you will find our Support Room is a haven for emotional as well as academic support. 

Room 3, as it is also known, is a ‘sanctuary’ for any student in distress (and the odd adult!) but it is also a place of fun where students can relax before morning registration, during break and lunchtime every day. Additionally, small groups of students are withdrawn to Room 3 for literacy, numeracy, ASD social skills, anger management and working memory intervention . Our SENCO is also the Mental Health Lead and is proactive in supporting young people and families.

Unassuming on the outside but a welcoming, supportive, friendly ‘haven’ on the inside open to all our young people with or without SEND.

A more secluded place to chill / de-stress in our Room 3

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Working Memory group, particularly helpful to dyslexic students

We may not have beautiful, gleaming, new (curved!) buildings with lots of space and light but do not ‘judge a book by its cover.’ Come and see for yourself. How do you measure a friendly, caring school? Our results speak for themselves but we will never be complacent. We are constantly striving to be even better.

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Another view of Room 3 where students (particularly ASD youngsters) can ‘let off steam’ on computer games at break and lunchtime

We are proud of our reputation (ask the parents from out of our school catchment) and even though the current government has wiped the ECM logo from all its documentation please be assured that Every Child (still) Matters here at Acle Academy.

Miss L Frary, SENDCO

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