Learning Support (SEND)

We have a strong and well developed Learning Support Department that supports students with Special Educational Needs. The dedicated team work with staff and students in classrooms to help them achieve their very best, as well as providing a package of support outside of the classroom to meet the needs of each student.


Assistant Principal

Learning Support and Special Educational Needs Information Report

Learning Support Exam Arrangements

The deadline for all applications for exam access arrangements is the 10th February 2017 for students sitting exams in the summer. 

Please ask Mr Rowell for more information.

Our SEND Information Report

Our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy has been written with regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice: 0-25 years (Sep 2014) and the Equalities Act (2010). 

Students will be identified through ongoing assessments by the child or young person’s teachers, and brought to the attention of the SENCO if they are making less than expected progress, in spite of high quality, differentiated classroom teaching targeted at the child or young person’s area of weakness. 

To find out more about how we are implementing our SEND Policy please use the link below.

Staff List

Mr T Rowell – Assistant Principal, SENCO, BEST SEND and Inclusion.
Mrs S Jellis – Head of Learning Support (Assistant SENCO) and English Teacher
Mrs P Gibbs – Specialist Teacher and Assessor for SEND
Mrs A Gardiner - Learning Support Teacher
Mrs K Graves - SEN Administrator


Mrs R Andrews
Mrs M Betts (Sixth Form and EAL link)
Miss K Burrage
Ms C Fortune
Ms J Griffiths
Mrs S Forrester

Mrs P Hughes
Mrs K Parr (Young Carers)
Mrs S Summan
Mrs A Eaton
Mrs L Gough
Mrs M Ryan

THE ASC Unit at Samuel Whitbread Academy

The ASC Unit is a specialist unit for students with Autism opened in September 2000. It provides education for a small group of students between Years 9 to 13. Students have an EHCP that clearly identifies that they have a difficulty on the Autistic Spectrum as their prime need. All students are assessed for their suitability for the unit against agreed criteria by a panel of professionals which includes members of the County Special Educational Needs Assessment and Monitoring Team and the Senior Educational Psychologist. Students selected are those who would have difficulty accessing a mainstream class but have the potential to do so for most of the school day if they have a secure base and enough structure is put in place to alleviate stress and its resultant possibly reactive behaviour.

The class base is planned along the lines of a specialist TEACCH classroom where we aim to create the right balance between interaction and ‘space’ from social demands; between meeting new challenges and staying in ‘comfort zones’. Individual timetables are adapted, negotiated and developed to meet each individual student’s need.

We aim to be as inclusive a part of Samuel Whitbread Academy as possible, following main college policies to create a consistent approach for our students. Students who join the ASC unit are expected to attend most of their subject lessons in mainstream lessons. Students are encouraged to join clubs and socialise with other students. They are encouraged to participate in special events such as college trips, sports day and charity fundraising events.

Staff List

Mrs H Hodgson - Teacher in Charge
Mrs J Sale - ASC Lead LSA, Second in Department

ASC learning Support Assistants

Mrs K Lee
Mrs P Waring
Mrs X Whiteley
Miss H Brookes
Mrs E Duggan

Our provision map shows what support we can offer.

Pupil Premium

We receive a grant from the government every year which we use in order to meet key objectives to make a significant impact on students' education and lives. More information can be found on our Pupil Premium page.

Central Bedfordshire Council Local Offer

Click the link below to view the Central Bedfordshire Council's Local Offer for children and young people with disabilities and special needs.

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