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The vision and aims of our SEND (Special Educational Needs Department) are as follows:

  • All children and young people are valued equally and have the right to learn, achieve and participate fully in education and in the wider community regardless of their abilities and behaviours.
  • All children and young people are empowered so that their voice is heard and heeded in decisions made about themselves.
  • All parents and carers are partners in meeting the needs of their children.
  • All children and young people are entitled to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is differentiated to meet individual learning styles, recognising personal strengths and needs.
  • The diversity of the needs of children and young people is recognised and met through a range of flexible, responsive and varied provision.

Provision for students with additional needs

The Assistant Vice Principal (Attitudes and Engagement) and Leader of Culture – Inclusion take leadership of the identification and provision for individuals and groups. Initial identification of each student’s needs is through the analysis of baseline data and as a result of discussions with parents/carers and our collaborative transition programme with our feeder primary schools.

Where special educational needs are identified, teachers adjust their planning to ensure that all learners can access the curriculum and make good progress. We expect each teacher to be a teacher of special educational needs, differentiating the work to meet individual student needs and be responsible for planning for each child to make progress.


  • Individual Student Profile – every student on the SEND register is invited on a regular basis, with their parent/carer, to co-construct, with a lead professional, their student passport outlining their additional needs and suggested support strategies. Any recommendations from external agencies is also incorporated into the passport which becomes the basis for in-class support.
  • In-class teaching assistant support as appropriate.
  • Intervention groups to target specific areas of need such as literacy, numeracy, social skills and nurture.
  • Lunch-club for vulnerable students.
  • A safe area, including a sensory room, are available, on a time-limited basis, to targeted students in order to ensure their inclusion in school.
  • External agencies – where further support is required we make referrals to a range of providers such as Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy etc.

click here to read the Reading SEN Information Report.

Click here to view Reading’s Local SEND Offer

Click here to view Excalibur’s SEND policy

Click here to view the SEND code of practice.

Click here to view the Academy Accessibility Plan

Click here to view the SEND Terms Glossary

To view the Maths and Literacy Catch-up Funding go to the Pupil Premium and Year 8 Catch-up funding tab under school information


The team is made up of:

Mrs Rhian Williams – SENDCo (email contact: / 0118 2143888)

Mr Daniel Burnell – Assistant Vice Principal – Attitudes and Engagement

Mr Andrew Hollands – Director of Sixth Form and Futures

Mr Simon Elford – Interim Progress Leader for Year 11

Miss Shannon Wells – Progress Leader for Year 10

Miss Charlotte O’Connor – Progress Leader for Year 9

Mr Vito Columbro – Progress Leader for Year 8

Mr David Marsh – Progress Leader for Year 7

Ms Kate Pike – Student Wellbeing Leader, Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Ms Karen Farquharson – Family Liaison Officer


Term Dates


Term 2

Inset day – Fri 11 Nov & Fri 2 Dec 2022

Mon 31 Oct – Tue 20 Dec 2022

Christmas break – Wed 21 Dec – Tue 3 Jan 2023

Term 3

Wed 4 Jan – Fri 10 Feb

Half term – Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb 2023