Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

All staff at Atlantic Academy are here to support students. Should you have any questions about your child’s progress, or wish to discuss any aspect of Academy life, please contact your child’s coach in the first instance.

Our policies on supporting students with additional needs can be found on the Trust website.

Social and emotional support

We are pleased to announce developments within our support staff team, to include dedicated provision for students who are struggling to access learning due to social and emotional needs. Our nurture room opened in January 2020, and offers students the opportunity to talk, and participate in group or 1:1 therapeutic sessions, aimed at increasing young people’s ability to express their feelings and develop their own strategies for resilience.

Diagnostic assessments using Boxall Profiling have helped up to better understanding young people, and we have already seen the impact on behaviour and pupils ability to share their emotions and identify solutions. This builds on our Academy goal to ‘develop the whole learner’, and the student’s own priorities to improve mental health provision in the local area.

Working with parents and carers - education in partnership

As a small secondary school with around 200 students, we are uniquely placed to nurture very close partnerships with parents and carers. We try hard to provide parents/carers with the information they need to support their child’s learning.

Meetings and contact with parents usually take place within the normal cycle of the school year but we recognise that contact with parents of pupils with SEND needs may need to take place more frequently. Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will have a formal annual review meeting to discuss their support and progress but in practice, contact between all parents and school will be much more frequent. Parents are actively encouraged to contact the Learning Support Team (details below) whenever they have concerns or queries. We are always very happy to meet with parents or have a telephone conversation.

Support Staff at Atlantic Academy:

Learning Support Team

Leighton Tellem Special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo.)

Rita Sampson — Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Officer


Lucy Bryant — Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Fiona Jones — Learning Support Assistant specialising in literacy and reading

Natalja Von Armbrecht — Learning Support Assistant specialising in literacy and numeracy

Jonquil Verney - Learning Support Assistant specialising in Emotional Logic

Alfie Isherwood - Learning Support Assistant

Vicky Morrish - Learning Support Assistant

Michela Doniselli - Learning Support Assistant

Joshua Lucas- Learning Support Assistant

Elaine Brinklow - Learning Support Assistant

Jade Parkes - Learning Support Assistant

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Team

Emma Evans — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Inclusion)

Hayley Fouracre — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Behaviour support)

Emma Isherwood — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (SEMH)

Lily Bolitho - Pastoral Support