There may be times in your school life when you, your teachers or family feel you need some extra support to make sure you achieve your best. We want to make sure that your individual abilities are recognised and that you can achieve your potential. We make sure that staff understand your needs and abilities and are aware of them when teaching you.
The team consists of:
Mr D Goodwin - Director of Inclusion
Mrs S Cabourn – SENDCo
Mrs C Holland – Advanced Educational Teaching Assistant
Mrs E Armitage - Senior Educational Teaching Assistant
We are committed to including and supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We seek to meet the individual needs of all students and an extensive range of intervention strategies are available both inside and outside of the classroom setting. The SENDCo attends the Curriculum Leaders meeting and the department is seen as an integral supportive mechanism for our students.
To view our SEND Policy please see our Policies page.
Mrs S Cabourn - SENDCo
Inclusion is part of SEND and provides support to vulnerable students at KS3 and KS4. We help students with low self-esteem, anger issues, disengaged from their learning or unable to make and retain friends. At KS4, the support is more targeted towards students achieving their GSCEs and preventing them becoming at risk of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
Mrs M Kennedy – Student Wellbeing Service / LAC Officer
If English is not your first language then we can provide support to make sure you achieve your potential in the Academy. Our New Arrivals program offers support for those arriving at Thornhill Community Academy to ensure that you have skills to enjoy and succeed in your lessons. At KS4 support is specifically targeted to help students achieve their GCSEs.
The department also interprets for parents for whom English is an additional language at Parents' Evenings and meetings. Home visits are also made to inform parents about the progress their child is making at the Academy. The Zone is open at break and lunchtime to offer social support and we also encourage students to use this time as an opportunity to get advice and assistance with homework.
Mrs F Mulla – EMA Co-ordinator
Mrs H Mulla – EMA Support Worker (KS3)
Mr S Chaudhry – Urdu teacher
The Academy has a Welfare Officer who deals with both day-to-day medical needs and emergency medical situations.
Mrs A Griffiths – Welfare Officer