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Samuel Whitbread Academy

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.

Mr Thomas Rowell
Assistant Principal


Mr T Rowell – Assistant Principal, SENCO, BEST SEND and Inclusion
Mrs J Swift - Head of Learning Support, including ASC provision

Learning Support and Special Educational Needs Information Report

Learning Support Exam Arrangements

The deadline for all applications for exam access arrangements is the last Friday before February half term 2021 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 J Swift - Head of Learning Support, including ASC provision

Mrs M Ryan – HLTA

Mrs P Waring – Lead LSA (ASC Provision)

Mrs L Croucher - SEN Administrator

Miss R Franklin

Mrs E Duggan

Mrs B McGain-Harding

Mrs S Summan

The ASC Unit at Samuel Whitbread Academy

The ASC Unit is a specialist unit for students with Autism. 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 the Central Bedfordshire Local Authority. 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 support.

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 policies to create a consistent approach for our students. Students who join the ASC unit are expected to attend most of their subject in mainstream lessons. Students are encouraged to join clubs and socialise with other students. They are encouraged to participate in special events such as trips, sports day and charity fundraising events.

This guide to SEN provides more information.



English as an Additional Language

We support students for whom English is an additional language.  All staff are made aware of the need and adjust plans accordingly.  We monitor their progress carefully and provide learning support and mentoring for those students who are not making expected progress.  Please contact the Learning Support Department if you feel that your child needs more help in this area.

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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